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|May-11-10|| ||HeMateMe: thank you. If you have $27.99 USA to pay for a new hardcover, which will take you 3 hours to read, then you either have a nice income, or you aren't too bright. |
Depends on the quality of your librarly. I'm in New york City, we get several hundred copies of most new books.
With the money i save on hardcovers, I can afford to get drunk, and then go see Billy Joel perform drunk. Or, something like that....
|May-17-10|| ||Riverbeast: I just read on the USCF website that Bill Hook passed away|
R.I.P. Bill hook
As I mentioned earlier, his book, "Hooked On Chess", is a very interesting read
He knew and played some of the leading chess figures of the 20th century, including Bobby Fischer, Marcel Duchamp, etc
|May-17-10|| ||HeMateMe: Bill (or William) Hook (May 28, 1925 – May 10, 2010) born in New Rochelle, New York, was a Chess master and the Captain of the British Virgin Islands chess team.|
Starting in 1968 Hook led the <Virgin Islands team,> and later the British Virgin Islands team, to numerous Chess Olympiads, mostly playing top board. At the Malta Olympiad of 1980, Hook won the gold medal on board 1 for best percentage result of any national team member. He defeated a grandmaster and several national champions along the way. To commemorate this achievement the British Virgin Islands issued a stamp in his honor.
During the preliminary rounds of the 1970 Siegen Olympiad, the Virgin Islands were paired with the USA team and< Hook famously faced the legendary Bobby Fischer. >Playing the black pieces, Hook ventured a pet line of the French Defence whereupon an exciting encounter developed, culminating in a stylish rook sacrifice by Fischer.
Hook authored a book as well as various magazine and newspaper articles about chess. In the art world, he is known for his one man shows in painting and photography. He lived in Washington DC, with his wife Mimi, until his death on May 10, 2010.
I guess that was smart, playing the French against Fischer. it gave him some trouble, relatively speaking.
|May-17-10|| ||HeMateMe: Hey, this is interesting! From the Amazon book review, Hook book:|
"The story of Bill Hook’s life with his many passions: chess, painting, traveling, photography and blackjack. Bill Hook won a gold medal at the Chess Olympiad and his friends include street hustlers and world champions. He played with the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Harold Schonberg, Marcel Duchamp and Miguel Najdorf. <After Bill Hook had beaten him four times in a row, a very young Bobby Fischer started crying. >Now Hook lives and plays on the Virgin Islands. An admirable and colorful life. The autobiography of a gambler, painter and chess player."
they have used copies for ten bucks. I might get it, just to read the Fischer story, and the ones about Blackjack hustling, a real art form, back in the day.
|May-17-10|| ||Riverbeast: Hook tells the story of the Olympiad game when he was paired against Fischer|
He said Fischer showed up at the board with a huge sandwich, and quickly wolfed it at the board before the game
Afterward, Fischer analyzed with him, and showed him some lines where Hook could have improved
He also tells the story of how he used to beat Fischer when he was a kid, but then in one game, Fischer played a move and Hook "could feel the power emanating from it"
Hook also gives the score of one of his victories against Duchamp
He said he knew Stanley Kubrick pretty well, who was master strength and a regular at the old "Flea House" chess club
Just some tidbits from the book...Definitely worth reading
|May-27-10|| ||hellopolgar: RIP Mr.Hook|
|May-28-10|| ||Domdaniel: One of the non-great Greats. Who else played Fischer, Short, Kubrick and Duchamp ... while sharing their enthusiasm for chess, photography, and art?|
His memoir, Hooked on Chess, is a classic. I wish I'd written to tell Bill how much I liked it -- for the sheer range of his memories, the good writing and excellent photographs.
Sail on forever, Cap'n Hook.
|Aug-12-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is a nice finish by Hook against M Ja Afar at the 1984 Thessaloniki Olympiad:|
click for larger view
White mates in 8 with 34.♘h4+ ♔g5 35.♕h7 ♕b1+ 36.♔h2 ♔h4 37.♕g6 ♕h1+ 38.♔h1 ♖b5 39.♔h2 ♖g5 40.g3+ ♖g3 41.fg3#
|Nov-07-11|| ||wordfunph: here's the story of Bill Hook's 1980 Malta Chess Olympiad gold medal on board one, lifted from NIC 2006 05..|
<Actually, Torre played a crucial role in the absolute highlight of Hook's Olympiad career, as in Malta 1980, they both vied for the gold medal on Board 1. Hook had a good start by beating Westerinen(!) in round 1, and following a scrappy draw against a Tunisian IM, his team dropped to lesser opposition and he was able to continue scoring well. Going into the last round, Torre had the same number of points, but he had faced stronger opposition. In his last game Bill Hook played a third player aspiring to the gold medal, Kanani of Kenya, broke open his position with a pawn push and managed to win. Now everything depended on Torre's game against Westerinen(!) and when the news came that they had drawn their game, the members of the British Virgin Islands let out a big whoop. Although their team had finished 75th out of 81, Bill Hook's 11.5 out of 14 won him the gold medal on first board.>
|Nov-07-11|| ||moronovich: <wordfunph>
Hook wrote a book("Hooked on chess" or something simular)which to me was a very plesant read and hereby highly recommended.At sale for a rather low price(unless the bookie has settled his issues with you yet;).
|Nov-07-11|| ||HeMateMe: I wanted to get this, but it was + $20 at Barnes and Noble. I'll wait till I see a used copy somewhere.|
|Nov-07-11|| ||moronovich: has *not*|
|Nov-07-11|| ||SteinitzLives: Amazon has the book used for about $10 and some new for about $14. If the shipping costs aren't prohibitive, it's a great addition, I recommend it. Hook lived life as a chess native but was not a GM or IM and seemed to not need chess "playing" or chess "writing" income to do it, so my hats off to him.|
|Nov-07-11|| ||wordfunph: amigo <moronovich> thank you, add that to my wishlist of chessbooks.|
|Dec-02-11|| ||wordfunph: from GM Andy Soltis' Chess to Enjoy - Chess Life December 2011 issue..|
Lajos Portisch holds the record for most career victories (121) in the Olympiad team tournaments. Who is number two in the record book?
(a) Miguel Najdorf
(b) Viktor Korchnoi
(c) Anatoly Karpov
(d) Eugenio Torre
(e) Bill Hook
e. 117 wins out of 235 games
|Dec-02-11|| ||moronovich: <wordfunph>
If in doubt,we go for the Hook(ers),right !? ;)
|Dec-02-11|| ||bubuli55: That must be Najdorf :)|
|Mar-02-12|| ||wordfunph: "I've been in 17 Olympiads, from the Philippines to Buenos Aires, to Malta to Dubai, in Moscow and in France. These are great tournaments."|
- Bill Hook
rest in peace master Hook..
|Jan-23-13|| ||BIDMONFA: William Hook|
|Mar-26-13|| ||DrNyet: Judging by his paintings in the book, he was a talented painter in addition to his other pursuits.|
|Nov-03-14|| ||HeMateMe: Stanley Kubrick and Bill Hook?
"Kubrick was more than a 'chess fan', he was a master strength player who used to scrape a living playing speed chess for money, before he became a famous director....Interesting stories about him in William Hook's "Hooked On Chess."
|Jul-19-17|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: Interesting character! Does anyone have his victory over GM Westerinen from the 1980 Malta Olympiad?|
|Jul-19-17|| ||TheFocus: <An Englishman> Here you go. From Olimpbase.|
|Jul-19-17|| ||Olavi: <wordfunph: here's the story of Bill Hook's 1980 Malta Chess Olympiad gold medal on board one, lifted from NIC 2006 05..|
Now everything depended on Torre's game against Westerinen(!) and when the news came that they had drawn their game>
The story is incorrect, the opponent in the last round was Rantanen.
Y Rantanen vs E Torre, 1980
|Dec-20-17|| ||zanzibar: Let's relate in full the RJF story, as told by Hook:|
<“Word was getting around about Bobby Fischer.From the first rumours of a talented kid from Brooklyn,he was now appearing regularly at the speed tournaments,and getting progressively better scores.At one point, however,I had beaten him four times in a row,and he cried at least once,revealing the depth of his intensity for the game.But one night at the Marshall Chess Club rapids where played a French Defence and a very peculiar thing happened.In the middle of the game Bobby made a strong move and I suddenly had an almost physical sense of power emanating from it.And Bobby moved again with the same effect; it was as if he were playing with dynamic rays of force that I had a heightened sensitivity to.It happened once more,and my position was busted,as the coffee house players would say.I never won an other game from Bobby,and I wonder if any other players had this experience while opposing him”.>
I blame the French (again!).
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