ICCF WC’s

<crawfb5> was nice enough to send me the complete set of ICCF WC01-25, i.e. the correspondence World Championship Finals. These are tournaments that take at least a year, and sometimes almost 10 years to complete. The lastest is WC29, started in 6/20/2015 (or 2015.06.20). They are RR’s, and can be played either via mail (aka…

Known Unknowns – Monte Carlo (1902)

We begin with a 2002 quote from Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense of the US : Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say…

Alekhine — Euwe WCC (1937) – The Rematch

  Let’s begin by listing all 30 of the games, as the last 5 are often not included since Alekhine won back his title by winning the 25th game on Tuesday, 1937.12.07. >>> for g in TG[t]: print `g`, ” “, g.GameSite 1937.10.05 D17 50 (R1) 1-0 Euwe, Max — Alekhine, Alexander The Hague NED…

CG Good WCC matches

There is a special category of tournaments on <CG>, WCC matches, which get a rather nice writeup on <CG> with a slightly altered format. Of course, WCC matches overlap with non-WCC matches, which overlap with other tournament categories (a match is really a 2-RR-n after all). But it is useful to separate them out as…

CG Good RR tournaments

Missing from the set is <Aachen, 7th congress WDS (1868)> which I didn’t have the time to fully investigate. It was the very first, and I was in a rush to process as many as I could, as quickly as I could. These tournaments came from my snapshot of the <CG> <Tournament Index> where N_games…

Wrong round assignments

blithe (adj.)   Old English bliþe “joyous, kind, cheerful, pleasant,” from Proto-Germanic *blithiz “gentle, kind” (cognates: Old Saxon bliði “bright, happy,” Middle Dutch blide, Dutch blijde, Old Norse bliðr “mild, gentle,” Old High German blidi “gay, friendly,” Gothic bleiþs “kind, friendly, merciful”). Rare since 16c. No cognates outside Germanic. “The earlier application was to the outward expression of kindly…