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|May-11-10|| ||Richard Taylor: < Sem: I happened to meet Mr Ludek Pachman in 1988 at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Leaving the fair halls one late afternoon I saw an elder man in a dark coat standing outside, waiting for the bus that would drive visitors to the exits. He carried an oldfashioned briefcase and his posture was that of a battered man. We came to sit next to each other on the bus. His breath smelled sour. He seemed vaguely familiar and on impulse I asked him: 'Are you Mr Pachman, the chess grandmaster?' He said 'Yes' and told me how he made a living in Solingen (Germany), playing for the local chess club and writing articles for magazines and journals. Then the bus arrived at the exit of the fair grounds and we said goodbye.>|
|May-11-10|| ||HeMateMe: < It was the Fischer Era. I played in my first tournament in 1973 when I got out of the stupid army>|
Hey, what if the Panama Canal had been invaded by a foreign power? You alone, were carrying out our foreign policy, on that lonely 3rd shift outpost. suck in that gut, soldier!
|Nov-10-10|| ||Diagonale du Fou: <Karpova: Edward Winter's feature article "Pachman, Bohatirchuk and Politics" from 2003: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... >|
At the foot of the article Winter includes two rare photos of Bohatirchuk. And unfortunately, given the context of his written dispute with Pachman, B. apparently bore a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler (quite coincidentally, of course, as one of the photos is dated 1927). This happenstance resemblance may have contributed further to his problems with the Soviet dictatorship in 1937.
|May-25-11|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Luděk Pachman>|
Correct pronunciation of his name-
Audio/visual file: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnX9...
|May-25-11|| ||Gypsy: <jessicafischerqueen: <Luděk Pachman>
Correct pronunciation of his name- >
Yup, it sounds about right.
<wordfunph: Ludek Pachman's books.. >
He apparently wrote about 80 different chess works, including tournament books. His first big text-book was a four tome opening manual: <The Theory of Modern Chess>. Since opening manuals get out of date rather rapidly, I am not sure if it was ever translated into English.
Looking at the shelf behind me, I see at least one book of his in English that has not been mentioned:
<Chess Endings for the Practical Player>.
|Sep-04-11|| ||Oceanlake: He also wrote a nice book on the Queen's Gambit.|
|Sep-04-11|| ||FSR: He also wrote "Semi-Open Games" (1.e4 without 1...e5) and "Indian Defenses." Those, together with his Queen's Gambit book and Barden's book on the Ruy Lopez, were my opening bibles for years.|
|Sep-05-11|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: anybody else who finds John Watson's comments on Pachman's work in <Secrets of Modern Chess Stragey> slightly disingenuous?|
I revisited the Pachman trilogy and he, throughout, mentions dynamism and the exceptions to rules. Anyone who reads Watson would think Pachman was a dogmatic duffer, IMO
|Mar-03-12|| ||wordfunph: "When you have a hopeless position you should allow your clock to run very short of time. Then you should play blitz in the hopes that your opponent will get excited, move quickly, and make a game-losing blunder! |
- GM Ludek Pachman
|Jun-15-12|| ||MORPHYEUS: He accepts the lose gracefully.|
|Dec-13-12|| ||happyjuggler0: <"When you have a hopeless position you should allow your clock to run very short of time. Then you should play blitz in the hopes that your opponent will get excited, move quickly, and make a game-losing blunder!>|
Here is an account of the actual game where that quote originated from:
The game is in the cg database: Pachman vs Doda, 1965
|Dec-14-12|| ||Gypsy: <wordfunph: Ludek Pachman's books.. |
any other books of Ludek?>
A big piece of work in its time was Pachman's
<Modern Chess Theory>
This is a 4-volume, encyclopedic opening manual; significant work, though I am not clear whether it was ever translated from Czech.
Towards the end of his career, he wrote a number of series aimed more at club and/or beginning players. (Have <Chess Endgames for Practical Player>; it's fairly useful.)
Pachman also wrote some Tournament Books -- an early Capablanca Memorial, a pamphlet on a match Fedor Bohatirchuk played against 8 Prague masters (in late 1944 I think), and so on.
Wikipedia puts ~80 books to Pachman's credit.
|May-11-13|| ||Eastfrisian: Already ten years ago. Time runs.|
|May-11-13|| ||ketchuplover: ...out for us all. sweet dreams :)|
|May-11-13|| ||parisattack: <Gypsy - <Modern Chess Theory> This is a 4-volume, encyclopedic opening manual; significant work, though I am not clear whether it was ever translated from Czech.>|
Wonderful set of books! They and MCO 10 were the 'bibles' of opening theory before the British Invasion in the mid-1970s. Can be had in German or English. Multiple editions in English from 1964-1971. The first English from Seville w/DJs are fairly tough to find.
He also did a nice ongoing opening theory series in the 1980s although only in German, 'Eroffnung- up to date.'
The Practical Players series - sometimes called the Black Series - Openings, Middlegame, Endgame are also great reads.
|Sep-12-13|| ||PhilFeeley: How is it possible this guy doesn't (or didn't, I guess) have a rating?|
|Sep-12-13|| ||Morttuus: Ludėk 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.
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