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|Jul-05-05|| ||offramp: <Karpova: why does he play chess any longer?> He died in 2003, according to Adorjan. I am trying to find out more.|
|Jul-05-05|| ||lostemperor: <offramp> you should ask Susan Polgar. If I'm correct he was a friend of the Polgar family.|
|Jul-05-05|| ||vonKrolock: References to a Peter Szekely on-line here after 2003: <SZÉKELY PÉTER: Csillagászati szeminárium 1.; Csillagda; IV. csillagász > Refers to a seminar of Astronomy, part of a program of researches for the years 2004/5
|Jul-06-05|| ||offramp: Here is the link: http://www.chessville.com/Editorial...
Where Adorjan says, "I don’t doubt that Anand might be the best rapid player in the world, but I’d like to point out two things: 1./ Rapid chess is special. People like Kállai or P.Szekely (who has died at the age of 48) have never played serious part in the traditional time-controlled chess...."|
I have a feeling that Szekely is a fairly common Hungarian name... I think it's the name of one of the native Hungarian tribes.
|Jul-06-05|| ||lostemperor: I think there is Peter Székely the astronomer and Peter Székely the chessplayer. I've seen the latter a few times in Holland. I think I even played him once without knowing his name. I have spoken him casually. He seemed a gay guy (meaning not sad).|
|Jul-06-05|| ||vonKrolock: <offramp>, <lostemperor> You are, highly probably, right that we are speaking about two different P. Székely - chessville.com and Adorjan are reliable sources (althought the lacking of some , so to say, formal confirmation).
Of course I could not avoid keeping the fingers crossed in the hope that our chess-playing P. Sz. could be the same astronomer P. Sz. - because, secondarily , both activities are not incompatible - see Victor Knorre - and, principally - because giving lectures in Szeged is better than ...|
|Jul-08-05|| ||offramp: On Susan Polgar's page she answered thus:
<Susan Polgar: Yes, Peter Szekely died not long ago. I do not know the circumstances.>
He was a very talented player and he could have been major Grandmaster; but in more recent years he became amenable to short draws.
|Sep-20-05|| ||lostemperor: <offramp> a late response, but from your first post I think Peter Szekely died a terrible draw death :(|
|Sep-28-05|| ||offramp: From Bram Stoker's Dracula - it is Dracula himself speaking:|
"We Szekelys have a right to be proud, for in our veins flows the blood
of many brave races who fought as the lion fights, for lordship.
Here, in the whirlpool of European races, the Ugric tribe bore down
from Iceland the fighting spirit which Thor and Wodin game them,
which their Berserkers displayed to such fell intent on the seaboards
of Europe, aye, and of Asia and Africa too, till the peoples thought
that the werewolves themselves had come. Here, too, when they came,
they found the Huns, whose warlike fury had swept the earth like a
living flame, till the dying peoples held that in their veins ran
the blood of those old witches, who, expelled from Scythia had mated
with the devils in the desert."
|Jun-02-06|| ||Runemaster: <offramp> Good quote from Dracula. I've just re-read the book after fifteen years or so and I was struck by that passage myself.|
In the novel as a whole, Stoker stresses Dracula's descent from Attila the Hun as a way of suggesting his ferocity and blood-lust and the fear in which he is held by the local people who are Magyars and other groups.
If I can be pedantic for a moment, though, a mistake bothered me when I read this passage: I don't think it's correct for Stoker [Dracula] to say that "the Ugric tribe bore down from Iceland". Ugric people are those speaking non-Indo European languages such as Hungarian; they certainly didn't come from Iceland, which was settled mainly by Norwegians.
|Jun-27-06|| ||offramp: Still no news about how he died.|
|Jun-27-06|| ||Runemaster: <offramp: Still no news about how he died.> |
[BAD TASTE WARNING]: a knight fork through the heart?
Realising too late he was playing in a no-draw tournament?
|Sep-04-06|| ||OhioChessFan: ** Bad taste warning **
** Repeat, bad taste warning **
He was probably satisfied to draw his last breath.
|Sep-04-06|| ||Autoreparaturwerkbau: This guy was an original Draw-nik.|
|Sep-07-06|| ||Runemaster: <Ohio> You sicko!
People like you draw out the worst in me.
|Sep-07-06|| ||WannaBe: Me thinkth, this thread is too long drawn out.|
|Sep-08-06|| ||Runemaster: <WannaBe> OK, let's agree to end the game and share the point after these 5 moves - that's the way Peter would have wanted it.|
|Jun-18-09|| ||hedgeh0g: <a knight fork through the heart?>|
I thought forks had a hard time penetrating a chest of drawers...
|Mar-25-11|| ||kudubux: Ahhh! Did this guy teach Leko and Kramnik how to draw?|
|Mar-25-11|| ||kudubux: But mind you, short draws save a lot of energy. I wonder where he spends it?|
|Jun-03-11|| ||ppeti84: He died of a heart attack on the 31th of august 2003.|
|Jul-23-13|| ||offramp: When Stoker mentions Iceland is it possible he meant the vague icy lands to the north of Europe?|
|Jul-30-13|| ||offramp: An unusual name-check, from the wikipedia article on Goulash:|
< Hungarian goulash variations:
Gulyás ŕ la Székely . Reduce the potatoes and add sauerkraut and sour cream ...>
|Nov-15-13|| ||Annie K.: The Székely are a Hungarian subgroup living in Transylvania, mostly in the Carpathian Basin, having their own traditions - culinary, dress, folklore - that differ considerably from the Hungarian "mainstream". :)|
It's also fairly common as a last name.
|Nov-16-13|| ||Granny O Doul: <It's also fairly common as a last name.> Sometimes altered to "C.K".|
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