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|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!"|
|Sep-02-17|| ||Domdaniel: I am bemused by some of the comments made here about the so-called 'bums' in Washington Square, Bryant Park, etc.|
In Europe, they're called 'homeless people', and governments are very strongly criticized if they fail to attend to the problems of the homeless.
|Sep-02-17|| ||Granny O Doul: Roman often played at those odds; mate on a particular square. The trick seemed to be to bring the game down to KQQQ vs. K.|
|Sep-02-17|| ||ChessHigherCat: <Domdaniel> I am bemused by some of the comments made here about the so-called 'bums' in Washington Square, Bryant Park, etc.>|
"Bum" wasn't such a pejorative term to me because I grew up on the tail end of the counterculture/tune in-turn on-drop out generation. I just meant they obviously weren't working people because they looked like they hadn't shaven or slept for days and their raincoats were all crumpled up (back when working people were supposed to be impeccably dressed).
When I was a kid, I used to enjoy shocking my parents' friends and relatives when they asked me:
- What do you want to do when you grow up? Do you want to be a physicist like your Daddy?
- No way, I exclaimed gleefully, I want to be a hobo!
I used to adore hanging around the railroad tracks and looking for hobo forts! Anyway, you're right that "bum" certainly had negative connotations in the eyes of my parents and almost everybody else above 30 back then when America was so steeped in the work ethic.
<In Europe, they're called 'homeless people', and governments are very strongly criticized if they fail to attend to the problems of the homeless>
I think you're romanticizing a bit there. In France, they're called "clochards" and they're a regular institution. There are shelters for the homeless in almost every country but many homeless people choose not to use them because they can't take drugs there or because they're unsafe (exploitation, theft and even rape by other residents). In every modern European capital like Berlin and Madrid there's no shortage of people sleeping in the streets. And in the ones where you don't see them, it's probably even worse because the cops kick them out to starve in the countryside. The worst case I know of is Moscow, because there drunks pass out on the street and freeze to death and nobody does anything about it.
<Granny O Doul: Roman often played at those odds; mate on a particular square. The trick seemed to be to bring the game down to KQQQ vs. K.>
Now that was entertainment! Remember when they frantically searched for cigarette tinfoil to wrap around the top of the piece to make yet another queen?
|Sep-03-17|| ||moronovich: <- What do you want to do when you grow up? Do you want to be a physicist like your Daddy?
- No way, I exclaimed gleefully, I want to be a hobo!>|
What a spirit! Your parents should be proud :)
My name is Bond.
|Sep-03-17|| ||Domdaniel: <chesshighercat> - I also encountered the, eh, 'tail end' of the counterculture.|
I don't think I'm romanticizing the homeless, though. But on reflection there are probably significant differences between 'traditional' bums/hobos/clochards - as depicted by everyone from Bob Dylan to Samuel Beckett - a phenomenon which, at least in the USA, was largely driven by depression-era unemployment and internal migration, and the contemporary version of homelessness. Which is fuelled by factors like increasing rents and the decline of public or social housing.
|Sep-03-17|| ||ChessHigherCat: <Domdaniel:
<I don't think I'm romanticizing the homeless, though.>
Not romanticizing the homeless, what you're romanticizing is the treatment of the homeless in Europe, which I'm sure you will be encouraged to do (in complete bad faith) by most Europeans you meet. Sorry to burst your bubble but there are hordes of homeless people in every European capital, whether socialist or not, and it's become a thousand times worse since the massive "Volkswanderung" in the past few years.
<But on reflection there are probably significant differences between 'traditional' bums/hobos/clochards - as depicted by everyone from Bob Dylan to Samuel Beckett>
Waiting for Hobo?
< - a phenomenon which, at least in the USA, was largely driven by depression-era unemployment and internal migration, and the contemporary version of homelessness. Which is fuelled by factors like increasing rents and the decline of public or social housing.>
Well, that may be true to a large extent, but my own nomadic lifestyle has been fueled from generally having too much spare change rather than not enough. I just get extremely bored hanging around the same scene all the time, and the same is true of lots of fellow nomads. People make a big deal about having "roots" but that idea really gives me the creeps!
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