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|Feb-09-12|| ||Penguincw: < Gulko is the only player to have won the chess championship of both the Soviet Union and United States. >|
Stunning. Fischer makes the US champ hard, while the Soviet won is like winning the world champ.
|Feb-09-12|| ||TheFocus: Anna Akhsharumova, the wife of Boris Gulko, was the Women's Soviet Chess Championship in 1976 and 1984. She won the 1987 U.S. Women's Chess Championship, with a perfect score.|
|Feb-10-12|| ||brankat: <TheFocus> Thank You for this info. So, here we have a perfect chess husband-wife team.|
|Feb-09-15|| ||NBAFan: Gulko maintains an impressive 3-1 record against Kasparov, including a victory as black.
Kasparov vs Gulko, 1982|
|May-24-15|| ||TheFocus: <When a good position begins to collapse, it normally collapses not into equality, but into ruins> - Boris Gulko.|
|Feb-09-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Boris Gulko.|
|Feb-09-17|| ||Marmot PFL: So Boris turned 70! although he looked 70 since he was 55. Bet he can still play the game.|
|Feb-09-17|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Boris Gulko.|
|Feb-09-17|| ||perfidious: A droll bit I posted elsewhere a time ago:
<....(I)n 1991, I took a train to Penn Station in Manhattan, on my way to play in the annual US Amateur Team East, spotted Boris Gulko amidst the masses of humanity and introduced myself. Did he ever look stunned-he likely figured I was KGB or some such thing, lol.>
|Aug-10-17|| ||Fusilli: There was a tournament where Gulko argued that he could play on the Shabbat but could not write the moves (and maybe also press the clock? I don't remember). He argued that playing the game was not work, but writing the moves was. Hence, he requested to have an assistant to write the moves.|
I don't remember if the request was granted, but I do remember he was criticized, I believe by GM Short, on the grounds that this was a self-serving interpretation of Jewish rules just to annoy his opponents (or something like that). Maybe it was GM Short on one of his "Short Stories" columns in New In Chess?
Does anyone remember this better than I do? Can someone post a link to the article in question or more information on this? Thank you!
|Aug-10-17|| ||Retireborn: <Fusili> This sounds more like Leonid Yudasin to me. I don't think Gulko is that religious, although I could be wrong of course.|
|Aug-10-17|| ||Fusilli: <Retireborn> I thought it was Gulko. If we go by attire, Yudasin looks the part of an Orthodox Jew better than Gulko, but Gulko might very well be observant too.|
Either way, I'd appreciate a link to information on this, whether it is Gulko or Yudasin. Thanks!
|Aug-10-17|| ||Fusilli: Follow up to my own question--I found a reference to the issue here:|
|Aug-10-17|| ||ChessHigherCat: <Fusilli> One of the posters on your second site said this:|
<It's a peculiar God that forbids you to work [on the Sabbath], but says it's OK to have someone else work for you.>
Funny, that's what I thought the creation was all about!
|Feb-02-18|| ||zanzibar: <Fusilli>'s first link is already stale. Gadzooks!|
|Feb-02-18|| ||zanzibar: I want to post a few of Soltis' comments about Gulko...|
Let's start with Botvinnik's comment (Botvinnik got to travel to Sweden in 1926 with other Soviets for a team match - he obviously considered the option of not returning...)
<The trip also made a lasting impression: When Boris Gulko and his wife applied for exit visas nearly 55 years later, Botvinnik said he “told them that I, too, could have remained in Stockholm in 1926. But, Botvinnik
added, “I didn't and it did not turn
Soltis <Soviet Chess: 1917-1992> p65.
|Feb-02-18|| ||zanzibar: Soltis p276 gives Gulko mention as a "new face" of Soviet chess, while talking about the "missing generation" (i.e. from WWII):|
<But as the 1960s headed towards their
end, the absence of the “missing generation” born during the War years seemed to have been obscured. The Soviet student team, with new faces such as Vladimir Tukmakov, Kuzmin and Boris Gulko, won the World Student Olympiad at Harrachov, Czechoslovakia in July 1967 by two points. There was no Soviet entrant for the 1967 World Junior because, for the first time in several years, politics overtly interfered. The Soviets and their Eastern Bloc allies boycotted the tournament, held in Jerusalem, to protest the Six-Day War.>
At least we now know that <CG>'s unattributed Harrachov games were part of a FIDE World Student Olympiad:
M Vukic vs Gulko, 1967
J Tomson vs Gulko, 1967
W Stork vs Gulko, 1967
Gulko vs M Schoeneberg, 1967
Soltis gives the tournament date as July, 1967, also adding info.
|Feb-02-18|| ||zanzibar: The Sochi 1970 tournament was interesting - it was a Scheveningen tournament of the GM's vs. the (young) Masters.|
Tal wrote extensively about it in 64, and a translation can be found here:
Gulko had a bad tournament, and Tal had this to say:
<The Moscow master Boris Gulko was out of practice for several months, and it affected his game. Gulko began the tournament very passively and lost to Korchnoi and Stein without much struggle. But then he managed to get in shape and gave a good fight to Tal in the third round.>
|Feb-02-18|| ||Retireborn: Wasn't Botvinnik was only 15 or so in 1926? I find it difficult to believe that staying in Stockholm was a realistic possibility for him then, practically and emotionally. The Gulkos were surely in a very different situation.|
|Feb-03-18|| ||zanzibar: <RB> yes, an important point that should be mentioned when quoting Botivinnik on the matter.|
Still, despite the practicality of the notion, it's still quite believable that the young Botivinnik did entertain the idea of staying behind in Stockholm - that he didn't, and that "it did not turn out too badly" for him in the end.
|Feb-03-18|| ||zanzibar: Soltis, ibid p336 notes Gulko's jump in performance in going from CM to GM level-play over the period 1974-1976:|
<Boris Gulko, only a candidate master
in 1974, made an enormous leap forward. Gulko nearly won the 1975 Soviet Championship and then exceeded the grandmaster norm by a point and a half as he won then 13th Capablanca Memorial in Cienfuegos, Cuba.>
|Feb-03-18|| ||zanzibar: <Gulko, the German-born son of a Red Army instructor, had become a grandmaster only in 1976.> Soviet Chess: 1917-1992 -p361|
And his wife had a good year in 1976 herself, winning the USSR Women's Ch.
Soltis gives Gulko's emmigration application as made in Dec, 1978, after which Gulko's problems really began to mount:
Gulko was not even allowed to continue to play after five games in Buenos Aires , perhaps because he was spotted by KGB agents attached to the team at a bookstore examining works of Solzhenitsyn and was followed to a movie theater where a film forbidden in the USSR was shown. After they applied for exit papers, the name of Gulko and Akhsharumov disappeared from the Soviet rating list and their financial resources dried up. Lev Khariton, who translated Fischer’s My Sixty Memorable Games for a Russian edition before himself emigrating, later said Gulko was the best known of the Soviet citizens denied the opportunity to emigrate. Or, as the joke went, Gulko was the best chessplayer among the “refuseniks” and the most experienced refusenik among the chessplayers.
Gulko did not play in another major tournament until June 1981, when he won the Moscow Championship, an open event, ahead of 12 grandmasters. The result went unnoticed in the Moscow press but appeared on the front page of the New York Times after Gulko made a brief but starding speech at the tournament prize-giving ceremony at the Central Chess Club. While embarrassed — as well as sympathetic — players listened, Gulko announced he had written a letter to FIDE demanding that it help Korchnoi’s family to emigrate.
Soltis - Soviet Chess: 1917-1991 p362
|Feb-09-18|| ||Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster!|
|Feb-09-18|| ||HeMateMe: A record that may never be broken? Gulko is the only man to have won both the USSR and USA championship. Could Svidler or Kramnik someday become American citizens, play the USA ch and win it? Maybe. Could Kasparov do it on a lark and win? He probably would not beat Wesley So or Fabs, so I'd file that one under 'no.'|
|Feb-09-18|| ||MissScarlett: Unlikely anyone will win another Soviet championship.|
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