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|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!|
|Jul-15-13|| ||FSR: I just read his book "The World Champions I Knew." Weirdly, it goes from Capablanca through Petrosian. He didn't literally know Capablanca and Alekhine, of course, but interviewed people who had known them (such as Capablanca's widow Olga Capablanca Clark). Not sure why he stopped with Petrosian.|
|Jul-15-13|| ||talisman: <FSR> I just saw this book and was thinking about getting it. do you recommend it?|
|Jul-16-13|| ||FSR: <talisman> It's pretty good. Struck me as not quite as good as some of his prior books. I was a little disappointed that he stopped with Petrosian.|
|Jul-16-13|| ||talisman: thanks <FSR>...i'll think i'll get it.|
|Jul-17-13|| ||Caissanist: Sosonko seems to prefer to write about people who are no longer alive, so he can write more honestly. He and Spassky apparently knew each other fairly well, I am sure he will have plenty to say after Spassky is gone.|
|Nov-03-13|| ||Conrad93: His names gets mentioned often when it comes to the Winanwer.|
|Nov-05-13|| ||perfidious: Sosonko has no games with the Winawer French in this DB-what are you maundering on about now? He has always played the Sicilian.|
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