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|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.|
|Jul-29-14|| ||Interbond: Tarjan is now making a comeback at the US Open in Orlando . His last registered game was 30 years ago in 1984!!|
|Aug-03-14|| ||Fusilli: He's playing the US Open in Orlando, after decades in retirement! GM Ron W Henley is playing too.|
|Sep-27-14|| ||Interbond: He will be playing in the Isle of Man International 4-12 October . Top 10 players will be Vachier-Lagrave,Adams, Fressinet,Sargissian,Jones,Tiviakov,
Granda Zuniga,Howell,Short and Fridman.|
|Sep-27-14|| ||Joshka: Great news on GMTarjan!! Well he's retirement age now, so he'll have time to devout to chess!! Wish him all the luck!!! Even great to hear about GM Henley!! He's was Karpov's 2nd many years back!!!|
|Oct-08-14|| ||ketchuplover: Him Tarjan.|
|Oct-12-14|| ||waustad: It's good to see him playing again. Maybe there is hope for those of us born during the Truman Administration.|
|Jan-30-15|| ||Joshka: <waustad> yes, you're right, I never thought of myself as "someone born during the Truman administration", Congratulations on making me feel now so much older!!;-)|
|Feb-07-15|| ||pazzed paun: interesting article in current Chess Life Magazine!
J T says a number of things that most chess layers would not agree with
a bit controversial
|Feb-08-15|| ||Joshka: <pazzed paun> I just recently let my membership lapse, could you fill us in a bit on what he said? He's from my generation, (I'm about 3 months older) and I'd be interested to hear about his views! thanks in advance!|
|Feb-08-15|| ||pazzed paun: <JOSHKA> Ok but remember this MY summary of the article and if someone else has a different take on the article let us know|
1) it was his choice and no one else influenced him to stop playing chess at age 32
2) he does not regret stopping active play -- he did not think he could have made a living at chess
3) he thinks that "old guys" can still play chess
4) he uses Steinitz Smyslov and Korchnoi as examples
5) big one!!
he says that USA chess would have been better off if there had never been a Robert J Fischer
6) the time and image of the crazed chess loner is past
--that is some stuff to chew on!--
|Feb-09-15|| ||Joshka: <pazzed paun> Hey thanks!!! I cannot disagree with anything you posted, except the big one Number 5. No, USA Chess would be basically nothing unless you get the flamboyant persona of a Fischer or reasonable facsimile!:-) .....World Professional Boxing....Ali brought the boxing game to it's greatest heights. Arnold Palmer in Golf. Tiger Woods in Golf. Jimmy Connor's in tennis......certain sports activities, need a kind of "bad boy" image.....maybe that's not the correct phrase, maybe it's 'controversial"...but without Fischer, chess in the USA would have stayed ASLEEP in a deep coma!!, IMHO. Thanks again, you minded me to to renew my subscription!!!:-)|
|Feb-22-15|| ||Howard: Happy Birthday, Jim Tarjan !|
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