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|Dec-24-04|| ||von schlepstein: After the simul Flesch lost his mind and had to go to a nuthouse where he was thrown into a mob of naked filthy drooling blabbering madmen. |
|Dec-24-04|| ||aw1988: Really? A blind simul actually turned him mad immediately? Or is this some sick joke? |
|Dec-24-04|| ||von schlepstein: Everything I say here is true, or my name isn't Von Schlepstein! |
|Dec-24-04|| ||Pawsome: <aw1988>It's a sick joke. Flesch's blindfold record was reported to be over 60 games in a contemporaneous article I read. Kotanowski and Najdorf scoffed at it because Flesch used scores, as noted above. The former and latter used nothing other than a list of their opponents' names. Najdorf won most of 45 blindfold games played simultaneously this way, I believe. To my mind, playing a single credible game blindfolded is a feat. The fact that he had the scores to him doesn't diminish Flesch's achievement. According to this db Flesch' highest rating was 2365. Factoring for inflation that would be about 2400+, I guesstimate. You'd think a guy with such prodigious talents would have attained a higher standing. |
|Jan-08-06|| ||MUG: Commenting sometime after his blindfold simultaneous exhibition, Janos said:|
<There was one other danger which Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf warned me of. After his display in South America he was laid up for about a month with a spasm of the brain vessels. I avoided that danger with some special exercises.
Generally speaking everything passed off happily, except that I lost six kilos of weight in one day.>
For the record, Janos played 52 games blindfold, winning 31, drawing 18, and conceding only 3 defeats. The exhibition lasted thirteen and a half hours, with three five-minute breaks.
|Dec-10-06|| ||Karpova: His book on material imbalances was quite interesting and written well.|
|Jan-01-08|| ||Jim Bartle: "After the simul Flesch lost his mind and had to go to a nuthouse where he was thrown into a mob of naked filthy drooling blabbering madmen."|
They sent him to chessgames?
|Jan-05-08|| ||Jim Bartle: Shortly after being granted the GM title he formed the legendary group "Grandmaster Flesch and the Furious Five."|
|Jan-05-08|| ||tpstar: He was beloved for his formidable stage presence, yet he was even more imposing in the flesch.|
|Jan-05-08|| ||Jim Bartle: He once struck the Black Knight a mighty blow, but the Knight said, "Tis but a Flesch wound."|
|Mar-25-08|| ||Tomlinsky: "Perhaps it is a good time to recall an amusing, and probably apocryphal, story about an attempt by Janos Flesch, the late Hungarian Grandmaster, to beat the World Blindfold simultaneous record. His opponents, who all belonged to the same club, played a really dirty trick on him! Half of them answered Flesch's 1.d4 or 1.e4 with 1...g6, while the other half played 1...d6; then on the second move half of those who had played 1...g6 played 2...g7, while the other half played 2...d6; meanwhile the 1...d6 players were choosing between 2...g6 and 2...c6 and 2...Nd7. By the third move Black was announcing moves like 3...g6, 3...c6, 3...Bg7, 3...d6, or 3...Nd7 and poor Flesch, who of course had no sight of the boards, couldn't remember which moves had been played in each individual game. One version of the story has him escaping through a toilet window."|
Speelman & McDonald, Modern Defence.
|Mar-25-08|| ||brankat: J.Flesch's blindfold simul displays were a feat of special kind of a talent. The results well deserved. |
The occasional use of the score-sheets was not controversial, but within the rules.
|Jan-08-09|| ||PhilFeeley: <keypusher: I understand there is some controversy about the blindfold record -- is that true? Can anyone shed any light on this?> Perhaps this book can:|
|Jan-08-09|| ||chancho: <Karpova: His book on material imbalances was quite interesting and written well.> |
Is the name of the book <Planning in Chess>?
|Jan-08-09|| ||Karpova: <chancho>
I don't know and I don't have the book anymore. Maybe I'll remember the name or find it out.
|Jan-08-09|| ||chancho: <Karpova> I downloaded a book yesterday by Flesch called Planning in Chess. Thought you were referring to that book.|
|Jan-08-09|| ||KingG: <chancho> Great website! Thanks.|
|Jan-08-09|| ||chancho: <KingG> No problemo. :)|
|Jan-09-09|| ||Karpova: <chancho>
Thanks for the link! Yes, that's the book I was referring to.
|Sep-30-09|| ||BIDMONFA: Janos Flesch|
FLESCH, Janos L.
|Sep-30-09|| ||DrCurmudgeon: Interesting picture. I think we know why he's not looking at the board.|
|Sep-30-09|| ||WhiteRook48: in the flesch|
|Oct-03-09|| ||GrahamClayton: <keypusher>I understand there is some controversy about the blindfold record -- is that true? Can anyone shed any light on this? |
According to an interview with arbiter Stewart Reuben by Sean Marsh in the May 2009 issue of "Chess", Flesch's opponents in the 1960 52 game exhibition were "allegedly" asked to resign early. Obviously 3 of the 52 players did not heed that instruction! The interview mentioned nothing about Flesch having the game scores read back to him.
|May-16-10|| ||myschkin: . . .
<Jan-08-09 PhilFeeley: Perhaps this book can:>
|Sep-08-13|| ||Howard: As someone pointed out in one of the early comments, Flesch (and his wife) were killed in a car accident in London, in late 1983. In fact, they were both in town for the Kasparov-Korchnoi match. Chess Life had a short article about it, along with a picture of Flesch.|
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