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|Dec-19-08|| ||whiskeyrebel: That's really good news.|
|Dec-19-08|| ||Tessie Tura: <I can't imagine Groucho in any language besides English.>|
<Jim Bartle>His rhythms and intonations would translate very well into Yiddish, which he probably knew.
Kashdan’s tournament book on the Second Piatigorsky Cup is terrific.
|Dec-21-08|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
<In Fischer's hands, a slight theoretical advantage is as good as being a queen ahead.>
-- Isaac Kashdan
|Apr-10-09|| ||parisattack: <Karpova: Next year, Peter P. Lahde's book "Isaac Kashdan, American Chess Grandmaster. A Biography with 757 Games" will be published by McFarland: http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2....;|
That is very good news! The McFarlands are excellent tomes.
I think Kashdan along with Flohr, Fine, Stein perhaps the most under-appreciated players of the modern era.
|Apr-20-09|| ||JaneEyre: I see a certain resemblance between the youthful Kashdan and Nigel Short:|
There's another photo (that I can't locate online) in which Kashdan is wearing glasses, where the likeness is even more pronounced.
|Jun-15-09|| ||Calli: The episode discussed earlier in the thread is now on YouTube. Kashdan plays You Bet Your Life:|
|Jul-27-09|| ||wrap99: Calli, thanks for posting the video. I guess it is the mustache primarily that makes Groucho and him look similar -- does anyone else agree that they sound sort of similar?|
I thought it was interesting that Kashdan seemed to believe that the audience (and Groucho) could follow the moves of even the very simple game that he narrated in english notation -- I am sure very few had any idea what he was talking about.
|Jul-27-09|| ||Calli: Well, I think the writers were at a loss on how to demonstrate Kashdan's skills and asked him to do something like the blindfold chess he mentioned. The archival TV now available on the internet is full of little bits of business that make you scratch your head. On the other hand, there was tremendous talent on TV every night. Just like now ;->|
|Sep-21-09|| ||Ron: It seems that the book mentioned by <Karpova> came out; Lubomir Kavalek writes in The Washington Post: <Peter P. Lahde's book "Isaac Kashdan, American Chess Grandmaster: A Career Summary With 757 Games," recently published by McFarland & Co. (www.mcfarlandpub.com), is a beautiful tribute to one of America's chess giants. The work, 20 years in the making, meticulously weaves together Kashdan's life with his chess moves.>|
|Jan-10-10|| ||whiteshark: wow, ceegee, more than one year for a repetition of a QotD.|
|Mar-25-10|| ||Bobwhoosta: I watched the same "You Bet Your Life" with Isaac Kashdan, and just that brief clip made me ask the (widely unpopular as referred to chessplayers) question: "Did Isaac perhaps have a touch of Autism??"|
The way he stood, responded to questions, took everything Groucho said literally, and failed to understand his audience (by reciting the chessgame, which almost no one would understand) were a few of the things that struck me.
I've worked with children with Asperger's Syndrome before, and it seemed he displayed a number of characteristics I've seen in such children...
|Apr-07-10|| ||wrap99: Bobw:
I perhaps don't know enough about it but I spoke with him a few times when I was a teenager and he seemed normal enough to me with a sort of New York wise guy affect.
I think TV was a new experience for him -- almost certainly the first time he was ever on it and that might account for some of what you observe.
|Jun-29-10|| ||parisattack: <<Karpova: Next year, Peter P. Lahde's book "Isaac Kashdan, American Chess Grandmaster. A Biography with 757 Games" will be published by McFarland: http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2....;|
I purchased this fine volume a few months ago and have only now started to read/study. Like most McFarlands its a wonderful volume. At his peak (albeit only two or three years) Kashdan was every bit as good as Fine or Reshevsky, IMHO.
|Oct-10-10|| ||jessicafischerqueen: Chess Strategy and Tactics by Fred Reinfeld and Irving Chernev (New York, 1933):|
<‘“Der Kleine Capablanca”> was the nickname given to Kashdan after his earliest European triumphs.’
|Dec-06-10|| ||Karpova: Olimpiu G. Urcan's extensive review of Lahde's 'Isaac Kashdan, American Chess Grandmaster. A Biography with 757 Games' (MacFarland, 2010): http://www.chesscafe.com/text/urcan...|
<But Kashdan was more than a top grandmaster-level player. In January 1933,
he founded Chess Review, acting as Editor-in-Chief, with Horowitz as
Associate Editor. Towards the end of that year, bent on further practical play
at the top, he relinquished all his editorial duties to Horowitz, who would
make Chess Review a leading American chess journal. Although he had plans
to author some interesting books, his only finished product was Folkestone
1933 International Team Chess Tournament (New York, 1933). After his
relocation to California in early 1949/1950, Kashdan began a life-long chess
column in the Los Angeles Times, turned into an assiduous organizer and even
served as an U.S. delegate to FIDE in 1964. He remained connected to chess
until his death on February 20, 1985 in Los Angeles.>
|Jan-20-11|| ||bengalcat47: Parisattack and Karpova I just recently bought Lahde's book on Kashdan through ebay. It is a very fine book with detailed analysis and lots of information about a master who for some reason bas been overlooked.|
|Feb-06-11|| ||Penguincw: < "In Fischer's hands, a slight theoretical advantage is as good as being a queen ahead. " > That's the quote of the day.|
|Jun-15-11|| ||zdigyigy: Very rare to see such a strong player become a TD.|
|Jun-15-11|| ||FSR: <zdigyigy: Very rare to see such a strong player become a TD.>|
GM Lothar Schmid was the arbiter for the Fischer-Spassky World Championship match. I believe that Gligoric was the arbiter for their 1992 rematch.
|Nov-19-11|| ||Antiochus: Not rather. Did not say he was called "Little Capablanca".
Curiously, Marshall got exactly against him one of his last truly artistic wins.|
Marshall vs Kashdan, 1929
|Nov-19-11|| ||brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Kashdan.
(<FSR> Gligoric was the chief arbiter of Karpov-Kasparov 1984 match. The annulled one.)
|Nov-19-11|| ||AVRO38: <GM Lothar Schmid was the arbiter for the Fischer-Spassky World Championship match. I believe that Gligoric was the arbiter for their 1992 rematch.>|
Schmid was the arbiter for both Fischer-Spassky matches.
And FYI...Salo Flohr was the arbiter for the 1974 Karpov-Korchnoi match, and Milan Vidmar was the arbiter for the 1948 WC tournament and I believe the 1954 Smyslov-Botvinnik match.
|Nov-19-11|| ||AVRO38: A nice photo of Kashdan playing Alekhine in Pasadena in 1932 with a young Fine and Reshevsky looking on.|
And here is the game:
Alekhine vs Kashdan, 1932
|Nov-24-11|| ||Antiochus: He was The First Board of USA at Prague,1931 and Folkestone,1933 http://www.olimpbase.org/players/vx... . His total performance was almost excellent.
He never won a game against Fine, probably because Fine was technically
supeiior on Reshevsky.
Both, he and Reshevsky were targeted
by Alekhine, criticized for the practice of defensive play.
Alekhine believed that the defensive chess was a proof of Jewish's decadence.
However, Fine who was an aggressive player defeated Alekhine three times.
After Fine, many Jews were Notable attacking players like Tal, Shamkovich,
Juchtman, Gufeld, Geller and Leonid Stein, preceding Kasparov.
|Nov-24-11|| ||Antiochus: Better saying: after Fine, Spielmann and najdorf.|
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