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|Mar-08-05|| ||iron maiden: <tpstar> Thanks for the editing notes; you're certainly a peculiar, multitalented individual. Why don't you write yourself a bio instead of being so darn mysterious to the rest of us? |
|Mar-08-05|| ||tpstar: <short biography>
tpstar plays chess.
|Mar-08-05|| ||iron maiden: Ah well, I guess we'll have to settle for that. |
|Mar-09-05|| ||yoozum: <I dunno, he used to be number one, but he just hasn't been killing as well as he used to has he? >
|Mar-09-05|| ||Resignation Trap: <iron maiden> I could tell you more about tpstar, not only do I know him, I have even played him. If tpstar doesn't want me to reveal his identity or to show his loss to me, I accept bribes in all currencies except Turkish Lira. |
|Mar-11-05|| ||cu8sfan: <Resignation Trap> The cat's already out the bag... Check out the biography I wrote for Tony Palmer. |
|Mar-11-05|| ||perfidious: If my recollection doesn't fail me, Walter's IM title was awarded him in 1984, making him the oldest player to achieve that honour. The final norm was made in that year's NY Open, where I believe he had the redoubtable Bent Larsen on the verge of defeat before drawing the game. |
|Mar-12-05|| ||Minor Piece Activity: Now there WMD, be modest. =) |
|Jun-27-07|| ||whiteshark: <cu8sfan: <LOL>>|
|Apr-18-08|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Shipman!|
|Apr-18-08|| ||Strongest Force: Walter use to live in NYC but retired to the west-coast with his wife. I think he was a lawyer and his wife had something to to do with the medical industry. I knew his 2 children Judit and Joe; they both played chess. Joe was a graduate of MIT ...many of NYC's chess youth went to the best universities. Walter gave me the unofficial title of: "Park Master". :)|
|Apr-18-08|| ||Riverbeast: Happy Birthday, Mr. Shipman.
I also remember him from the NYC tournaments. He is a true gentleman. His kids were also very nice.
|Oct-03-08|| ||GrahamClayton: Shipman was responsible for introducing the "Extended Bishop Swap" variation of the French Defence into US chess competition, eg 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 ♗d7, with the idea of ....♗b5 exchanging the White squared Bishops.|
Source: "Unorthodox Openings", Eric Schiller and Joel Benjamin, Batsford, 1987
|Jan-24-09|| ||jemptymethod: @StrongestForce: I knew the Shipmans from when I lived in NY in the 70s/80s as well. I played Joe in a tourney on Long Island in 75 or 76 and even remember the opening to this day (Birds/Froms). Judith and I were friends in the early 80s and hung out together at some of the tournaments in NYC at the Chess Center or the ones run by Jose Cuchi|
|Jan-24-09|| ||jemptymethod: By the way, watching Walter Shipman play the Budapest vs. the Grandmasters at tournaments at the Chess Center convinced me to drop the Gruenfeld and take it up, and I've never looked back|
|Apr-18-09|| ||wordfunph: Happy 80th Birthday Master Shipman! May you enjoy the royal game to the fullest..|
|Jul-23-09|| ||myschkin: . . .
".. Walter got his IM title in 1982 at age 53 making him one of the oldest players ever to receive the title. He was IM strength for several decades but work, family and lack of opportunities delayed his becoming an IM. He made his debut in the US Championship at South Fallsberg, New York, in 1948, where at age 19 he tied for 8-10th places with 11.5 points in the 20 player round robin. He is a noted chess historian. IM John Walter Donaldson notes that "Walter is one of the great gentleman of American chess." ..."
|Apr-18-10|| ||wordfunph: "It began to feel as though you were playing against chess itself." Walter Shipman (on playing against Bobby Fischer)|
happy 81st birthday IM Shipman!
|Apr-18-10|| ||HeMateMe: Andy Soltis (about playing against Fischer) "Even when you're winning, you know you're going to lose".|
|Oct-19-10|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
<It began to feel as though you were playing against chess itself.>
-- Walter Shipman (on Fischer)
<Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. <>>
-- Samuel Beckett
|Feb-20-12|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "It began to feel as though you were playing against chess itself." >
--- Walter Shipman (on Fischer)
|Feb-05-16|| ||TheFocus: From the <Mechanics Institute Newsletter #725>:
Sammy Reshevsky–Walter Shipman
New York (Training Game) December 1947
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.dxe5
<This move is the reason why modern players try to enter the Philidor by the move-order 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5, but of course this gives White the extra option of heading for a queenless middlegame with 4.dxe5.>
<5.Qd5 Nc5 6.Bg5 Be7 (the less commonly played 6...Qd7 still leaves White in charge after 7.exd6 Bxd6 8.Nc3 0–0 9.0–0–0) 7.exd6 Qxd6 8.Nc3 is the “official” reason why this move-order favors White, who has a small but annoying pull.>
5...c6 6.exd6 Bxd6 7.0–0 0–0 8.Nbd2 Nxd2
<8...Nf6 was a reasonable alternative.>
9.Bxd2 Bg4 10.h3 Bh5
<10...Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nd7 12.Bb3 Qf6 13.Qxf6 Nxf6 14.Rad1 gives White the two-bishop edge in the ending.>
<White’s threatened Qd4 forces the bishop to move again.>
12.b4 Bb6 13.g4 Bg6 14.Ne5 Qh4?!
<14...Qxd1 15.Rfxd1 Bxc2 16.Rd2 Bg6 (16...Be4 17.Nxf7) 17.Re1 offers White a strong initiative for the sacrificed pawn. The tricky 14...Qf6, intending ...Qf4, was best here. The text is skating on thin ice.>
<15.Kg2 is more precise, meeting 15...a5 with 16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.Rb1, and Black is in serious trouble.>
<This meets with a drastic refutation. 15...a5! was correct, with the point that on 16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.Rb1 Black has 17...Bc7+.>
16.Qf3 Bb6 17.Nxg6 hxg6 18.Qxf7+! Rxf7 19.Rxf7 Na6 20.Raf1 1–0
Source: <Christian Science Monitor>, February 15, 1965.
|Apr-18-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Walter Shipman.|
|Mar-16-17|| ||FSR: https://new.uschess.org/news/walter...|
|Mar-16-17|| ||perfidious: RIP to one of the unfailingly decent men I knew in my playing days.|
Excerpts from the link provided by <FSR>:
<....Walter Shipman will be remembered as more than a player. His intelligence, wit, friendliness and sense of fair play will not be forgotten....>
From my contact with him, I can vouch for these qualities, though I did not know him well.
<....This was not the only piece of unwritten American chess history that Shipman had tucked away. Everyone remembers the U.S. team did not attend Buenos Aires 1939 after winning the previous four Olympiads, but why not? The answer is not to be found in the pages of Chess Review or the American Chess Bulletin.
Walter explained that George Emlen Roosevelt (yes, one of those Roosevelts), was willing to pay the travel for the U.S. team, but balked when the players asked for a modest honoraria (sic) to cover a month’s lost wages attending the event. Roosevelt, a banker and philanthropist who was one of the most prominent railroad financiers of his day, felt the players should be honored to play for the flag. The players, who had already demonstrated their patriotism countless times that decade, but had families to feed during the Depression, felt otherwise. Sadly, with Walter’s passing, much insider knowledge has been lost.>
This is most interesting; I had wondered why the American side did not travel to Buenos Aires.
Those were particularly tough times for top American players; one can only imagine how hard.
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