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|Nov-29-10|| ||wordfunph: trivia on GM Lev Psakhis..
+ GM Lev Psakhis claimed that he reached world-class status by memorizing the games of Bobby Fischer.
+ GM Lev Psakhis does not call himself a chess fanatic though he says that he does not grow weary even after many hours of playing chess provided he has a comfortable chair and nice pop-music playing. Psakhis grew a thick beard which he says his lucky charm, which is
probably so, as ever since he has never come worse than third in a chess tournament!
+ At Aruba 1992, GM Lev Psakhis defeated all three Polgar sisters.
happy 52nd birthday GM Psakhis!
|Sep-20-11|| ||wordfunph: just read from Chess U.K. mag that GM Psakhis <is dangerously ill and awaiting a liver transplant>, hope he feels better soon.|
|Nov-27-11|| ||ketchuplover: Due out 2-1-12 is Advanced Chess Tactics.
Get well soon Lev.
|Nov-29-12|| ||lost in space: Is Lev well after the liver transplantation?|
|Nov-29-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: Lev is, touch wood, in far better health and on the mend now, the last I heard.|
|Nov-29-12|| ||Domdaniel: Lev - my contemporary - was close to death a year ago, after picking up lethal diseases in a Russian blood transfusion. Now, after a liver transplant in Israel - he's reportedly much better.|
Nobody has ever written with more insight on the French ... but hey, staying alive matters too.
Keep on going, Lev.
|Nov-29-12|| ||perfidious: <Dom> Insight, leavened with a nice dash of humour.|
Psakhis' books are worthwhile reading.
We played two events together in July 1992, but never met. That would have been enjoyable indeed.
|Nov-29-12|| ||parisattack: <Domdaniel...Nobody has ever written with more insight on the French ... but hey, staying alive matters too.>|
Yes, awesome books on the French! Good to hear he is recovering.
|Dec-30-14|| ||offramp: Dvoretsky says that Psakhis was expelled by Botvinnik from his chess school because he played the Cochrane Gambit in a training game.|
|Dec-30-14|| ||perfidious: <offramp> Lovely--never heard that one!!|
|Dec-30-14|| ||john barleycorn: Psakhis should have attended the Tal chess school. Always wondered why he and Romanishin for example would not climb higher on the ladder. Bad luck being sandwiched between the established Karpov and the rising Kasparov, probably.|
|Dec-31-14|| ||perfidious: <john b> That bad luck thwarted the title aspirations of an entire generation. The two Ks were too dang good.|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <The principle of my play at that time was analogous to the Brazilian approach to soccer: our opponents will score as much as they can, and we will score as much as we have to> - Lev Psakhis (discussing his play around the time he won consecutive Soviet Championships).|
|May-24-15|| ||TheFocus: <In chess there are three results and two of them are good> - Lev Psakhis.|
|Nov-29-15|| ||Eggman: Happy birthday to this former world number 7!|
|Nov-29-15|| ||offramp: In the 40th year of Jaws ... Lev Psakhis!|
|Nov-29-16|| ||Marmot PFL: <Dvoretsky says that Psakhis was expelled by Botvinnik from his chess school because he played the Cochrane Gambit in a training game.>|
Gambits are very useful, for learning both attacking and defensive play and improving tactical ability. Even if you don't play these lines you still have to be able to meet them.
|Nov-29-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Lev Phakhis.|
|Mar-29-17|| ||saffuna: The USSR took first place at the 1981 World Student Team Championship.|
"After the tournament, Lev Psakhis and Juoian Hodgson got into a deep discussion. Fairly inebriated, Julian asked what would have happened if the Russians had not taken first place.
"'I would have gone to Siberia,' Lev replied. Julian expressed shock and dismay, but Lev let the hammer drop. "It's not so bad. I live in Siberia."
|May-24-17|| ||Howard: Hard to believe that Psakhas was tied for 7th in the world on the July, 1982 rating list, but....he was ! His rating had shot up 70 points since the last list.|
|Oct-30-18|| ||ketchuplover: At least one humanoid claims Lev has a 120 game unbeaten streak. Anyone have specific dates for this? tyia|
|Oct-30-18|| ||whiteshark: <ketchuplover> |
"But I can add a further twist to the saga, as I am also aware of the fact that <GM Lev Psakhis>, formerly the world No.7 and a two-time USSR co-champion from the early 1980s, went on an unbeaten run streak of 120 games that <stretched through late 1996 to mid-1998.>"
-- one humanoid
|Nov-29-18|| ||SChesshevsky: Seems a shame he didn't seem to get out of the Soviet Union much in what was maybe his prime years.|
But the guy sure could play chess:
Psakhis vs Seirawan, 1990
Korchnoi vs Psakhis, 1993
Psakhis vs Korchnoi, 2001
|Oct-09-19|| ||PJs Studio: In 64 games, Lev had 31 wins and only SIX loses (during his entire professional career(!)) with the Modern Benoni. |
That is damn Inspirational
|Oct-10-19|| ||parisattack: He mentions in his book, The Complete Benoni (1995) he (now) only plays it against an early Nf3 for White to avoid the Taimanov.|
If you decide to tread the Benoni waters - May the Force be with you.
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