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|Jan-26-17|| ||TheFocus: The first book I won in a summer reading program was <War and Peace> when I was 10 years old.|
By page 4, there had already been 137 characters introduced. I stopped reading it then.
|Jan-26-17|| ||HeMateMe: that's the book new prisoners took with them on their way to the Gulag--plenty of reading time.|
|Jan-26-17|| ||HeMateMe: squeeze
|Jan-30-17|| ||ZonszeinP: Hello <TheFocus>
I would suggest you to try again and read War and Peace
As a "winter program"|
|Jan-30-17|| ||TheFocus: <ZonszeinP> I think it would take several winters to read it.|
|Jan-30-17|| ||ZonszeinP: Satisfaction guaranteed...
Better than the Sgt Peppers..
|Mar-04-17|| ||Marmot PFL: Ten is way too young for W&P. It's not that difficult, but not exactly Huck Finn either. Get the version (Random House or Modern Library, forget which) with the separate list of all the characters.|
|Mar-04-17|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Bent Larsen.
Thanks for the great games.
|Mar-04-17|| ||Granny O Doul: War and Peace has exactly 365 chapters, making it an ideal choice for spending a year on. Also, it's on Gutenberg or Bartleby or one of those.|
|Mar-04-17|| ||parisattack: Happy Birthday, Bent Larsen. Your games have been an inspiration to me through the years. You added so much to the game!|
I owe a lot of black wins with the Pelikan to your victory against Robatsch in 1961:
Robatsch vs Larsen, 1963
And the first 'Sveshnikov' against Olafsson in 1959:
F Olafsson vs Larsen, 1959
|Nov-07-17|| ||FSR: Fun fact: Larsen was born just 12 days before Aron Nimzowitsch died in Copenhagen. (Well, not a fun fact for Nimzowitsch.) The two of them are undoubtedly Denmark's two greatest players (Nimzowitsch was born in Latvia but lived in Copenhagen for most of his life) and are "co-authors" of the Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack.|
|Nov-07-17|| ||HeMateMe: so, Nimzo was a Baltic german who emigrated to Denmark?|
|Nov-07-17|| ||perfidious: <HMM: so, Nimzo was a Baltic german who emigrated to Denmark?>|
I believe Ni(e)mzowitsch is derived from nemtsev (pronounced nyemtsev), the Russian word for German. No doubt someone more knowledgeable than I such as <Annie K.> can confirm this.
It is thought that Nimzo left Latvia after WWI to escape the anti-Semitism which may well have come his way had he stayed, even in the newly free Republic of Latvia.
|Nov-07-17|| ||FSR: "During the 1917 Russian Revolution, Nimzowitsch was in the Baltic war zone. He escaped being drafted into one of the armies by feigning madness, insisting that a fly was on his head. He then escaped to Berlin, and gave his first name as Arnold, possibly to avoid anti-Semitic persecution.|
Nimzowitsch eventually moved to Copenhagen in 1922, which coincided with his rise to the world chess elite, where he lived for the rest of his life in one small rented room. In Copenhagen, he twice won the Nordic Chess Championship, in 1924 and 1934. He obtained Danish citizenship and lived in Denmark until his death in 1935." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aron_...
|Nov-07-17|| ||HeMateMe: you can't blame anyone for wanting to escape the Red/White terror in Russia of the 1920s. It made the blood letting of the French Revolution look like a spring picnic, by comparison.|
|Nov-07-17|| ||moronovich: The best danish player,before Larsen entered the scene,was IM Enevoldsen,who became a friend of Nimzo.|
They now rest neck to neck on the same cemetary.
I had the personal honor to play the former danish champion,Gemzoe,several times.And he told me that he found it easy to draw Nimzo.But beating him was
next to impossible.
|Nov-16-17|| ||Annie K.: <perfidious: <<HMM: so, Nimzo was a Baltic german who emigrated to Denmark?>
I believe Ni(e)mzowitsch is derived from nemtsev (pronounced nyemtsev), the Russian word for German. No doubt someone more knowledgeable than I such as <Annie K.> can confirm this.>>|
Yes indeed, :) but one thing to remember about these origin-indicative surnames is that they are almost never a sign of <recent> origins.
Think about it: we all have surnames these days, and who is going to drop theirs when they emigrate somewhere, and that in favor of naming the land they just left, to boot?
No, these names came about way back when the people of a given country were just starting to adopt the custom of surnames; there was Joe, the smith, now known as Joe Smith (as opposed to Joe, the tailor, who is now Joe Taylor), oh and that new guy from some other land, who of course is now identified by that particular detail.
So if somebody is called Nimzowitsch, that only indicates that he had a distant ancestor who emigrated from Germany just when the surname fashion started - quite a few generations ago most likely - and almost certainly would have no cultural background from that particular country himself.
|Mar-04-18|| ||gars: March is a very rich month for Chess: Larsen, Fischer, Evans, Smejkal, Korchnoi, who else?|
|Mar-04-18|| ||Ironmanth: My favorite autograph is one from Bent Larsen at the World Open (which he won!) in NYC in 1974. He was analyzing with Julio Kaplan, and graciously tolerated my star struck interruption to grant my request. Happy birthday and RIP Grandmaster. Thanks for so many memorable games.|
|Mar-04-18|| ||thegoodanarchist: < offramp: Has anyone here read The Stand?>|
Yes, I read it. In fact, it is the only Stephen King book I have read.
I don't think King is a great writer.
|Mar-04-18|| ||TheFocus: I don't find King to be a great writer, although he did write an excellent book titled "On Writing."|
|Mar-04-18|| ||sfm: Larsen!!
He was for Denmark what Fischer was for USA - without the difficult stuff.
Up there and mixing with the world top and winning a string of GM-tournaments.
He famously ran into Fischer in Denver '71, but kept playing after and kept winning tournaments.
Somebody once wrote to him "You are not only our strongest player, but also our best chess writer, and it is doubtful that you will ever be surpassed by any one other Danish player". True it was, and it still is.
I met him a couple of times, and he was exactly as entertaining and pleasant as in his books.
|Jul-26-18|| ||ewan14: As someone said , if it was not for the three Soviets rule - in 1964 it would have been the Russians v Larsen
in the Candidates matches
and just as Korchnoi beat world champion Petrosian twice in 1965 , Larsen beat Petrosian twice in 1966
|Jul-26-18|| ||Howard: Larsen remarked in his book on his best games (the 60's edition) that if not for that rule, the eight Candidates in 1965 would have been just him and "seven Russians".|
On the other hand, Kasparov was a bit disparaging of that comment in his MGP, stating that Larsen probably wouldn't have advanced very far in the Candidates that year.
|Jul-26-18|| ||ewan14: I did not realise it was Larsen himself !
Depends which Soviets he played , he ran Tal close and , I think , beat Geller in the 3rd place play off
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