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|Mar-30-12|| ||wordfunph: GM Joel Lautier: This one made me chuckle the most.
<A surgeon visits his patient, lying in bed:
'I've got good news and bad news, what shall I start with?' asks the doctor
'Please tell me the bad news first.' Says the patient.
'Well the operation failed horribly and we were forced to amputate both of your legs.'
'What good news could you possibly have after that?' asks the shocked and horrified patient.
'Well, the man in the next bed wants to buy your shoes!'>
Source: Interview with a Grandmaster
|Mar-30-12|| ||HeMateMe: Does Moscow still have those "Afghanzi" guys running around, soldiers Riffed out after their adventure in Afghanistan, who hold up people who look rich? I don't know if I would want to be an investment banker in Moscow.|
|May-17-12|| ||waustad: He's now living in Moscow and concentrating on business. He's announcing for the WCC broadcasts.|
|May-17-12|| ||paulalbert: Joel is totally proficient in Russian, apparently able to pass himself off as a native Russian speaker. Born in Canada of a French father and Japanese mother, I don't know exactly how he developed such a high level of skill in the Russian language, but it's obviously very helpful if your business activities are in Russia.|
|Nov-09-13|| ||Azazel11: Future World champion Joel Lautier !!!|
|Nov-10-13|| ||HeMateMe: Was he once projected to be a super GM?|
|May-25-14|| ||Mr 1100: Lautier seems to the be the only player I can find on Chessgames.com - other than Kramnik, of course - to have a meaningful plus score against Kasparov in classical games...|
|May-25-14|| ||perfidious: Depends on the definition of 'meaningful': Gulko made +3 -1 =3 vs the great man in classical play.|
|May-25-14|| ||Mr 1100: Cool, I didn't know about that one.
When I said "meaningful", I was excluding - for example - Kasparov's record against Murray Chandler - one of Chandler's wins against Kasparov was back in the '70's - before either of them was a grandmaster, and the other was a win in a "simultaneous" ("exhibition"?) game.
|Apr-12-15|| ||Howard: So what is Lautier doing nowadays for a living ? He retired from chess about 8-9 years ago, as I recall.|
|Apr-12-15|| ||MissScarlett: He's heavily into banking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAP...|
|May-13-15|| ||TheFocus: <Most strong players are completely self-centered…. They are blind to how other people feel or else simply don't care> - Joel Lautier.|
|May-21-15|| ||TheFocus: <I can certainly say that playing chess too often with your husband or wife can lead to some problems> - Joel Lautier.|
|Apr-12-16|| ||Howard: One of Lautier's most memorable games--beyond a doubt--was his last-round victory over Gurevich in the 1993 Biel interzonal.|
It gave Lautier a place in the 1994 Candidates, plus it involved some deep preparation in a QGD.
|Apr-12-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Joel Lautier.
Player of the Day.
|Apr-12-16|| ||diagonal: Happy birthday - and congratulations on his thirty years jubilee on international chess circuit this year:|
Lautier first received attention in 1986 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where at the age of 13 he won the Under-14 World Championship, ahead of Sofia Polgar and Judit Polgar.
Lautier also won the World Junior Chess Championship in 1988 in Adelaide, Australia, at age of 15, ahead of Ivanchuk.
Lautier was and still is the youngest player to have won that title (World Junior Chess Champion, inaugural edition in 1951, then biannually played, since 1974 as annual competition).
Picture from the European Chess Team Championship at Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborg) in 2005: Joel Lautier (France, right) plays Ivan Sokolov (The Netherlands, left) as Senior Viktor Korchnoi (Switzerland, far left) looks on: <https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo%C3...>
|Apr-12-16|| ||diagonal: PS: As mentioned in several postings above, Joel Lautier left professional chess in 2006. Lautier subsequently no longer classifies himself as a chess professional, but as a businessman working in Russia. He speaks perfectly fluent Russian (Source: Wikipedia)|
|Apr-12-16|| ||plang: <HeMateMe: Was he once projected to be a super GM?>|
Lautier's peak was 1993-5 - he was ranked in the top 15 for much of this time once reaching #13. Some would define that as "super".
|Apr-12-16|| ||diagonal: <some would define that as "super"> me too!|
Of course, it's always a question of definition (not only about ELO rating / ranking, but also a matter of tournament wins, or eg. Candidate's status, results in matches and team events).
Lautier has won about ten major international tournaments (not listing Zonals, national or mostly minor tournaments):
<Polanica Zdroj (Rubinstein Memorial) 1991, Pamplona 3rd Magistral 1992/1993 (surpassing amongst others top-seeded Kramnik), Amsterdam (Euwe Memorial) 1995 (clear first and undefeated, ahead of Kasparov, 3. Topalov, 4. Piket, prestigious Mini-Tournament of four elite players), Ubeda, Spain 1997 (a stand-alone supertournament, today rather forgotten: <http://www.chessgraphics.net/ub001....>, probably Lautiers greatest tournament achievement), Malmö (Sigeman & Co.) 1998 (first shared), Harplinge GM, Sweden 1998, Enghien-les-Bains 1999, Las Palmas Open 2000, Poikovsky (Karpov Tournament) 2003 (joint with Svidler), Odessa, Pivdenny Bank (Geller Memorial), Rapid 2006>.
On the other hand, at the traditional Wijk aan Zee tournament, Lautier participated three times, but never finished on the podium. At Biel / Bienne GM (the swiss-german-french bilingual town is mostly inviting a player from France), he was invited multiple times between 1990 (Karpov outright) and 2001 (Korchnoi outright), but never won, neither did he at Dortmund, Tilburg or Linares.
Candidate status: At the Interzonal in Biel 1993 (the last ever held, it was a swiss system, 73 players), Joel Lautier qualified for the next stages as a Candidate, but lost the first round match in 1994 against Jan Timman with 3.5:4.5.
Certainly French best player on international chess circuit between approximately 1990 and 2005 (French National Champion in 2004 and 2005).
Best ELO rating 2687 in 2002, best ranking as =13th best world ranked player in 1995.
Lautier was quite a constant player in the top fifty to the top twenty for more than a decade, especially known for achieving a positive score in classical games against Garry Kasparov, 5½-4½ according to chessgames, all games played during Great Gazza's peak years.
|Apr-12-16|| ||eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Lautier!|
|Sep-11-17|| ||Arconax: <diagonal: He speaks perfectly fluent Russian (Source: Wikipedia)>|
Indeed he does.
|Sep-11-17|| ||ChessHigherCat: <HeMateMe: Does Moscow still have those "Afghanzi" guys running around, soldiers Riffed out after their adventure in Afghanistan, who hold up people who look rich? I don't know if I would want to be an investment banker in Moscow.>|
Putin's the one to worry about. I hope Joel didn't get screwed by him. You should read this book by Bill Browder, who was Russia's no. 1 foreign investor and was lucky to escape with his life: https://www.amazon.com/Red-Notice-F...
|Nov-18-17|| ||Caissanist: Lautier gave an excellent two-part interview to Chessbase's Sagar Shah last year, covering his chess career and post-chess life:|
|Nov-18-17|| ||john barleycorn: <caissanist> thanks for the links. enjoyed reading the articles very much.|
|Apr-12-18|| ||Check It Out: I second jb’s comment. Definitely worth a read.|
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