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|May-30-14|| ||perfidious: Playing Dzindhi at blitz was an experience I shall not soon forget.|
We met in one of the Tuesday night events at Harvard which were a staple in the 1980s and which attracted all sorts of strong masters. One would have thought Dzin possessed five hours on his clock rather than five minutes during play, such was his apparent nonchalance. Our game saw Dzin employ a London System vs a KID setup; do not recall much else except getting ground down in the middlegame.
|May-30-14|| ||john barleycorn: <FSR: Georgian wine "[has] been traced back by archeology to at least 6000 BC...">|
Surprising indeed. Everyone knows that the world is only 6,000 years old!>
How could our anchestors invent the wheel without drinking wine? First things first.
How about the roads?>
panem et circenses?
|May-30-14|| ||perfidious: <HMM: As I've heard it, he was sort of an unlucky gambler, losing at card and dice games, and going into the hole at casinos....>|
There is unlucky--then there is the player who lacks skill. What Dzin did the only time we met at the chessboard, I would surely repay at the poker table, with interest.
<MichAdams: In less enlightened times, such behaviour might have sparked off a pogrom.>
Only to be expected from another of <BobCrisp>'s lovely incarnations.
|May-30-14|| ||FSR: <perfidious> Yes, I watched Dzindzi crush Norbert Leopoldi, a local expert/master who once played Fischer in a tournament game, at 5-1 time odds. Astonishing. Similarly, Christiansen played and won a bullet (1-minute) online game during a lecture here. He was explaining his thought processes as he went along; somehow one minute seemed like all the time in the world in his hands. He also won B+N v. K at 5 minutes - 30 seconds, though I think he only used about 15 of them.|
|Oct-06-14|| ||AdolfoAugusto: Does someone know where is Dzinzi located? He was here (south Texas) for a couple of years. A ph number or email? Does he still provide instruction?|
|Oct-06-14|| ||Strongest Force: AA Roman and family lead a nomadic business life.|
|Oct-06-14|| ||Howard: The website ChessCafe remarked some time back that Roman apparently has a way of dodging bill collectors.|
|May-05-15|| ||MagnusVerMagnus: He has known to be hiding most of the time from certain people who he has not paid or repaid. BTW has he ever played the Dzindzi-Indian? Has anyone had an opening named after them they did not play?|
|May-05-15|| ||waustad: <Has anyone had an opening named after them they did not play?> I've looked and have never found a game where Geza Maroczy played the e4 and c4 pawn structure in a Sicilian.|
|May-05-15|| ||john barleycorn: And then there are opening variations named after players who seemingly played them years before they were born. The whole nomenclature of openings is just for the birds.|
|May-05-15|| ||whiteshark: <Player of the Day> |
Game Collection: 98_A40 Dzindzi Indian aka The Beefeater
|May-05-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: I went to a couple of world opens in the early 1990s, back when they were still held at the Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia|
One time I rode in the elevator with Arthur Bisguier. He was a short man.
Roman Dzindzi, however, was huge. Not only did he have a big belly, but everything about him was big. Nose, ears, hair, etc.
All he did, for hours upon hours, was play blitz for money in the skittles room. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing him standing up. Always at the chair he was, playing playing playing. I seem to recall there was some backgammon thrown in the mix of his gaming activity.
I was a mere class player and did not dare approach a legendary grandmaster.
Later some friends of mine told me all kinds of stories about Roman's business practices. None of them really reflected well on the man.
|May-05-15|| ||grasser: Please, please, I insist chessgames.com never ever consider me for "Player of the Day". Grasser-Winokur was a one shot deal and as for Grasser-Camejo, everyone knows the Lasker-Bauer double Bishop Sac theme. And as for my "Chess Now" episode 59 with Kudrin, I lost that game. The fact that I did 30 episodes of "Chess Now" and the fact that I was taught by Dr. Joseph Platz a,friend and pupil of Lasker himself is meaningless to Chess History, despite the fact that by Lasker teaching Platz this "Butterfly Effect" allowed me to teach over a thousand students in the Name of Lasker and Platz, to which I incurred one $500 fine for teaching without a permit and one lifetime ban from a library in Lakeland Florida for introducing myself as a Teacher.|
|May-06-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: <grasser: ... to which I incurred one $500 fine for teaching without a permit and one lifetime ban from a library in Lakeland Florida for introducing myself as a Teacher.>|
Blah blah blah. This is the Dzindzichashvili page. Your post has nothing to do with Roman D.
Do you have anything to post that has anything to do with GM Dzindzi? Probably not.
|May-07-15|| ||grasser: Yes. I gave both him and Igor Ivanov a ride from the train station to the tournament hall in East Harford, CT back in the 80's. He busted my Budapest Gambit and took both my Rooks. He is blessed that DVD technology was developed. That is for sure. Is it too much to ask that Club Players be considered for "Player of the Day" too? After all Roman got to be GM by stepping on our heads on the ladder to Greatness.|
|May-07-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: <Is it too much to ask that Club Players be considered for "Player of the Day" too?>|
I for one would characterize that as asking too much.
|May-07-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: But now that I think about it, I am not even a premium member, and definitely not an employee of cg.com, so I doubt my opinion has any influence on the matter.|
|May-07-15|| ||grasser: We can play though. We all have had our great games. Mine were, Vera Frenkel-Grasser a frightening draw. Grasser-Winokur a Queen Sac out of the Blue and Grasser-Camejo a version of the Lasker-Bauer Double Bishop Sac that is much more likely a line that it can be repeated. This too was exciting as I recall G Mendez vs G Grasser, 2011 so I do not see why not. I was 1981 CT State Champion. Even Arthur Feuerstein who drew Fischer a few times never has had "Player of the Day.|
|May-11-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: Well, I won the Greenwich Open in VT about 12 years ago. But I have never won a state championship. Congrats to you!|
|May-13-15|| ||grasser: Thank you!|
|Aug-18-15|| ||smurph: Roman's best days were behind him in the 80s|
|Aug-19-15|| ||perfidious: Maybe so, but he had more than enough for most any player even then.|
|Aug-19-15|| ||HeMateMe: I saw him playing blitz once on 42nd street, behind the large public library at 42nd/fifth avenue. In the 80s the chess hustlers would set up a row of about 5 tables there, they would sit with their backs against the brick wall, on 42nd street. On the other side of the wall was Bryant Park, which had yet to be yuppfied. It was still full of sleeping bums, overgrown weeds and drug dealers. |
People still play chess in Bryant Park, but from my observations they are all friendlies, no wagers are being made. It might be that the city simply banned the setting up of tables on the sidewalk outside of Bryant Park. Since the park got cleaned up, financed by private money, two upscale restaurants were built onto the back of the famous library, there. Those are two large restaurants, and they make a LOT of money. This is about 30 yards from where the chess hustlers used to set up, and I have a hunch that the restaurant owner group used their clout to block the hustlers from perhaps making the area look less attractive. Anyway, there are plenty of wicker tables inside the park and anyone is allowed to roll out a board and take on all comers. That is different than WSP, where every single cement chess table is staked out by a gambler, and there is never any room for people who want to play for fun.
Zindzi had a nice little crowd around him when I was watching, people knew who he was. I can't remember how he was doing; I was in a bit of a hurry that day and couldn't' watch. I'd seen him sleeping on a park bench in WSP too, which I guess is not a flattering thing. That's the life of the chess hustler, beat the chess enthusiasts with money in their pockets, then have a free meal at the catholic church, just around the corner on West 4th street.
good luck with those Roman Forum DVDs, Zindzi.
|May-05-16|| ||Marmot PFL: Wish I had seen that park. I walked down 42nd (only once) and was accosted by about 10 prostitutes and almost that many drug dealers. |
I found it wasn't too hard to win money from hustlers in Detroit at Hart Plaza, but almost impossible to collect.
Most hustlers (not the top ones) know one or two tricky tactical openings well, but once you find the positional flaws you can beat them game after game.
|Feb-06-17|| ||ChessHigherCat: I remember walking through Washington Square park when I was just kid, about 7 AM, and there were some guys who looked liked bums and hadn't slept all night who were hunched around one of those table's with the built-in chessboard looking at some complex rook and pawn endgame. I suggested a move and this bearded guy looked straight at me and "So what?" I thought, My God, what an arrogant so-and-so. Then later that day in the park I saw him blitzing (he probably still hadn't slept) giving incredible odds and saying stuff like "You show me what square I have to mate you on. If I don't mate you on that square, you win!". He was obviously some kind of master and somebody told me it was RD. So when I thought about that morning, I knew he had every reason to be unimpressed by my suggestion. And now, with the wisdom acquired only through maturity, I remember that morning and think: "What an arrogant so and so!"|
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