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|Nov-15-09|| ||WannaBe: Happy Birthday, Hans!!|
|Dec-15-09|| ||whiteshark: "Do chessplayers exist who lose a game without being handicapped by an appointment at the consulate, or by being ill or having dined too heavily the day before? Chessplayers who lose just because their opponent was better? They exist, but they are a rare find." |
-- Hans Ree
|Dec-30-09|| ||HeMateMe: "The comparison between a prearranged draw and a crime such as robbery which I just made will seem too harsh to most chess players. I didn't really mean it. There are surely some chess pros who in their whole career have never prearranged a draw – I think <Bobby Fischer > was one of them – but they are a tiny minority, to which I have not the honor to belong."|
.....from a recent article by Ree. I'm kind of surprised--collusion is cheating, really, without much to gain by either side. I can see where tournament leaders from the same country might do it, to safeguard prize money in a late round, but Ree makes it sound like all the players are just making a joke of the game.
|Nov-02-10|| ||aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://|
|Jan-07-11|| ||Chesschatology: <aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://>|
Yes, I noticed this. Very strange. And I miss them greatly!
|Jan-07-11|| ||moronovich: It is a pity as he is one of the best aficinadowriters ever IMO.|
Hope everything is fine with him.
Perhaps he will inform us in NIC were he write regularly.
|Jan-13-11|| ||Chesschatology: Yes, his book title "the human comedy of chess" says it all. In his writing there is more wit and wisdom than you can find in a hundred other columnists.|
|Sep-15-11|| ||wordfunph: happy birthday GM Ree!
"When I am in the USSR, I have the feeling that every tram conductor plays chess better than I do."
- GM Hans Ree
|Sep-15-11|| ||brankat: Re: the quote. Very perceptive, and possibly true, too :-)|
Best wishes for Your birthday Mr. Ree!
|May-15-12|| ||Fusilli: <In his writing there is more wit and wisdom than you can find in a hundred other columnists.> I agree. He is a gifted writer, engaging, makes you keep reading. I love his regular column in New In Chess.|
|May-15-12|| ||Fusilli: <aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://>|
Was this mystery solved? My first guess would be that GM Ree may have owned the copyright and decided to pull them out to make them part of a new book--so that they would not be available online to everyone for free. Or something like that.
|Jun-21-12|| ||achieve: Ree's commentary during tournaments, live, as a guest commentator at tournaments in Holland, was priceless, and far superior to any skilled younger hot shot GM. |
He wasn't spouting one line after the other, he paused to think deeply about certain positions, and only spoke when he really had something to say.
If time allowed, he would indeed venture into telling one of his many priceless anecdotes, with a cander and honesty and charm that has yet to be rivaled.
|Jul-15-12|| ||achieve: For those interested in the "Hans Ree" pronunciation: I submitted the correct one to CG and you can hear it by clicking the "PRONUNCIATION" button located at the top of the Bio section.|
|Sep-15-12|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ree!|
|Sep-15-12|| ||wordfunph: happy birthday <brankat> and GM Ree!|
|Feb-16-13|| ||Caissanist: The columns that Ree wrote for ChessCafe (when that site was owned by Hanon Russell) are still offline, but Ree has started writing columns for Russell's new website: http://www.russell-enterprises.com/... .|
|Jan-08-14|| ||wordfunph: "When someone smokes during a game, his mental alertness will decrease, but each time he lights a cigarette, it briefly increases. This is not a subjective delusion but a scientifically proven fact."|
- GM Hans Ree (from his book My Chess)
|Jan-08-14|| ||john barleycorn: <wordfunph> Actually, that is an insight gained when the tobacco industry spend millions of dollars in order to document a positive side effect of smoking.|
And now you know, why some guys smoke after sex and then go home...
|Jan-11-14|| ||whiteshark: Hans Ree (1944) is a four-time Dutch champion, and represented his country from 1966 through 1994 in every chess Olympiad. From 2001-2007, he was the wearer of the "Euwe Ring,” an award for outstanding service to Dutch chess. He writes about chess in NRC Handelsblad, New in Chess magazine, and on the American website russell-enterprises.com. Internationally he is considered to be one of the best chess writers of his era. |
<"A grandmaster, excellent writer and careful researcher who doesn't seek out controversy, but is equally unafraid to plumb the sometimes murky depths of chess politics, Ree is an ideal chess journalist.”>
- Jon Speelman, The Observer
|May-02-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is beautiful enough to waste your life for> - Ree, Hans.|
|May-08-15|| ||TheFocus: <When you have a World Champion in your smartphone, the myth of the superior brainpower of human chess champions has lost its power> - Hans Ree.|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <The exhilarating feeling that one walks in a minefield, that one has to be constantly on the alert for a tactical surprise, plotting at the same time to surprise one's opponent, these are the very things that make chess exciting> - Hans Ree.|
|May-25-15|| ||TheFocus: <Some twenty years ago an English journalist complained that in sports, only chess and marbles were above suspicion. One wonders what has happened in the world of marbles> - Hans Ree.|
|Sep-15-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Hans Ree.|
|Sep-15-16|| ||WorstPlayerEver: HappyBirthday, Hans Ray!|
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