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|Jan-13-15|| ||zanzibar: < "Many's the good man before now drank out of the bottle." > - Joyce in <Ivy Day in the Committee Room>|
Continuing the riff...
<Zak spent the entire war at the front, and there he joined the Party,
which at the time was quite natural. Chess was always the main thing
in his life. Before the war he studied with Romanovsky. At the house
of the maestro a group of young Leningrad players gathered, including
Zak. Under the guidance of Romanovsky they analysed games, developed
openings, and played theme tournaments. Often he would talk about the
leading players from the past. Zak tried to carry over the aroma of
these lessons to the children in the Pioneers' Palace.
'Who, do you think, was the strongest player of all at the end of the
last century?' he would ask, copying Romanovsky.
The children had absolutely no idea what to answer, and were totally
at a loss : 'Steinitz? Chigorin?'
'That is what we too replied', said Vladimir Grigoryevich.
<After all the conceivable names had been given, Romanovsky, raising
his index finger, would say: 'Mason, you should look at Mason's
games. Mason played stronger than anyone...'>
Only on becoming more grown up, were the children to learn the
conclusion of this sentence, which was not said to them for
pedagogical reasons. It was : '... if he was sober, of course, and
this did not happen often...'
It is noteworthy that Zak himself did not in fact become a master.>
<Russian Silhouette's> by <Genna Sosokonko> (2009)
As noted by <offramp> earlier.
|Jan-13-15|| ||diceman: <brankat:
The Bio says <James Mason> was not his "real" name.
Does anyone know what the real name was? Thank You.>
|Jan-14-15|| ||zanzibar: Since when does <CG> use tinyurl's for wiki refs?|
Also, this is one of the better bios I've found on him:
(Ref'ed by wiki article too)
|Jan-14-15|| ||WannaBe: <Zanzibar> I don't think CG did that, one of the editor may have done it, because of the () in the link, which CG.com does not translate very well.|
Have to use forty; and forty-one; so the link would work.
|May-11-15|| ||TheFocus: <Every pawn is a potential queen> - James Mason.|
|May-13-15|| ||TheFocus: <Never make a good move too soon> - James Mason.|
|Nov-19-15|| ||plang: I thought he was pretty good in Lolita|
|Nov-19-15|| ||HeMateMe: he played a mean Rommel.|
|Nov-19-15|| ||gars: Let's praise James Mason games and books, but let's not forget Jose Raul Capablanca, born exactly thirty-nine years later.|
|Nov-19-15|| ||ketchuplover: reincarnation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Feb-05-16|| ||zanzibar: In regards to his play in
<2nd BCA Congress - London (1886)>:
<"Mason's play throughout the entire tournament was as usual notable for tenacity, coupled, at times, with a trifle of dulness, and many of his games were, if not 'linked sweetness,' certainly 'long drawn-out,' for some extended far above 100 moves with a draw to wind up with. Indeed of the twelve games he played exactly one half were drawn. Six draws out of twelve speak well for a player's dogged stubbornness whatever else they may show. It is worthy of note that exclusive of Mason's draws there were only five other draws made by all the remaining masters. His game with Lipschutz was somewhat remarkable. Mason played 1 P to K 3, and his opponent followed his example almost move for move until at the 12th move the following position appeared, wherein the White and Black pieces occupy precisely similar squares."
- BCM v7 p350>
|Jun-03-16|| ||zanzibar: Maybe mentioned before, definitely good enough to be mentioned again:|
A nice profile of Mason. The bio probably should also mention his contributions to BCM.
(And as far as chess is concerned - James Mason is good enough, he used it his entire lifetime)
|Nov-19-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, James Mason.|
|Jul-10-18|| ||Whitehat1963: A damned fine actor. I liked him in The Verdict.|
|Jul-10-18|| ||HeMateMe: My favorite Paul Newman movie, after 1) cool hand luke and 2) the sting.|
|Jul-10-18|| ||plang: The Verdict is very under-rated
of course Butch Cassidy
and A Long Hot Summer
|Jul-10-18|| ||plang: getting back to James Mason I liked Pandora and the Flying Dutchman|
|Jul-10-18|| ||Count Wedgemore: And Lolita, he was great in that film, although the film is not as good as the book (is it ever?).|
|Jul-10-18|| ||WannaBe: bunchapervs. =))|
|Jul-10-18|| ||saffuna: <And Lolita, he was great in that film, although the film is not as good as the book (is it ever?).>|
Feel free to disagree, but I thought much of the power of the book was the contrast between the proper, arch, almost academic way Humbert described events and the truly tawdry things he was describing.
That was lost in the movie.
|Jul-10-18|| ||Count Wedgemore: <saffuna> Agreed. That is an aspect of the book that the film doesn't convey. In fact, the Humbert in the book is very different from the movie character. I don't know if you remember that but the chronology of events is messed up in the film, too. And, of course, censorship limitations prevented Kubrick from making the film as he originally intented, as well.|
|Jul-11-18|| ||HeMateMe: Forgot about butch and the sundance kid, an all time great. There was a time when Redford's movies weren't boring and preachy.|
|Jul-11-18|| ||Whitehat1963: The Bridges of Madison County. The movie was FAR BETTER than the book. The book is garbage, a trifle. The movie features Meryl Streep and is well directed.|
|Jul-12-18|| ||plang: If we are going to talk about movies directed by Clint Eastwood they deserve their own thread - too many to mention.|
|Jul-12-18|| ||HeMateMe: I think the chimp in the biker movies should havebbeen nominated for an Oscar.|
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