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|Sep-05-08|| ||JustWoodshifting: If the story by Bronstein is, indeed, true, I would have been very uncomfortable playing Dus Chotimirsky OTB. In my 3rd or 4th OTB game, I ran into a similar situation with a very large man who actually was growling at me, while leaning across the board. It unnerved me so that I made some very basic mistakes. In the end he snarled at me, "You have a lot to learn!", to which I replied "I am humbled.".|
|Sep-26-08|| ||BIDMONFA: Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky|
DUZ KHOTIMIRSKY, Fyodor I.
|Sep-26-08|| ||GrahamClayton: Dus Chotimisrky finished =3rd in the 1923 and 1927 USSR Championship, and was the St Petersburg city champion in 1910.|
|Sep-26-08|| ||whiteshark: Can you respell his name properly?|
|Sep-26-08|| ||Resignation Trap: Here's a solo shot from 1923: http://www.chesspro.ru/pict/rc23-9.... |
He is in a group photo from the 1923 USSR Championship: http://www.chesspro.ru/pict/rc23-0.... , and again from the 1925 USSR Championship: http://www.chesspro.ru/pict/rc25-1.... . In both of these photos, Dus-Chotimirsky can easily be identified, as he is the only one not to take off his hat for the photograph.
And here is a caricature from 1933: http://www.chesspro.ru/pict2/rc33-6... .
|Feb-25-09|| ||Sem: In a book full of anecdotes I read that it was not uncommon for Dus Chotimirsky to translate poetry WHILE he was playing an end game in a tournament game.|
|Aug-17-09|| ||Open Defence: <Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky was born in 1879 in Kozul, Russia> is there a Kozul in Croatia ? or only the player Kozul...|
|Jun-24-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Chotimirsky was involved in a controversial incident with Mikhail Botvinnik during the 8th USSR Championship, held at Leningrad in 1933.|
Botvinnik defended a R + P ending which eventually ended up with both sides having K + R. Despite being a draw, Chotimirsky continued to play, and the game was only declared a draw by the intervention of the tournament committee. Botvinnik later learned that Chotimirsky had planned to play 150 moves before offering a draw.
|Apr-01-11|| ||MaczynskiPratten: Duz-Chotimirsky was summed up by Marshall in one word; "excitable". The context was in describing the following entertaining game; Marshall vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1911|
|Sep-26-11|| ||parisattack: We had a fellow at the club in the 1960s, Joe Mirsky - apparently a distant relation to Dus. Whenever Joe would make what he thought to be a good move he would say, "She-she yedyats, dash-a-bouts.' I assume yiddish as it doesn't sound Russian to me. If someone knows and its not profane, please share.|
RIP, Mirskys - Dus and Joe.
|Sep-26-11|| ||TheTamale: I believe an anglicized version of Dus Chotimirsky's name would be Theodore John Rankins.|
|Sep-26-12|| ||brankat: R.I.P. master Dus Chotimirsky.|
|Sep-26-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: IM Dus Chotimirsky, today you are remembered!
|Aug-07-13|| ||ekanth: what was he doing for a
|Oct-07-13|| ||thomastonk: From the biography: "In his autobiography, he claimed to have invented the name 'Dragon Variation' of the Sicilian Defense." |
Can anybody give a more precise reference to his autobiography? A page number, or even the text?
|Oct-11-13|| ||Calli: Lubomir Kavelek says that Duz told the story (a Dragon's tale?) in his notes to A Rabinovich vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1908 |
The Kavelek article is here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lubom...
|Mar-02-14|| ||Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker mentioned (Berlin, May 18, 1911), that the chess masters call Fyodor only <Dus>. Dus-Chotimirsky is a man who firmly maintains his positions. He was raised to become a priest, but abandoned his career as he didn't sympathize with the party of the powerful during the commotion of the last years. He then became a journalist and came to San Sebastian as a correspondent for two newspapers. Now he is on his travel back to Kiev.|
Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1911.05.21, page 9
|Mar-26-16|| ||zanzibar: <Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 1>|
|Mar-26-16|| ||zanzibar: <Upon returning to Kiev, I took an interest in higher mathematics and astronomy, which I've liked since childhood. I read a lot of astronomy books and dreamed to work with telescopes. To get an opportunity to develop my skills further, I decided to meet the Kiev Observatory director, Professor Khandrikov. I came to the appointment in the morning, long before the agreed time, and just walked nervously around the observatory's garden. I was told that Professor Khandrikov was still sleeping. Finally, after hours of waiting, the porter gave me an envelope. Inside I found five roubles and a small message that there were no janitor vacancies in the observatory!|
For the first time in my life, I cried bitterly from the humiliation, and immediately wrote back:
"Professor! I could prove to you that my theoretical knowledge was enough for me to work at the telescope, but I'm afraid that I cannot provide you with responsiveness and ability to understand this proof.
P.S. Give five roubles to the porter for his work."> - ibid
|Mar-26-16|| ||zanzibar: So, if you can't get a job as a janitor, you'll have no choice but to become a chess master.|
|Jun-02-16|| ||SteinitzLives: The janitor gets paid much more, and with better benefits, so it's not an easy decision.|
|Sep-26-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky .|
|Dec-07-16|| ||zanzibar: His autobiography is partially (entirely?) cited here:|
where one can find the passage concerning the naming of the Dragon variation.
Sorry, but I couldn't quickly find the page numbers of the original reference.
Here's the extent of the passage from the chess.com source:
<I [Dus-Chotimirsky] took an interest in Sicilian defence as early as in 1901. It was unpopular and largely unstudied at the time.
I was fascinated with the strategical idea of playing d7-d6, g7-g6 and developing the Bishop to g7, which gave Black good counterplay perspectives at the queenside.
I studied this system and would use it often.
The story behind the name "Dragon", which said system now bears, is also interesting.
I was the one who coined the name, back in 1901 in Kiev.
I was an amateur astronomer and studied the night sky, and so I noticed the similarities between the Draco constellation and Sicilian pawn configuration d6-e7-f7-g6-h7. I used this association and came up with the name "Dragon variant".>
|Feb-04-17|| ||rea: "Can you respell his name properly?"
|Jul-30-18|| ||offramp: <TheTamale: I believe an anglicized version of Dus Chotimirsky's name would be Theodore John Rankins.>|
How did you get the "Rankins" bit?
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