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|Oct-06-09|| ||Fusilli: Actually, I made a mistake. The GM with the longest life span is Andre Lilienthal, who is 98 and therefore outlived Enrico Paoli (who died at 97) and Koltanowski, who died at 96. The second oldest living GM is, indeed, the great Vasily Smyslov, who is 88.|
|Jan-02-10|| ||Jedzz: I received a couple of old, old school chess books for Christmas, and bookmarking one of them was a yellowed newspaper clipping of a chess column by Koltanowski, which I'd thought I'd replicate here:|
First was a game between an O.I. Truelsen and C. Madsen , played in Norway in 1957. Neither player is in the database, for soon-to-be obvious reasons in Madsen's case. This was originally in descriptive notation, which I've translated to algebraic.
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 d5 4. e5 d4 5. exf6 dxc3 6. bxc3 Qxf6 7. d4 Be7(a) 8. Nf3 h6 9. Bd3 Nd7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. h4(b) Bd6 12. g4 c5 13. g5 Qe7 14. gxh6 g6 15. h5(c) gxh5 16. Rg1+ Kh8 17. Rg7 e5 18. Bg5 Qe8(d) 19. dxe5 Nxe5(e) 20. Rh7+ Kg8 21. Rh8+ Kxh8 22. Bf6+ Kg8 23. h7# 1-0
(a) Better would have been 7. ... Bd6. (b) White threatens 12. Bg5 hxg5 13. hxg5 Qf4 14. g3 Qg4 15. Bh7+ Kh8 16. Bb5+ etc. (c) White is putting on pressure, and will finish in brilliant style! (d) After 18. ... Qe6, there can follow 19. d5 Qh3 20. O-O-O. (e) 19. ... Bxe5 staves off the defeat by one more move."
Next was a puzzle:
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"White is to play and mate in two moves."
See if you can figure this one out.
|Jan-03-10|| ||HeMateMe: Doesn't B-f8# win at once? Or, is the trick to make it a legal mate in two, which would be more difficult?|
|Jan-03-10|| ||Jedzz: HeHateMe, 1. Bf8+ Kxc5. White is moving up the board, and thus the knight is en pris.|
|Jan-03-10|| ||HeMateMe: oops. My chess GPS navigotor was off.|
|Aug-14-10|| ||wordfunph: According to George Koltanowski in his book TV Chess, a player came complaining that he had just been mated by a rook and that he protested the outcome. His 20-year-old opponent had a long wide beard and he had "covered his rook with his beard". And then, when it was his turn to move,
had lifted his beard and mated with the "hidden" rook!|
|Aug-14-10|| ||HeMateMe: Ha!, I love that--Capa's 'submarine piece'!|
|Oct-28-10|| ||GrahamClayton: 1925 photo: http://tinyurl.com/2e8ut99|
|Aug-19-11|| ||wordfunph: H. Wallis' scoresheet played against Koltanowski in Leeds in 1938..|
|Oct-18-11|| ||whiteshark: < Despite the documented evidence by chess historian HJR Murray, I've always thought that chess was invented by a goddess >|
|Apr-16-12|| ||Caissanist: The story <Wordfunph> mentions was probably copied from Alfred Kreymborg's <Chess Reclaims a Devotee>, an amusing portrait of the New York chess world of a century ago: http://www.unz.org/Pub/AmMercury-19...|
|Sep-17-12|| ||Lil Swine: Happy Birthday Kolty|
|Sep-18-12|| ||HeMateMe: George is no longer with us, though I'm sure he'd be willing to play the whole site at blindfold chess, were it technically possible.|
|Oct-24-12|| ||wordfunph: <Caissanist> thanks for the link, extracted the story from a signed copy of TV Chess by Koltanowski.|
read somewhere that Kolty abandoned the idea of drawing a chessboard on the ceiling of his bedroom to study blindfold, ohhhh...hardcore chess!
|Feb-24-13|| ||WannaBe: In today's SF Chronicle, they had a classic reprint from 1981: |
Note the spelling by the author of Koltanowski's first name.
|Jul-29-13|| ||Phony Benoni: George Koltanowski, NSA Agent and Tournament Director of the 1964 US Open in Boston, giving fair warning to those nearing the time control:|
<"I have spies--policemen, if you will--walking among you. You may not think we can watch everyone at once, but I will be watching.">
"Thinking Men" by Gloria Negri, <Boston Globe>, August 18, 1964.
|Jul-30-13|| ||DoctorD: Perhaps PB, in regards to the Ivanov situation, organizers should ask,"WWKD?"|
|Sep-17-13|| ||brankat: R.I.P. master Kotlanowski.|
|Sep-17-13|| ||Abdel Irada: When "Kolty" edited the San Francisco Chronicle chess column, he was called George.|
When did he pluralize himself?
|Sep-17-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <Dredge Rivers: Blindfold is for wimps! He should have tried blindfolded, gagged, and handcuffed! Now, that's HARDCORE! :)>|
Mais non! That is not hardcore.
Hardcore would be: bound, gagged, blindfolded, chained, manacled and locked in a chest chained shut from the outside and submerged in ten feet of water.
(Just ask Harry Houdini.)
|Sep-17-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <HeMateMe: George is no longer with us, though I'm sure he'd be willing to play the whole site at blindfold chess, were it technically possible.>|
What, you've never heard of a seance?
(To save time, we can summon Kolty and Zaphod Beeblebrox IV simultaneously.)
|Sep-17-13|| ||Nosnibor: The casual game played against Love in 1949 deserves a mention. Good old Koltanowski did a favour for Dr.Ezra Love who within 12 months of this game died from tuberculosis.This game was played by correspondence and Dr Ezra who was not a strong player wanted to beat his father,Ezra Love Senior and therefore came to an arrangement with Kolty for him to make the moves on his behalf while masquerading as the player competing against his father.He had never beaten his father before.In July 1949 just before the end of the game he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and transferred to Sunny Acres TB Sanitorium in Providence R.I.At that point he broke the news to his father and told him that in reality he was playing a master and not his son.On the 11th February 1852 Ezra Love Senior wrote to Koltanowski as follows:-" Dear Koltanowski On your move 21 RxB! you are,after such a long wait receving two resignations...My son passed away... and I too am lost...Thanks for a splendid gameand for giving my son his first victory over his dad.It made him happy.Sincerely yours.Ezra Love Sr."(Source BCM PAGES122/123,1951)|
|Sep-17-13|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Koltanowski.|
|Dec-13-13|| ||GrahamClayton: Back in 1952, Kolty hosted a chess program on radio station KPFA of Berkeley, California, commencing each Friday night at 9.00 pm. He played a game against the station's listeners, and then analysed the game in future broadcasts. Would anyone know for how long this program ran on KPFA?|
|Jul-24-14|| ||diagonal: http://www.chessdryad.com/articles/...
<George Koltanowski: Father of Northern California Chess>
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