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|Oct-16-05|| ||WMD: <Frustrated by their inability to break down the walls built by Nicholas and Alexandra, some members of the Romanov family took events into their own hands. How many of the Romanovs were involved in the actual plotting to assassinate Rasputin will never be known for certain. What is widely accepted is that the Tsar's cousin, Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich and Prince Felix Youssoupov, husband of Nicholas II's niece Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, were among the leaders of the plot to strike against Rasputin. The monk, always frustrated by the Romanov's opposition to his role in Russia, was invited by Youssoupov to attend an evening gathering at his vast Petrograd palace. Felix promised Rasputin that his wife Irina would be there to greet him. The monk fell in the trap and willingly arrived at the Youssoupov palace in the evening of December 16, 1916. He did not survive the evening.|
Several excellent books recount in detail the events that took place at the Youssoupov palace, among them Greg King's "The Man Who Killed Rasputin," Alex de Yonge's "Rasputin," Robert K. Massie's monumental "Nicholas and Alexandra," and Prince Felix Youssoupov's "Lost Splendour." During the fateful last evening of Rasputin's life, the conspirators drugged, poisoned, beat and shot him. Yet the staretz survived all these and actually died by drowning when his body, wrapped in a carpet was thrown into the Moika Canal on the Neva River.>
More likely he's related to the chief suspect in Rasputin's murder.
|Oct-17-05|| ||Eric Schiller: <opendefense> It's just the beard.|
|Oct-17-05|| ||Eric Schiller: <wmd> On a lighter note, the Romanovskys, evidently alive and well, have contributed to the famous scam-baiting site Scamorama the following gem:
Scamorama is a site dedicated to causing humorous problems for some very stupid fraudsters. The scammers are confronted by everyone from Sam Spade to Fred Flinstone, and the Romanovs are just one of the contributors. Yusupov, as far as I know, is not. But who knows, since everyone there posts using handles from well-known fiction?
|Oct-28-05|| ||acirce: From the introduction to Yusupov's chapter "Analysing Your Own Games" in Dvoretsky/Yusupov: "Training for the Tournament Player":|
<Why do I wish to highlight this topic in particular? Well, it is quite possible that my own development as a chessplayer has been successful precisely because I have devoted a great deal of time to the analysis of my games. I consider that analysis of one's own games is the main method by which a chessplayer can improve, and I am convinced that it is impossible for a player to improve without having a critical understanding of his own games. Of course, this does not mean that one need not concern oneself with other aspects of chess training. It is necessary to study the opening, the endgame and the middlegame; it is extremely useful to study the games of strong players, etc. But by taking our own games as examples we can generally learn rather more.
Our own games are nearer to us than any others. We played them, and we solved the problems which were put in our way. In analysis it is possible to examine and to define more precisely the assessments by which we were guided during the course of the game, and we can establish where we went wrong, where we played inaccurately. Sometimes our opponent punishes us for the mistakes we make, but often they remain unnoticed and may only be brought to light by analysis.
So, what do I consider are the important points to pay attention to when you analyse your own games? Above all, you need to find the turning-points - to establish where mistakes were made, where the assessment of the position changed, or where an opportunity to change the situation on the board abruptly was not exploited. The ability to find the critical moments of a game during analysis is itself exceptionally important, since this will also help you to track down such moments during actual play. This is perhaps the most difficult aspect of chess - recognising the critical turning-point in a game, the point when it is necessary to think really hard and to solve the problem; when the outcome of the whole game depends on one single move.
I have to say that even many top-class players have not possessed this ability in full measure. I once discussed Fischer's games, which we all without exception value very highly, with former World Champion Boris Spassky. Spassky said that he could see in Fischer only one slight weakness - he did not always sense the critical turning-point in a game. Of course, this was only a relative weakness, judged in comparison with the extremely high general standard of his play, but in Spassky's opinion it did sometimes serve as a hindrance. One can only get rid of such a weakness by studying one's own games critically.
The second point to which you should pay attention when analysing your games is the search for the reasons for your mistakes. By revealing your mistakes you will gradually come to realise what they might be associated with, and you will see the deficiencies in your game. Of course, it is easier if you have a trainer who can help you. But you will feel the benefit only when you yourself begin to ense the reasons for your mistakes acutely and lo longer wish to put up with them. An objective awareness of one's own weaknesses is a necessary first step in the serious business of correcting them.> (continued)
|Oct-28-05|| ||acirce: ..
<The third aspect that I wish to mention is that it is very important to look for new possibilities, moves which in the course of the game you paid no attention to because you were fascinated by other ideas. After analysis you begin to get a better feeling for the type of position being studied, you master the strategic and tactical methods which are typical of such positions. And the conclusions that you arrive at independently imprint themselves on your memory much more permanently than those obtained from other sources.
A final point. When analysing a game you have played, you need to give considerable thought to the opening phase, to try to improve on your play, especially if you were not entirely satisfied with the outcome of the opening. By adopting a critical approach to the problems that you faced in the opening it is possible to improve your knowledge, to outline new plans and to think up important novelties.>
|Oct-29-05|| ||suenteus po 147: <acirce> Fascinating reading! Thanks for posting the excerpt! It almost makes me wish I still competed in tournaments....|
|Dec-31-05|| ||babakova: I was surprised to see Jussupow born in 1960.. He looks alot older, the chessmaster-look going and all.|
|Jan-14-06|| ||ray keene: looks like zillions of games by yusupov just went up!! a highly valuable resource|
|Feb-13-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Artur Yusupov|
|Feb-13-06|| ||AlChess: Happy birthday to one of the worlds greatest players. Thanks for the great games you've played and for the great ones yet to come.|
|Feb-13-06|| ||dakgootje: Lets give him a picture for his birthday ;-)|
|Feb-14-06|| ||Daodejing: Happy birthday Artur!
Yusupov watching with his wife their daughter (14 years old, Elo about 1950)playing in a simul against Peter Svidler (960 chess).
|Feb-25-06|| ||Badmojo: Artur could stand to lose a few pounds, don't you think?|
|Apr-29-06|| ||Ron: At the The Right Move website, Yusupov lists these as his favorite chess books:|
1. my system/Nimzowitsch
2. candidates tournament Zurich 1953/Bronstein
3. Nottingham 1936/Aljechin
4. the 300 best games/Aljechin
5. 100 best games/Keres
6. my 60 memorable games/Fischer
7. the 300 best games/Smyslow
8. the best games/Botwinnik - 3 volumes
9. the best games of Capablanca/Panov
10. the central play/Euwe and Kramer
|Sep-06-06|| ||Poisonpawns: I was looking at the 1986 canidates match between Yusupov and A.Sokolov I noticed with 4 games to play in the match.Yusupov was up 3-1 with 6 draws.Then yusupov lost 3 in a row and drew the last game.losing the match 7.5-6.5.Is there anyone that knows what happened to Yusupov in this match?I mean what was the explanation at that time?Fatigue?sickness?|
|Oct-23-06|| ||sitzkrieg: I believe i read that his trainer (Dvoretski)has said something about it. It were not external circumstances, i believe there was no particular reason. Ill try to find the book and report.|
|Feb-13-07|| ||ianD: Happy Birthday!|
|Apr-14-07|| ||sitzkrieg: PP, i still havent found it...|
|Feb-13-08|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Yusupov!|
|Feb-13-08|| ||whiteshark: Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, GM Jussupow!|
|Feb-13-08|| ||eternaloptimist: Yusupov will go down as one of the all time greats w/o a doubt. Unfortunately for him a guy named Karpov got in his way of getting a crack @ the world championship. Yusupov's limited opening repetoire was one of the main reasons he had trouble w/ him (making it easy for Karpov to prepare for him). Karpov dominated him w/ 12 wins, 15 draws & only 1 loss. Also, a couple of guys named Andrei Sokolov & Timman spoiled things for him in the candidates trnt..|
|Feb-13-08|| ||technical draw: Hey, GM Yusupov shares his birthday with my brother, Cool.|
|Feb-14-08|| ||Open Defence: you can credit him with bringing back the Petroff to top level chess :)|
|Feb-14-08|| ||Jim Bartle: Ha! A lot of kibitzers here would probably not say "credit," but "blame."|
|Feb-14-08|| ||Red October: < Jim Bartle: Ha! A lot of kibitzers here would probably not say "credit," but "blame." > true dat|
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