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|Nov-13-14|| ||TheFocus: <zanzibar> Gordon's bio has 1768 games.|
I don't submit games though. A biographer would have to do it.
|Nov-13-14|| ||zanzibar: Ha. Well, I think Enormous must have most of them... and I am aware that it has duplicate entries.|
I've been working on software to compare two data sets and cull out non-overlaps. Might be a good acid test.
Any glaring omissions thought? Like a favorite you think unforgivable not to have in the collection?
|Nov-13-14|| ||TheFocus: Not searched far enough yet.|
|Nov-17-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: <sfm: ... Fischer had the luck that nobody tore him away.>|
Well, it wasn't luck, it was Fischer himself. For example, he cut his mother out of his life for a while so he could focus (even more) on chess.
|Feb-24-15|| ||MissScarlett: Dale A Brandreth in <QCH>, Spring 1/1999:|
<As an example, I was very impressed by the account of Alekhine's visit to Hungary in 1927 on the eve of his titanic struggle with Capablanca. His games in the Kecskemet (1927) tournament are given together with a detailed report of the games he played in three simultaneous exhibitions in Budapest and Szenta. Hungary's chess fans idolized Alekhine. Alekhine sought to achieve a good score, but he also strove to give an impressive display of his mastery by the quality of his play.
When I think of the contrast of Alekhine's scintillating performances there and a super-efficient but dull simul (against weaker players) by Reshevsky in the 1980's which I saw in West Chester, Pennsylvania (+25, 0, 0), it is easy to understand why there are so many books devoted to Alekhine and so few to Reshevsky. In fact, after the West Chester performance the consensus was that he would not be invited back, principally because of his dead-fish personality, unfriendly disposition, and total lack of any attempt to entertain.>
|Apr-18-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Does Reshevsky have a Morphy number of 2?|
|Apr-18-15|| ||tamar: What would it be-Morphy-Bird-Janowski-Reshevsky?|
|Apr-18-15|| ||Phony Benoni: <JB> Doubtful. Morphy stopped playing about 60 years before Reshevsky showed up, so any mutual opponent would have been at least 80 years old. Not impossible, but one doesn't seem to have been unearthed as yet.|
|Apr-18-15|| ||Jim Bartle: I'm trying to figure who's the youngest player with a Morphy number of 3, or of 4, and I figured it would likely go through Reshevsky.|
The youngest to play Reshevsky I found was Alex Sherzer, born 1971, but I didn't check every player.
|Apr-18-15|| ||tamar: NN played both Morphy and Reshevsky...|
|Apr-18-15|| ||Jim Bartle: I thought of that!|
|Apr-18-15|| ||offramp: Bobby Fischer invented a kind of electronic nicotine-delivery system which he hoped would replace pipes and cigarettes. Reshevsky is using one in the picture at the top of this page.|
|Apr-18-15|| ||offramp: <Jim Bartle: I'm trying to figure who's the youngest player with a Morphy number of 3, or of 4, and I figured it would likely go through Reshevsky.
The youngest to play Reshevsky I found was Alex Sherzer, born 1971, but I didn't check every player.>|
The person to ask, the expert on <Morphy Numbers>, is User: fsr.
Two names that are worth remembering are Harriet Worrall (Walter Frere / Harriet Worrall although she is underrepresented at cg.com) and the great James Mortimer.
|Apr-18-15|| ||perfidious: Hmmmm....I still have a Morphy number of 4 (Benko and Bisguier).....|
|Apr-18-15|| ||MagnusVerMagnus: If Sammy was born this century he could have been an all time great IMHO.|
|Apr-19-15|| ||offramp: <MissScarlett:...a super-efficient but dull simul (against weaker players) by Reshevsky in the 1980's which I saw in West Chester, Pennsylvania...>|
I wonder if that is the Westchester that features in the musical Westchester Furioso?
|Apr-20-15|| ||Troller: <MagnusVerMagnus: If Sammy was born this century he could have been an all time great IMHO.>|
...And now he is not?
|Apr-20-15|| ||offramp: If he had been born this century he'd only be 15.
Sammy is an all-time great. One of the best of the 'all-time greats' because he was a natural. We can always learn from his games.
|Apr-20-15|| ||RookFile: If they had chess960 in Reshevsky's day, he'd be the champ at that. He barely studied openings in his prime, so he'd be right at home.|
|Apr-20-15|| ||Zonszein: I think that Reshevsky even gave a simul here in Paris at the age of 8 and beat a lot of long bearded club players. There is a picture somewhere|
|Apr-20-15|| ||Caissanist: Assuming speed chess counts, the youngest player to play Reshevsky is probably Jeff Sarwer. I don't know of any game scores, but there are a few seconds of video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-W... .|
|Apr-20-15|| ||Caissanist: I don't see how Reshevsky could have a Morphy number of 2, since every player who played against Morphy had apparently died by 1911: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphy....|
|Apr-20-15|| ||HeMateMe: In the comments section a reader says his father was "murdered by drug dealers when Jeff was 10." First time I've seen this clip or heard of this kid. Right away I had a bad vibe about the father, especially when he said he didn't want a trainer for his son.|
Could this kid have gone higher? We'll never know.
|Apr-20-15|| ||Caissanist: The comment I see was that his father was "murdered by drug dealers more than 10 years ago"--so far as I know, his father raised both him and his sister to adulthood. |
Jeff doesn't talk about his childhood much (for a while his sister was going to write a book, but that never happened). He does say, however, that although the way his father raised them was not right, the efforts by the Canadian authorities to "save" them were worse.
|Apr-21-15|| ||Phony Benoni: <Caissanist> We don't know the names of all Morphy's opponents, so it's possible one of them may have lived long enough to play Reshevsky. Unlikely, but possible.|
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