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|Feb-08-06|| ||Knight13: Was he a.... Doctor?|
|Feb-08-06|| ||blingice: I suppose <CG.com> made him a POTD again just to make me angry. Now to respond to all of your overreacting comments.|
<ArturoRivera> Since I never mentioned anything about Nimzo playing Capa, Nimzo not beating good people, Nimzo being not good, and (presumably) Dr. Vajda being "not good at all", I'd say your logic is WORSE than mine, you quote out of context, even if you are attempting to quoting anything at all. I never mentioned half the things you quoted me on, so that was likely the most illogical and ironic ad hominem to ever gleam off my flatscreen monitor, into my lenses, projected on my corneas, and processed by my brain to ever follow that same path. (You must be one of the liberals reporting on the war...) Maybe if you quoted me next time, rather than imagining things, or possibly even READ my post, and actually spell my name RIGHT, then you can insult me.
<sciacca khan> I quote from the bottom of my post: "Then again, if the choice was based on skill, the same 10 people would be picked again and again." I agree with you on some level.
<McCool> Good observation.
<iamverywellatchess> The 24th time you've ever posted on this site was quite a hilarious one... I don't even know what your post means. Please speak proper English if you are going to dis me, or speak in Spanish, or SOME language where there aren't so many grammatical errors. I'll translate it. Also, please spell my name right. It's a "g", not a "k".
<THE pawn> I again quote from the bottom of my post: "Then again, if the choice was based on skill, the same 10 people would be picked again and again." I'm really not defending anything. I'm saying that yes indeed, he is definetely better than me, but a person who finds <CG.com> on a search engine and visits here w/o a subscription won't know what to make of the POTD.
<Castle In The Sky> But the only ones we really CARE about are in the database, because anything we aren't seeing (according to quantum mechanics) isn't in the realm of "being". We can't accept a player because he beat a fantastic player once, and I'm certainly not detracting from him because he has a low winning percentage. (I'd caps this but it shrinks it to prevent flaming): *Dr. Arpad Vajda is a good player. Compared to the other players on the site who have 111 games or more, he is mediocre*
|Feb-09-06|| ||Gypsy: <Rimavska Sobota, Hungary> is in Slovakia.|
|Feb-09-06|| ||blingice: Haha, in the silence following my rant, <Gypsy> makes the first, awkward, icebreaking comment. Luckily he was not included in the rant...|
|Feb-09-06|| ||whatthefat: <blingice>
When I read your rant, I can only hear it in the baby's voice from Family Guy - which makes it all the more amusing. :)
|Feb-09-06|| ||blingice: Amusing? Yes. Brutally true? Yes.|
|Feb-09-06|| ||LancelotduLac: <blingice> As I see it, the main point isn't really about whether or not Dr. Vajda was a mediocre player "compared to the other players on the site who have 111 games or more." I tend to agree with those who point out that a player who has wins over the likes of Alekhine, Rubinstein, Reti, Tartakower, Flohr, etc. makes for a better than mediocre player, but whether someone is "mediocre" is a subjective judgment and I don't think it's so important to prove that he was or wasn't mediocre. |
The main question is whether <chessgames.com> should follow your suggestion of having the POTD be the very best players only, "Capablanca for a week, Kasparov for a week, Morphy for a week, etc." On this I strongly support their decision of sometimes choosing more obscure players. I think that the people who frequent this site are likely to be familiar with names like Morphy, Kasparov, and Capablanca, and many will already know a thing or two about them. If they are interested in these players or their games it won't be hard for them to pull up their pages. However, there are lesser known players in chess history who might be interesting to learn more about -- perhaps they were strong but forgotten players, maybe they led interesting lives, played one or two gems, invented new opening variations, etc. That's why it's nice for POTD to pick randomly (if that's how it works) and help the visitors to this site learn about some new players.
For example, I imagine that relatively few players are familiar with the name "Alexander Tolush." His record here is "only" 47%, so by your standards (<someone with a 46% win percentage is mediocre>) he is not worthy of being POTD. However Tolush was a great artist and produced many beautiful and exciting games, and I think it's more valuable for chessgames.com visitors to discover new, exciting players like him rather than have the POTD constantly give them links to players they are familiar with and whose pages they probably go to on their own.
|Feb-09-06|| ||blingice: <LancelotduLac> I award you with the honor of the first person to explain the position against mine beyond "uhhh, well we CAN'T have the same people EVERY day..."|
Since the way you explained it was coherent, complete, and logical, I now agree.
|Feb-09-06|| ||THE pawn: You seemed to be a nice guy, what bit you?|
|Feb-10-06|| ||blingice: <THE pawn> I don't know, maybe I was feeling argumentative that day, which I likely was. Whatev, didn't mean to start a multi-national argument. Now please, continue with your very good opinion of my character, because 9 days out of 10 it's true. :)|
|May-02-06|| ||Benzol: <Gypsy> In 1896 was Rimavska Sobota part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire?|
|May-02-07|| ||Skylark: This guy's bio forum has been ruined; half of these spam posts should be removed, they have nothing to do with the player.|
|May-02-07|| ||Maatalkko: The bio posts should be kept, because they show an important debate that proves how much a famous name can bias the opinion of a player/game. In the end everyone agreed that obscure masters like Dr. Vajda have value, because their games are high-quality enough to learn from. Having a low-profile PoTD helps us find forgotten gems that un-famous masters often create.|
|May-02-07|| ||mikrobi: Rimavska Sobota in Hungarian Rimaszombat was a Hungarian city for 1100 years, Since 1920 got to Slovakia, which country previously wasn't.|
|May-02-07|| ||Kleve: Amazing how everyone bothers to get worked up about blingice. Alas.|
I have seen his games in Vukovic's books... And I think that Dr Vajda played his games with tremendous imagination and skill, and the haters can ignore him if they wish.
|May-02-09|| ||wordfunph: His win over ex-world champ Alekhine in 1921 was not a fluke...happy birthday Dr. Arpad Vajda!|
|May-02-10|| ||wordfunph: Master Arpad Vajda, one of the heroes in Hungary's 2 gold medals in 1927-28 Chess Olympiads, helped the team by handling black pieces. He scored 8 points with six wins and four draws.|
you will forever be remembered Dr. Arpad Vajda!
|Aug-12-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Some biographical information and a photo:
|May-02-14|| ||Benzol: His surname sounds like it rhymes with spider.|
|May-02-14|| ||RedShield: < His win over ex-world champ Alekhine in 1921 was not a fluke>|
Without wishing to be pedantic, in 1921, Alekhine would have been a pre-world champion. But, as Karpov has averred, once a world champion, always a world champion.
|May-02-14|| ||offramp: <Benzol: His surname sounds like it rhymes with spider.>|
I believe he was known as Arpad Vajda the Rimaszombat Wombat.
|May-02-14|| ||RedShield: Dude, you need a holiday.|
|May-02-14|| ||Domdaniel: Um, wasn't A.Vajda one of the Elder Vampires in Kim Newman's 'Anno Dracula'? Or am I thinking of an Italian horror movie?|
|May-25-15|| ||MissScarlett: <Vajda, Police Chief of Budapest, was a strong international master who had drawn with both Capablanca and Marshall at the tournament in his home city the previous year.>|
German Wiki has: <Vajda studied law and political science at the Eotvos Lorand University , where he received his doctorate in 1921. Until his retirement, he remained in the civil service at the Hungarian police.> which suggests he was an official prosecutor rather than a policeman, as such.
|May-02-16|| ||TheTamale: Ah, < blingice>... What has become of you?|
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