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|Jul-12-05|| ||jamesmaskell: Soso is so so! Do I win pun of the day?|
|Dec-21-05|| ||billiejoelover21: ? lets start over.... hes old|
|Feb-04-06|| ||eugik: He is one of the best chess writers around. Read "Russian Silhouettes", for example.|
|May-13-06|| ||jperr75108: Anyone read his new book?|
|May-19-06|| ||Runemaster: Re the above discussion on drawing percentages, <Caissanist>'s comment is interesting. Despite all the talk nowadays about "Drawnik", for example, Kramnik's drawing rate is well below 50% of his games in the database. Top players today couldn't get away with the number of draws that the oldies used to have some decades ago.|
|May-19-06|| ||dakgootje: Rarely ever draw a game myself... last one i remember was around 20 games ago when in the very endgame i blundered away a bishop, which in that position was quite losing, but i managed to get a perputual.|
think overal players draw more and more as they get older
|Sep-07-06|| ||Caissanist: Does anybody know how reliable Sosonko's stories are considered to be? There seem to be a fair number of old Soviet masters about which we know almost nothing except what Sosonko says.|
|Sep-07-06|| ||dravid: <think overall players draw more and more as they get older>|
Yes, I feel the same way.
|Oct-09-06|| ||Caissanist: <Anyone read his new book> I have all three of his short bio/anecdote collections. In my opinion, <Smart Chip in St. Petersburg> is not as good as the first two, but I'm still glad to have it. If you loved the first two books then you'll enjoy many of the stories in this one too, but some of the others are filler. He seems to be running out of things to say.|
|Feb-11-07|| ||Caissanist: I need to take back what I wrote about <Smart Chip from St. Petersburg>. It's somewhat different from <Russian Silhouettes> or <The Reliable Past>, since there's less straight biographical material and more collections of anecdotes, grouped around a theme (chess and religion, chess and fame, etc.). The book really grew on me, and I wound up re-reading it several times. Coincidentally, one of the best pieces is about chess and aging, and how your thought process changes. Very interesting, and often quite funny, in a dry, deadpan way.|
|Sep-21-07|| ||ILoveThisSite: Anyone else think he looks like Bobby Knight?|
|Sep-21-07|| ||WannaBe: Let's see how far he can throw a chair first, then I'll decide.|
|Dec-28-07|| ||Nikita Smirnov: He looks like the Swedish writer Jan Gilliou|
|May-18-08|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Gennady!|
|May-18-08|| ||WannaBe: Just another So-so player! =)|
|May-20-08|| ||stanleys: Sosonko in the 60's
|May-18-10|| ||wordfunph: more books to come!
happy birthday GM Sosonko..
|May-18-12|| ||brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday Genna!|
|Jun-21-12|| ||achieve: Brankat missed three years, but Gennadi is a powerhouse analyst and commentator, my second favorite to Hans Ree as a Dutch enthusiast.|
Approaching 70 years of age no doubt in some style.
|Dec-27-12|| ||achieve: Surprisingly the cg database doesn't include the games Sosonko played for his club <En Passant>, Bunschoten, from 2009 onwards. Sosonko is "by far" the most senior active GM in the Netherlands, followed by Jan Timman and John van der Wiel, who find themselves among a new group of players born around 1985- 1990 that have in recent years added to the number of active GMs in Holland.|
|Dec-27-12|| ||Caissanist: In fact he's the most senior GM in the Netherlands active or inactive. In Sosonko's prime it was much harder to get the GM title than it is today, and none of his contemporaries did.|
|Dec-27-12|| ||achieve: Except for Hans Ree (whom I'd overlooked, apologies), I'm sure, about the same age as Sosonko, who, if I am not mistaken, already had become a GM prior to acquiring Dutch citizenship?|
Need to check up on that.
|Dec-27-12|| ||achieve: Gennadi did in fact become a GM in 1974, two years after "defecting" to Holland. Hard to believe he'll hit 70 years of age in a few months; he looks mentally and physically quite a bit younger, very fit.|
|Dec-27-12|| ||Caissanist: I stand corrected, tx. I knew that Ree is a GM but not that he was only a year younger.|
|May-18-13|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday GM Sosonko!|
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