|Jan-28-13|| ||Llawdogg: Keep going, oldtimer!|
|Aug-21-13|| ||YoungEd: I'm not sure I want to live to be 97--but if I do, I would sure love to play at Expert level (hell, I'd love that now)! Well done, Mr. Karklins!|
|Aug-21-13|| ||TheFocus: Talked to him once on the telephone.
Such a gentleman!
|Sep-13-13|| ||FSR: <TheFocus> Indeed he is. A very nice man.|
|Feb-20-15|| ||Oliveira: Father and son: http://www.uschess.org/content/view...|
|Mar-25-15|| ||FSR: Happy 100th birthday, Erik!|
|Mar-25-15|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: Happy 100th Birthday!|
|Mar-25-15|| ||Karposian: Wow, 100 years today. Congratulations!|
|Mar-25-15|| ||waustad: Bravo!|
|Mar-25-15|| ||swordfish: Talk about ageless! From what I understand, he has actually improved his game in the last 15 years. I still see him at tournaments occasionally (I only participate occasionally) around the Chicago area. Happy 100th birthday, and many happy returns!|
|Mar-25-15|| ||whiteshark: The emergence into the next century starts today...|
|Mar-25-15|| ||NM JRousselle: Daudz laimes dzimšanas dienā, Erik!|
|Mar-25-15|| ||hemy: Congratulations on this amazing milestone.
Happy 100th Birthday.
His chess skills significantly improved since 1942.
From Latvian newspaper Ventas Balss, (Ventspils Voice) Nr.23 (20.03.1942):
Ventspils trade unions chess tournament.
... 30 participants, including 11 in primary tournament... 9th, 10th, 11th vith 3 points divided Odiņš G., V.Amats and E. Kārkliņš (order by Berger system) ...
... E, Kārkliņš limping badly with the theory in early stage of the game ...
|Mar-25-15|| ||asianwarrior: I wosh i reach that ahe too, and still playing. Happy birthday.|
|Mar-25-15|| ||Fusilli: Happy birthday! Play on!|
|Mar-25-15|| ||eternaloptimist: Happy 100th birthday to Mr. Karklins! That's incredible that he's 100 & still playing in tourneys! Keep playing & enjoying this great game of ours! I saw his son FM Andrew @ a tourney in Denver (link to tourney results on my profile page).|
|Mar-25-15|| ||Skakalec: What to say?! Congratulations and wish I could do the same :-)|
|Mar-25-15|| ||NBAFan: Happy 100th Birthday Mr Karklins! Best wishes for the new century!|
|Mar-25-15|| ||gars: Happy Birthday, Mr. Karklins! An keep going! You are a very good example for all of us! And I solemnly suggest March 25 to be called Erik Karlins' Day forever.|
|Mar-26-15|| ||Petrosianic: I trust that as soon as he plays some games as a centenarian, they'll make it into the database. The last ones here are five years old, and the bio says he's played more recently than that.|
|Nov-13-17|| ||tjipa: Oh, I just learned this legendary man has passed away 7 months ago. Here is a nice obituary: http://www.il-chess.org/history/114...|
|Nov-13-17|| ||MissScarlett: <In his youth, he played in a simultaneous exhibition given by Emanuel Lasker, which prior to his death made him one of the very few living people to have played Lasker.>|
<In 1928 or 1930 Erik played in a 40 to 50 board simultaneous exhibition given by Emanuel Lasker in Riga. After 80 years, Erik is uncertain as to the date and as to the number of games, but he recalls the experience itself. “Lasker was about 60 years of age. He looked older, and rather worn out. After I lost he gave me an angry look, apparently because he thought I was making too much noise putting my pieces into their box.”>
Whyld (1998) has no record of such a simul; in 1928, Lasker, who was in semi-retirement, played just three simuls in America, and in 1930 he played no recorded chess at all. One can't, of course, rule out the possibility that Whyld's information is incomplete, but the obvious alternative is a 20-board simul (+8 -4 =8) Lasker gave in November 1932 in Riga. Could that be confused for a 40-50 board affair, or may there have been another simul on the same visit? Lasker's next recorded appearance in Riga wasn't until 1937, so I think that can be ruled out.
|Nov-13-17|| ||posoo: now WHAT - WAT!? on earh is dis man DRINKING? ? LOOK at dat CUP!|
|Nov-14-17|| ||offramp: <posoo: now WHAT - WAT!? on earh is dis man DRINKING? ? LOOK at dat CUP!>|
He was Latvian so that was tea. Tea-drinkers live much longer than coffee-drinkers.
This man's wonderful longevity reminds me of this Ribli's Believe-It-Or-Not story:
<The Chess-playing Duc de Fénantes.>
He was born in Nantes gaol in 1692 while his parents were imprisoned for debt. He was taught chess by a jailer and took part in the Nantes prison chess tournament of 1699. He thus became Nantes prison chess champion at the age of 7!
His mother and father both died in 1720 and the Duc was apprenticed to the prison carpenter. That carpenter died in 1755 but his business left many debts with local timber-merchants! As owner of the business the Duc was sentenced to work off that debt.
Despite failing eyesight he played in every Nantes prison championship. He won his last one in 1802.
He died in the cell he was born in at the age of 111, having spent the entirety of his life, over three separate centuries, in gaol!
He had been Nantes Prison Chess Champion for 103 consecutive years.
<Believe it or not>!