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|Dec-20-10|| ||SamAtoms1980: R.I.P., GM Mikhail M. Umansky.
In your moves, your voice lives on.
|Dec-20-10|| ||Honza Cervenka: R.I.P., the Champion!|
|Dec-20-10|| ||jusmail: May his sould rest in peace|
|Dec-20-10|| ||ketchuplover: ditto|
|Dec-20-10|| ||bharatiy: R.I.P. GM Umansky|
|Dec-20-10|| ||jmactas: May your soul rest in peace.|
|Dec-21-10|| ||ajile: A credit to the game of chess.|
|Dec-21-10|| ||MrBlueLake: R.I.P. GM Umansky.|
|Dec-21-10|| ||Llawdogg: RIP Chess GM|
|Dec-21-10|| ||Birthday Boy: this is a sad news...
RIP Mikhail Umansky
|Dec-21-10|| ||chukcha96: R.I.P. GM Umansky.|
|Dec-21-10|| ||drpoundsign: probably smoked|
|Dec-21-10|| ||Ezzy: A World chess champion! People close to you must be so proud. |
Your name is etched in history forever. RIP GM Umansky.
|Dec-21-10|| ||karnak64: How sad. Rest in Peace, champ.|
|Dec-21-10|| ||theodor: Misha was,perhaps, the last warrior in the pre-rybka era! in those years correspondence chess was the highest level of chess analysis, the hardest wark! I hate machines! I love your endeavour, Misha. I hope there will be chess, in heavens, otherwise it will be boring to death! get ready with the chess board, we are arriving! see you soon: Theodor|
|Dec-21-10|| ||chessgames.com: When Chessgames hired Umansky to participate in the Chessgames Challenge I confess I had never really heard of him. But his credentials were impeccable, and after seeing some of his games it was clear to me that he didn't become World Champion by some kind of fluke. No sir, he was the real deal.|
He wasn't that easy to get in touch with, but after speaking with a very nice man at the ICCF I was able to send a message to him in our behalf. I was delighted to receive a reply back, and found that he was keenly interested in the idea of a correspondence exhibition game.
In all of our dealings with him he showed nothing but class. During the pre-game negotiations, it seemed to me that his main concern was the quality of the chess to be played, more than any other detail, including the money. He was perfectly happy to take either the white or black pieces, but when it came to the subject of time control, he had a lot to say. He advocated a 3 day period for each half-move, longer than we've allowed in any previous Chessgames Challenge, and explained that even that would be a strenuously quick pace. He consented to the time control because he knew that for an exhibition game the normal ICCF pace would be untenable.
His humility was positively astonishing. I explained that we were planning to bill him as a giant of the chess world, a name to list among the OTB champions like Kramnik and Anand. He didn't particularly like that. He knew that for marketing purposes it's the inevitable thing to do, but I got the impression that he was somewhat embarrassed being labeled a World Champion.
If I could summarize what I know of Mr. Umansky from my brief dealings with him, I'd say this: Here is a man who loved chess for the beauty of its stark truth. The fact that his passion for the game happened to bring to him the title of World Champion was just a mere happenstance. He derived no thrill from accolades--but the chess itself, that's what thrilled him.
|Dec-21-10|| ||theagenbiteofinwit: It would be nice if the ICCF would post something online about the loss. I believe that Timmerman moved in two exhibition games against him after his passing.|
|Dec-21-10|| ||Ron: The bio on this page says : "In 1978 he became USSR Correspondence Champion, and in 1995 he became the 13th World Correspondence Champion."|
That is an important achievement in chess for he did that before the "rise of the machines."
|Dec-22-10|| ||Check It Out: That's a very nice post, <chessgames>, thank you.|
|Dec-22-10|| ||Natalia Pogonina: RIP...Mikhail will remain in the hearts of people who knew, respected and loved him, including the participants of the matches at ChessGames.|
|Dec-30-10|| ||karnak64: <chessgames.com> Thanks so much for that tribute. It was really a thrill to participate in a game against a player of his caliber and character. We'll miss him.|
|Mar-16-11|| ||Penguincw: Is it too late to say bye? Well,R.I.P. .|
|Aug-23-11|| ||whiteshark: http://www.miumansky.com/|
|Aug-23-11|| ||Check It Out: What a chess giant.|
|Dec-28-11|| ||Nemesistic: What a really nice guy Mr Umansky seemed to be,well liked by all..I'm embarassed to say id never heard of him..|
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