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|Sep-09-09|| ||Mateo: <pacelli: Sokolov's fall from grace is generally attributed to his drinking woes. He took his loss to karpov in 87 badly, and simply never fully recovered and took to the bottle.> This is exactly what told me a russian GM.|
|Oct-01-09|| ||Eggman: <<"... pipped Artur Yusupov ..." Some fascinating language in the bio. I'm not entirely sure what to make of that.>>|
Quoting the Collins Concise English Dictionary, to "pip" means to "defeat (a person), especially when his success seems certain (often in pip at the post)." This is particularly appropo, as Yusupov led their match by 2 with just 4 to play, but then Sokolov scored 3.5/4 to clinch it.
|Mar-20-10|| ||wordfunph: Happy Birthday GM Andrei "Curly Hair" Sokolov!!!|
|Mar-20-10|| ||kurtrichards: <Sokolov's fall from grace is generally attributed to his drinking woes.> GM Vladislav Tkachiev fell asleep during one of his games drunk.|
Let's drink to that, Andrei! Happy birthday!
|Mar-20-10|| ||wordfunph: <kurtrichards: <Sokolov's fall from grace is generally attributed to his drinking woes.> GM Vladislav Tkachiev fell asleep during one of his games drunk.|
Let's drink to that, Andrei! Happy birthday!>
|Mar-20-11|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday!|
|Mar-20-11|| ||PeterB: Andrei Sokolov played Kevin Spraggett in a Candidates' match in Canada in 1988, but lost the match when he left his queen en prise. He hasn't done much since then!|
|Mar-20-11|| ||HeMateMe: Isn't there a Sokolov who was a Russian physicist and also a strong chess player, IM level? Could this be the same guy? |
I seem to remember reading something about a guy like that who emigrated/escaped from the USSR in the 70s or 80s and went to live in Israel.
|Apr-05-11|| ||dx9293: No, HeMateMe, this is the fallen meteor Andrei Sokolov, who was once ranked World No. 3 and was one step away from reaching a World Championship match with Kasparov. However, he lost his Candidates Final to Karpov in 1987 and never really recovered.|
|Apr-05-11|| ||perfidious: <PeterB: Andrei Sokolov played Kevin Spraggett in a Candidates' match in Canada in 1988, but lost the match when he left his queen en prise. He hasn't done much since then!>|
After the phase in which games were played at normal time controls, they then played a succession at progressively faster rapid games, culminating in G/15 (I think). Small wonder one of the players hung their queen in a rapid game-I'd like to see anyone play up to their normal strength with all that nervous tension and so much in the balance.
At least when Smyslov qualified from one of his Candidates matches in the 1983 cycle, it was a simple spin of a roulette wheel!
<HeMateMe: Isn't there a Sokolov who was a Russian physicist and also a strong chess player, IM level? Could this be the same guy?>
The physicist was: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei...
|Apr-05-11|| ||pawn to QB4: No, there really was a physicist named A.Sokolov: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arseni.... Not heard of him as a chess player though.|
|Apr-05-11|| ||HeMateMe: Ah, thanks for the info! I'm trying to think of one of these guys, an immigrant from the USSR to Israel, who played Kasparov in a simul, in Israel. He was a famous dissident (though not a physicist) who was also a strong chess player.|
I think Kaspy played 5 such guys, IM level players, in an exhibition simul, about 15 years ago.
|Apr-05-11|| ||keypusher: <HeMateMe> Natan Scharansky|
|Apr-05-11|| ||HeMateMe: thanks, <keypusher>, spot on data.|
Here's a bit of the wiki entry:
" Natan Sharansky was born in Stalino, Soviet Union on January 20, 1948 to a Jewish family. He graduated with a degree in applied mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. As a child,< he was a chess prodigy.> He performed in simultaneous and blindfold displays, usually against adults. At the age of 15, he won the championship in his native Donetsk. When incarcerated in solitary confinement, he claims to have played chess against himself in his mind. Sharansky <beat the world chess champion Garry Kasparov> in a simultaneous exhibition in Israel in 1996."
Perhaps he would have been a physicist, had it not been for his human rights work, which killed any chance of having a normal life in the USSR.
I was searching the net for "chess + physicist", couldn't find this name.
|May-20-11|| ||offramp: <Eggman: Quoting the Collins Concise English Dictionary, to "pip" means to "defeat (a person), especially when his success seems certain (often in pip at the post)." This is particularly appropo, as Yusupov led their match by 2 with just 4 to play, but then Sokolov scored 3.5/4 to clinch it.>|
LOL. Does that dictionary have "à propos" in it?
|Mar-20-12|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Andrei Sokolov!|
|Mar-20-12|| ||wordfunph: <Oct-30-03 Eggman: Sokolov lost in the first round of the following candidates in 1988 to heavy underdog Kevin Spraggett. I believe Sokolov was 25 years old at that time. I don't know how active he still is; in any event he is currently the 7th ranked player in France.>|
1988-89 Candidates Matches:
Kevin Spraggett upset his Soviet opponent Andrei Sokolov who relied on the old technology, the celebrated card files of Moscow's Central Chess Club. The trouble was there were virtually no Spraggett games on file!
happy birthday GM Andrei Sokolov!
|Mar-20-14|| ||Paraconti: Happy Birthday Sokolov, one of the great chess comets!|
|Mar-20-14|| ||Penguincw: Happy 51st birthday to GM Andrei Sokolov.|
|Mar-30-15|| ||zanzibar: Quite a mobile bunch, the participants of Biel izt (1985). Sokolov played for the Soviets then. |
Again, it would be nice if the bio could demarcate the years where a player was associated with other Federations than their current one.
|Nov-24-15|| ||siggemannen: I found this short interview with Sokolov during the Montpellier Candidates tourney:
Click on the small video on the left to see it
|Nov-24-15|| ||siggemannen: The main page provides some really nice pictures of the players|
|Mar-20-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Andrei Sokolov.|
|Jul-28-17|| ||Eagle41257: He's been living and playing for France since 2000.|
|Nov-05-17|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: The pronunciation on this page stresses the first o, but Wikipedia puts the stress on the last o.|
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