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|Feb-05-12|| ||Isolani: << drkodos: ^ This is a ridiculously spartan database in some areas ... make generalizations at your own peril ....>
And one of those areas is any player from the pre computer period that isn't at the very highest level. If I remember right Wolff used to play a lot of open Swisses so there'll be a lot of games missing from those.>|
I was already well aware that the database does not encompass every played game during his lifetime, but thanks for pointing that out anyway. Nevertheless there may be enough games included to conduct a non-scientific litmus test.
I just made an off-hand observation that this GM who almost exclusively played 1.e4, not to mention was also partial to main Sicilian lines as white as well, seemingly had difficulty playing against a rather common variation as that color.
|Feb-15-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday Wolff!|
|Feb-15-12|| ||eternaloptimist: I had the privilege of meeting & talking to Patrick @ a chess tournament in new orleans back in '92 when he was the reigning US chess champion. (He also won it in '95). Unfortunately he's not playing in tournaments now but he did come back briefly & play in the US chess league in '08. Happy birthday Patrick!|
|Feb-15-12|| ||Sneaky: User: PatrickWolff|
|Dec-30-12|| ||happyjuggler0: Here is an extremely rare 1)d4 by Wolff. If memory serves it was from the US (closed) championship and had a TN in it...although I don't play the QGA myself so I can't be sure.|
Also, if I recall correctly, in Inside Chess Seirawan commented that Rachels should have played *anything* but 1)...d5 in response because it was clear opening prep by a player who only play[s] 1)e4.
|Dec-30-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I remember Seirawan's comment, but I thought it was not to play the QG accepted.|
|Dec-30-12|| ||happyjuggler0: <Jim Bartle> You might be correct; memory can be a murky thing. |
Anyway, I am a bit surprised that the game is not (yet) available here at cg.
|Dec-30-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Well, my memory was it was against Dlugy, but they never played a qga, so...|
|Dec-30-12|| ||perfidious: What <happyjuggler0> states is correct-that game was from the US Championship. The TN was an improvement over White's play from a Miles-Rachels game.|
It was only the second time Wolff employed 1.d4 in his life, the first being when he had illegally set up the board, according to notes I once read from Inside Chess.
In the numerous tournaments Patrick and I played together, I never saw him open with anything but 1.e4, and his repertoire at any given point in those early days tended to be fairly narrow.
|Dec-30-12|| ||OhioChessFan: I really don't follow this. The only opening novelty possible in a Queen Pawn game is in a QGA? If a d4 player happened to open e4, would that mean you should play anything but e5?|
|Dec-30-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Ocf: Rachels almost always played the qga against d4. So Seirawan was saying, if Wolff played d4 for the first time, Rachels should have switched to some other opening.|
|Dec-30-12|| ||OhioChessFan: Thanks, that makes sense.|
|Dec-31-12|| ||perfidious: <Jim> As Fischer should have found something other than his beloved Two Knights vs the Caro-Kann when Keres tried that in the '59 Candidates (which had to be a complete shock).|
The next year, however, Fischer was shrewd enough to vary against another player who was not known to specialise in the Caro in Fischer vs Ivkov, 1960.
|Apr-14-13|| ||Eopithecus: Did Wolff ever play Seirawan or Christiansen?|
|Apr-14-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <Eopithecus> Our database, which is incomplete, has five games between Christiansen and Wolff:|
We have none between Seirawan and Wolff, but this database indicates they played at least twice:
|Aug-03-13|| ||FSR: <perfidious> Unfortunately (for Fischer's chess results at least), Buenos Aires 1960 was the tournament where he got laid. He got f***ed in more ways than one:|
<Fischer struggled in the later Buenos Aires tournament, finishing with 8½/19 (won by Viktor Korchnoi and Samuel Reshevsky on 13/19). This was the only real failure of Fischer's competitive career. According to Larry Evans, Fischer's first sexual experience was with a girl to whom Evans introduced him during the tournament. Pal Benko says that Fischer did horribly in the tournament "because he got caught up in women and sex. Afterwards, Fischer said he'd never mix women and chess together, and kept the promise."> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_...
Benko, OTOH, claimed that he got crushed in Fischer vs Benko, 1963 because he <didn't> get any action the previous night:
<Everyone thinks that this Rf6 game against me was something special, but I don't know what's so great about it. I was exhausted for this game. I was up all night necking in a car with a young lady...kissing and kissing. But it didn't go beyond that, so the combination of no sleep and frustration led to me losing badly to Bobby.>
-Pal Benko, My Life, Games and Compositions
|Nov-09-15|| ||zanzibar: His bio should probably be rewritten to decouple his post-chess financial activities. |
By that, I mean to write about his activities in such a fashion as to allow the bio not to depend on his actual current non-chess activities.
He is in the process of shutting down the hedge fund we don't even mention in the above.
(No, he is not "now the managing director of Thiel's Clarium Capital hedge fund". And he soon won't be managing GM Capital either.)
|Nov-10-15|| ||zanzibar: Ugh, rereading my note above...
But the idea is right, just leave his bio open-ended (people can always go to wiki to see what he's doing post-chess)
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From the NYTimes article, as to why he decided not to become a full-time professional (even if qualified):
<Unlike Wilder, Wolff spent several years as a professional player. He had enrolled at Yale, but after being awarded a Samford Fellowship in 1989 which is usually given to one top young player each year and comes with a $32,000 annual stipend for two years he took time off to purse chess full time.
I never expected to be a professional indefinitely, he said. But it was fantastic fun.
A turning point came in 1992, when he was hired to help Viswanathan Anand, the current world champion, to prepare for a match. The experience tipped him over the edge, he said.>
Although he did compete in Biel 1993. Soon afterwards he returned to college, graduating from Havard in 1996.
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<RE: shhh....> If you watch the video you'll see that Rachels might not even be fully aware of who's talking. He intently staring at the board and doesn't even look up. Seemed just instinctive to me.
|Nov-10-15|| ||Howard: That match in 1992 was against Ivanchuk.
By the way, I never heard of a school called "Havard". But you probably mean a certain institution located just outside of Boston.
|Nov-10-15|| ||zanzibar: Ha!
We're somewhat infamous for dropping r's round these parts.
|Nov-10-15|| ||Retireborn: <z> A visit to Scotland would cure you of that. They really love their "r"s up there :)|
|Feb-14-16|| ||zanzibar: Is this website (from the intro) active anymore?
|Feb-15-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Patrick Wolff.|
|Jul-25-17|| ||Howard: So, what is Wolff doing nowadays? The new magazine, American Chess Magazine, ran an interview with him recently, but I don't think it stated what he's doing now that his hedge fund is shut down.|
|May-03-18|| ||happyjuggler0: It looks like he is now writing articles for his big city local paper. I have no idea what else he is doing, if anything.|
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