|Feb-28-07|| ||get Reti: I searched a random article on wikipedia and got this guy.|
|May-03-09|| ||myschkin: . . .
Eugenio Szabados (1898-1974) was a great man both in Venetian and Italian chess. Himself a player of master strength, he was also the organiser and patron of many fine chess events. ... He was rich, being the owner of many ships, among other things.
In 1956 there was the so-called Suez crises, when the Suez canal was closed off by the Egyptian president Nasser, who wanted to nationalise it.
Almost all of Szabados' ships were inside the canal at the time. According to Jan Hein Donner they were confiscated. Szabados had not insured his ships, because for an owner of a big fleet insurance is usually senseless. Once in a while you lose a ship, but insurance for the whole fleet would be much more costly.
. . .
In 1956 Szabados lost all of them and his whole fortune and was a poor man afterwards.
(Source: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hans1... by Hans Ree)
|Jul-12-13|| ||epistle: AFGM's nom de guerre every Saturday when he goes Karaoke-singing.|
|Sep-02-18|| ||clement41: What a life this man had!
Although he was on the losing side of what I am about to submit here, I cannot resist but to post a stunning position from a game Jung-Szabados, Vienna 1952 (you may find Venice 1953, though, so the source is not certain). This gem looks like a composition!
click for larger view
White to move
|Sep-02-18|| ||keypusher: <clement41>
1.Re4 Rxd4 2.Rxe2 Rh4 3.f4+ wins. 1.Bxg7 Rxh4 2.Bf6+ or 1.Be3+ Kf6 or even 1....Qxe3 2.f4+ Qxf4 don't seem as strong. Is there something else?
|Sep-02-18|| ||ughaibu: What about 1.Qd7?|
|Sep-02-18|| ||keypusher: <ughaibu: What about 1.Qd7?> |
Well, that is problematic! Beautiful.
After I'd convinced myself that obvious attempts at brilliancy like 1.Bxg7 didn't work, I finally lit on 1.Re4. I knew it wasn't the answer, because who cares about a move like that? I don't think I would have found 1.Qd7 if I'd looked all day. But Shredder will select 1.Re4 if you give it the position.
<In 1956 Szabados lost all his ships due to the Suez crisis and became a poor man.>
Hopefully this is not entirely true, because when Tal was in the hospital Szabados sent him wine, fruit, and <a fashionable tie of unbelievable colouring>. <The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal> at 66. See
Szabados vs Tal, 1957
Incidentally, in the Cadogan reprint of the 1976 RHM translation of Tal's autobiography, his name is rendered as Signor Sabadosh.
|Sep-02-18|| ||whiteshark: April 15 
Without having a good look at Milan, we took the train to Venice and the high spot of our trip so far. When we arrived at <Venice> we were met by a large number of porters. It was raining and each porter had an umbrella for each of us. We were whisked off to the waiting Chris-Crafts for the ride up the Grand Canal to <the luxurious Hotel Europa. <Everything was paid for by
Szabados. <(Eugenio Szabados is probably the only really rich chess mastere. A child prodigy at chess, he was more or less adopted by a
ship-owner when he was about twenty, turned to business, and was
very successful at it. He now is the owner of a shipping line, and
is ranked as International Master of the FIDE.)>>> We played a double round with the Carlo Salvioli Chess Club of Venice....
Source: THE CALIFORNIA CHESS REPQRTER (Vol. III, No. l) September 1953, p4