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|Dec-12-10|| ||wordfunph: according to 1975 U.S. Championship Tournament Director Paul Drummond, a big hit with photographers due to his habit of twirling a lock of his hair during his games, James Tarjan's fingers never stopped their nervous activity during his game.|
reminds me of another GM who does the same thing with GM Tarjan --- Vietnamese GM Nguyen Anh Dung!
|Dec-12-10|| ||Phony Benoni: Didn't Alekhine have the hair-twirling habit as well?|
|Dec-17-10|| ||Nunc Temus: Whatever happened to James Tarjan ? I heard that he became a librarian.|
|Dec-17-10|| ||HeMateMe: It was a prophylactic move.|
|Dec-18-10|| ||perfidious: <Phony Benoni> Alekhine was indeed noted for that mannerism.|
|Jan-29-11|| ||Caissanist: Tarjan has been a librarian in Santa Cruz, California for many years.|
|Jan-04-12|| ||wordfunph: GM Andrew Soltis remembered in the years of World Student Chess Olympiad, the Soviet team members wanted to trade books with Americans. James Tarjan, the future GM, was
reluctant to swap because it would mean giving up his beloved MCO.|
that's the true spirit of a librarian :-)
|Jan-05-12|| ||parisattack: <wordfunph: GM Andrew Soltis remembered in the years of World Student Chess Olympiad, the Soviet team members wanted to trade books with Americans. James Tarjan, the future GM, was reluctant to swap because it would mean giving up his beloved MCO.
that's the true spirit of a librarian :-)>
That probably would have been MCO 11? My first was Evan's 10 which I think is still one of the best of the lot.
Some of the early ones are fun - 1 to 4. I had the most difficulty getting 2 and of course there is the odd MCO 5 1/2...
|Jan-05-12|| ||TheFocus: <parisattack> Sorry I haven't sent those excerpts of my Fischer book yet.|
Look for them today or tomorrow. I think you will be pleased.
|Jan-05-12|| ||parisattack: <TheFocus> Wunderbar!|
I wish you a wonderful 2012!
|Jan-05-12|| ||Shams: <parisattack><I had the most difficulty getting 2 and of course there is the odd MCO 5 1/2...>|
Is that the one where they only gave the moves for White? I could see how that might be confounding.
|Jan-05-12|| ||TheFocus: <parisattack> Check your e-mail. I just sent you a chapter.|
I hope it meets with your approval.
|Jan-05-12|| ||parisattack: <Shams> There is that also; certainly a bit bias. :) This was actually (I believe) an early run of 6 (by Fine) listed as 5 which had already been published. The 6 is usually a blue cover and very common, the 5 1/2 is either brown or maroon. I've never delved too deep but someone told me content was slightly different, also. If someone has the full details I am all ears.|
Of course Fine also did Practical Chess Openings later. That, Horowitz's over-sized tome and MCO were the big opening guns in the 1960s...then came the British (chess) Invasion!
|Jan-05-12|| ||parisattack: <TheFocus> WOW!!! Christmas in January. Thank you, good sir.|
|Jan-05-12|| ||Shams: <paris> Sounds like a collectible on par with the "butcher cover" pressings of "Yesterday and Today". I assume you have like twelve copies.|
|Jan-05-12|| ||parisattack: <Shams: <paris> Sounds like a collectible on par with the "butcher cover" pressings of "Yesterday and Today". I assume you have like twelve copies.>|
Haha. Actually at one time I bought all the 6s I could find - perhaps 15 or so. They're worth maybe $5 a throw. Only two 5 1/2s I think.
|Jan-05-12|| ||Shams: <They're worth maybe $5 a throw.>|
"Five bucks a throw"-- I think I last read this phrase in "Catcher in the Rye". But Holden wasn't looking to buy chess books. Cheers.
|Jan-05-12|| ||parisattack: <Shams: <They're worth maybe $5 a throw.>>|
LOL! No, not chess books. ;)
|Feb-22-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday!|
|Feb-22-12|| ||karnak64: GM Tarjan, I remember your games well. I was in high school from 71-74, and was thrilled to see our school library subscribed to Chess Life -- there I found your games, saw your articles, followed your career.|
So thanks for being an early influence, and have a Happy Birthday.
|Feb-22-12|| ||AylerKupp: Yes, definitely happy birthday wishes to my favorite chess-playing librarian. Maybe someone can convince Art Drucker to organize another reunion of the Student Chess Club soon.|
|Feb-22-12|| ||Gregor Samsa Mendel: <AylerKupp>--Art Drucker! That's a name I haven't heard since I played high school chess in L.A. in the late 1970's. Is he still around?|
|Feb-23-12|| ||andrewjsacks: Yes, Art is still around and "threatens" to host another Student Club reunion. Would love to see it and attend again.|
|Feb-23-13|| ||Abdel Irada: My chess instructor (when I went to university in Santa Cruz in the early 1980s) was a Richard Flacco, who used to regale me with stories about his contemporary and boon companion James Tarjan.|
The next I heard of Tarjan, he was working in the local library. Something about "small world" drifts in about now.
|Feb-23-13|| ||Abdel Irada: Unusual: Over the course of his games in this database, Tarjan has distributed his defenses to d4-complex openings equally across the King's Indian, Queen's Indian and Grünfeld.|
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