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|Sep-12-13|| ||Morttuus: Ludìk Pachman also wrote several books about chess psychology. I managed to buy one; it's called "How to outsmart your opponent-Psychology and tricks in chess" (1990). But nowadays, these books are pretty tough to buy, and I am not sure if they were translated into other languages; maybe in German, but I really don't know.|
|Sep-12-13|| ||parisattack: <PhilFeeley: How is it possible this guy doesn't (or didn't, I guess) have a rating?>|
He shows on Chessmetrics. Highest appears to be 2608 in 1959, #20.
|Jun-17-14|| ||zanzibar: <RE: Books by Pachman>|
His memoir of his early life and days behind the Iron Curtain, entitled <Checkmate in Spring>, is mentioned here:
It no long sells for $108.27. Here is a snippet of the snippet ChessBase quotes:
<During the 1943 Prague tournament, Pachman's first serious event at the age of 18. In Checkmate in Prague he writes:
"After [my win over Foltys], the great Alekhine invited me to his room. He got me to demonstrate my game, made a few comments, praised me, and then showed me his game, explaining several hidden combinations and also accepting praise. Mrs. Alekhine was there with her two cats. I had to hold one for a bit and the wretch scratched me, but it was a marvellous evening, something in the nature of a high-point in my life so far.
Alekhine took to inviting me in every day. We always analysed something and I soon discovered that it was no good disagreeing with him because it made him angry. So I just listened reverently to what he said. He invited me for coffee, too. In the Luxor cafe, it seemed, one could get real coffee under the counter – an expensive luxury for which I had to foot the bill. Alekhine, I discovered, made a point of not paying. Usually there was someone with him, otherwise he simply walked out of the restaurant. The waiters knew him, so they sent the bill to the tournament director. I learnt also from a very annoyed Mr. Kende that by threatening to walk out of the tournament, Alekhine had extracted a 5,000 crown addition to his original 40,000 crown fee. Luckily I was saved by an unexpected patron. He was Mr. Stork, a trader and landowner, who presented me with an enormous salami in recognition of my achievement, plus an invitation to lunch every day at his house. The meals were better than any I have eaten even in peacetime, and by doing without supper I was able to pay for Alekhine's coffee.">
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<RE: Pachman's rating - ATH 2520 (1976)>
As regards his rating - I agree, all established players deserve to have a published rating. The trouble is digging it out.
The amazing <OlimpBase> has done all this archival work, and <CG> perhaps should utilize it more for cases such as this.
Here is the data I found (from <OlimpBase>), showing his dob, title date, and ATH (the last entry). I left off the data after that.
1967 06 CSR 2540
1969 00 g CSR 2510 CZE
1970 00 g CSR 2510
1971 01 g CSR 2510 CZE
1971 07 g CSR 2510 0 CZE
1972 07 g CSR 2510 0 CZE
1973 07 g CSR 2515 5 CZE
1974 05 g CSR 2510 -5 CZE
1975 01 g GER 2510 0 GER
1976 01 g GER 2520 10 GER
|Jun-17-14|| ||zanzibar: I noticed the bio gives his GM title from 1954. Does this mean <Olimpbase>'s FIDE listing of 1967 omits the title?|
(Actually, FIDE started tracking ratings in 1971, so the earlier ratings must be from USCF).
|Jul-03-14|| ||john barleycorn: Pachman's bio needs an overhaul, most definitely.|
|Dec-28-14|| ||zanzibar: <You know, comrade Pachman, I don't enjoy being a Minister, I would rather play chess like you, or make a revolution in Venezuela. |
- Che Guevara>
Anybody know the source of this quote offhand?
|Dec-28-14|| ||john barleycorn: <Che Guevara, quoted by Ludek Pachman in:
Checkmate in Prague: Memoirs of Ludek Pachman
London, Faber and Faber. 1975>
|Dec-28-14|| ||zanzibar: Thanks Mr. barleycorn.|
|Dec-28-14|| ||parisattack: <john barleycorn: Pachman's bio needs an overhaul, most definitely.>|
I fully concur. Eminent player, theoretician and writer.
In the mid-60s when MCO 10 was the standard opening reference his four volume Modern Chess Opening Theory (Open, Semi-Open, Queen's Gambit, Indian Systems) was much sought after. I was just recently looking through volumes of a periodical he did in the 1980s - Eroffnung-Up to Date. Great stuff.
|Jan-28-15|| ||Chessical: From the "Hastings and St Leonards Observer" - Saturday 20 November 1954, p1.2.|
"Ludek Pachman, the Czechoslovakian chess champion who is ornamenting the Premier at Christmas, has sent me quaint little game which he won blindfold performance. He doesn’t say how many he was taking on at once; I expect It was about 20. Apart from the two rook sacrifice which leaves the black queen marooned, note the futility of the black queen’s side".
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. h4 Bxg5 7. hxg5 Qxg5 8. Nh3 Qh6 9. Qg4 g6 10. Bd3 c5 11. f4 cxd4 12. Nb5 Kd8 13. Ng5 Qxh1+ 14. Kf2 Qxa1
click for larger view
<In for a penny, in for a pound! Black takes everything he can see lying around, crosses his fingers and hopes that he will be able to fiddle his way to the end-game.>
15. Nxf7+ Ke7 16. Qg5+ Kxf7
<"I expect he thought that the blindfold player had overlooked this. What a hope!">
17. Nd6+ Kg7 18. Qe7+ Kh6 19. Nf7+ Kg7 20. Ng5+ Kh6 21. Nxe6 Nf6 22. Qg7+ Kh5 23. Qxf6 h6 24. Be2# 1-0
Houdini recommends <15...Qh5> which it believes saves Black. It prefers <14.Kd2> which it concludes is advantageous for White.
|May-03-15|| ||john barleycorn: There is a free download available of Pachman's Modern Chess Strategy|
|May-08-15|| ||TheFocus: <You know, comrade Pachman, I don't enjoy being a Minister, I would rather play chess like you, or make a revolution in Venezuela> - Che Guevara.|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <It would also be feasible to look for parallels between the growth of chess ideas and the general development of thought in human society, for despite its individual characteristics chess cannot be divorced from other aspects of culture. Our game mirrors the intellectual level and cultural trends of the times. However, such a theme would require a separate, comprehensive treatment of its own, beyond the scope of this work> - Ludek Pachman.|
|Mar-06-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, Ludek Pachman.|
|May-11-16|| ||RookFile: He wrote some first class chess books.|
|May-11-16|| ||gawain: I learned a lot from Pachman's Modern Chess Strategy.|
|May-11-16|| ||perfidious: < PhilFeeley: How is it possible this guy doesn't (or didn't, I guess) have a rating?>|
Pachman was 2510 on the January 1975 FIDE list, though clearly past his prime by then, aged fifty:
|May-11-16|| ||RookFile: He must have been a top 20 player in the world at one point.|
|May-11-16|| ||Howard: Probably back in the late 50's---that was probably his peak period.|
|May-11-16|| ||john barleycorn: <Howard> Pachman's peak year was 1959 according to various sources.|
|May-11-16|| ||perfidious: < RookFile: He must have been a top 20 player in the world at one point.>|
Hard to imagine that was not the case: a strong, professional GM who was a tough out, though not quite of candidate stature.
|May-11-16|| ||eternaloptimist: <gawain> That book is 1 of the best books of all time IMO!|
|May-11-16|| ||diagonal: <He must have been a top 20 player at one point>|
His peak ranking was #14 in October 1959 (SONAS ELO, according to historical chessmetrics data).
Pachman was a solid player around the top twenty during the 1950s, and consistently a top fifty player of the world (today labelled as supergrandmaster) from 1947 to 1967, in a period when the top ten was heavily 'occupied' by players from the Soviet Union.
In 1958, at the Interzonal in Portoroz, Yugoslavia (Slovenia), he missed a possible play-off spot for the Candidate's only by half a point: the tournament was won by young and meteoric rising <Tal> with 13.5/20, <Gligoric> was second with 13, followed by <Benko> and <Petrosian> with 12.5, then <Olafsson> and <Fischer> (who was on friendly terms with Pachman these days) both with 12.0 points (all six players qualified to join <Smyslov> and <Keres> for the Candidate tournament in 1959 of the best eight players to determine the Challenger of reigning Champion Botvinnik in 1960).
Ludek Pachman finished that Interzonal with 11.5 points (together with Bronstein, the unlucky World Champion Challenger from 1951, and others; great Larsen, already a GM since 1956, born the same year as scandinavian compatriot, advancing (then IM) Olafsson, was sole 16th, Averbakh, Szabo, Filip, Matanovic (the only player to beat Tal) Panno, Rossetto failing all, it was pretty close in a strong field: <http://soloscacchi.altervista.org/w...> 21 participants, and one Interzonal tournament per three-year-cycle.
FIDE ELO started later, just when Pachman's otb strength began to fall considerably.
|May-12-16|| ||diagonal: In 1955, at the previous Interzonal tournament in Gothenburg (it was a 21-player round robin, with the top nine players qualifying for the Amsterdam Candidate’s in 1956), Pachman already was missing a possible play-off spot to advance only by half a point. The winner was <Bronstein> with 15/20 (an impressive +10 =10 -0), <Keres> was sole second with 13.5, <Panno> was clear third at 13, followed by <Petrosian> 12.5, <Geller> and <Szabo> each had 12 and the other qualifiers were <Filip>, <Pilnik> and <Spassky> with 11. |
Just missing out with 10.5 were Ilivitsky and Pachman, they even played a reserve playoff match for the gallery: Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff (1956).
|Aug-21-16|| ||Pyrandus: Pachmann vs Portisch?|
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