A story about chess databases

FM WilliamSchill
Oct 5, 2011, 8:47 PM |

 I first played in a chess tournement in 1973 while in high school. It was a rich time in the Seattle area for a young chess player. Riding the bus to the famous 'Last Exit' coffee house I could play speed chess with Yasser Seirawan, John Donaldson and Eric Tangborn among the players about my age and older masters like Viktors Pupols, Jim McCormick and one Michael Spiegel. Today's story is about this last player. Michael was and I presume still is, a very nice guy. Being a young whippersnapper I loved played endless sessions of King's Gambits back and forth in speed games for whatever stakes I could afford. At this time 'Northwest Chess' was very popular and it was fun to publish assorted wins with funny names for ones opponents so that everyone would know who was being skewered! So speed games found their way into the pages and players such as 'Michelm Speignitz' and 'Ulrich Spiegel' got clobbered in assorted amusing ways. Of course I lost a great many games too, but then would an adult take the time to send these in? It seems not. In any case, as data mining began some speed games found the path from NWC into sites such as chessgames.com and even some actual published books on the King's Gambit! So much for the story, here is one of the aforementioned games you may find in places it does not really belong. 


[Event "Seattle Washington"]
[Site "Seattle Washington"]
[Date "1978.??.??"]
[EventDate "1978.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "William Schill"]
[Black "Ulrich Spiegel"]
[ECO "C34"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "29"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6 4. d4 g5 5. Bc4 Bg7 6. O-O h6
7. c3 Ne7 8. g3 fxg3 9. hxg3 O-O 10. Bxg5 hxg5 11. Nxg5 Bh6
12. Qh5 Bxg5 13. Qxg5+ Kh7 14. Rf6 Ng6 15. Bxf7 1-0