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|Jan-26-12|| ||Penguincw: Same quote as Mar-31-11.|
|Mar-11-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday Joel Benjamin!|
|Mar-27-12|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "Topalov plays without fear; he is ready to go full-steam ahead." >
--- Joel Benjamin
|Sep-24-12|| ||hedgeh0g: <Interestingly, I've never heard of 'Fed, Benjamin or DeFirmian making any public comments about Kasparov's allegations of "cheating" by IBM, or the controvery of these computer logs being made available. Maybe all three had to sign some sort of agreement with IBM permanently barring public comment about the project.>|
Benjamin mentioned once how he never forgave Kasparov for the way he behaved during that match.
|Mar-11-13|| ||ketchuplover: Happy Birthday Joel|
|Nov-03-13|| ||Swedenborg: Has Grandmaster Joel Benjamin ever have written "instructional" books based on chess, particularly analysis? Preferably, his own games?|
|Nov-04-13|| ||Strongest Force: I am sure he has. Eric Schiller would know. Ask him on his page|
|Dec-31-13|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "A few months after all the work I did on the Deep Blue project, at the US Championship, I thought 'miserable Earthlings, you have no chance against me!'" >
When he mentions "me", I assume he's talking about Deep Blue (Computer).
|Mar-11-14|| ||LivBlockade: Happy 50th to the Player of the Day!|
|Mar-11-14|| ||HeMateMe: happy Birthday, Joel B. I have your excellent book American Grandmaster. Lots of good stories.|
Do you still have old copies of your mail order magazine Chess Chow?
Only Kasparov could get emotional about losing to a software program. You and the other members of the Feng Hsu team are to be commended for not speaking out about his poor behavior. Such a bratty kid, at times, and with his mother Clara in attendance!
|Mar-11-14|| ||belgradegambit: Back in 1980 I was at a tournament in New Yorkwhere I was playing in a lower section but my opponents were very strong recent immigrants from Russia. (I drew a game with a very young Maxim Dlugy). In another round I was playing an older Russian when Joel Benjamin came over and started studying the position. He even came back a few times. I was up a whole rook but unfortutunately my opponent had 4 pawns as compensation. Afterwards he asked me about the outcome and when I said it was a draw he told me it would have been very difficult to win such a position. We graduated the same high school (James Madison in Brooklyn) although many years apart.|
|Mar-11-14|| ||Castleinthesky: Happy Birthday! I had the honor of being beaten by Joel Benjamin in a simul at the Brighton Beach Chess Club (in Brooklyn-long since defunct) when I was 13 and Benjamin was 15. I am glad he has had such a successful career in chess.|
|Mar-11-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: <rapidcitychess: <A few months after all the work I did on the Deep Blue project, at the US Championship, I thought "miserable Earthlings, you have no chance against me!">|
--- Joel Benjamin
Don't the aliens usually end up losing?>
Only in the movies. Just ask any new world native tribe; that is, you can ask them if they are still around to hear it.
|Mar-11-14|| ||Howard: The first time that Joel Benjamin got his picture in Chess Life was back in 1975, when it was called Chess Life and Review (The name changed in 1980 I believe.). He was 11 at the time, and there was a nice shot of him at the 1975 U.S. Open, in Lincoln, NE. |
Two years later.....he got his picture on the front cover (no less !) of CL & R (October, 1977) when he became a master at 13, beating Fischer's record by a couple of months. Great-looking photo, as I recall.
And now, the "kid" is 50 today ! How the years go by.
|Mar-11-14|| ||Petrosianic: It went BACK to being Chess Life in January 1980. When they bought Chess Review, the magazine had the combined titled for about 12 years. But when Burt Hochberg retired as editor, his successor (Fairfield W. Hoban?) decided to go back to the old title. |
I guess he figured that it was long enough since Chess Review had existed as an independent publication that not many would remember it.
As I recall, it was a shame, because we had a dopey kid's joke to the effect that CL&R stood for "Cash Ledger & Register", that was totally ruined when the title changed.
|Mar-11-14|| ||norami: I remember well him breaking Fischer's "youngest master" record and being hyped as "the next Fischer". He was the first in a long line of American kids who broke that record, were hyped as the next Fischer, and never came close.|
|Mar-11-14|| ||Penguincw: Happy 50th birthday to GM Joel Benjamin.|
|Mar-11-14|| ||HeMateMe: When He won the USA championship around the age of 18 or 19 I remember the New York Post ran a story about him with a headline that read something like:|
"Another Bobby Fischer From Brooklyn!"
chess players knew that at age 18 or 19 it was already too late for Benjamin to become the next Fischer, but it was a nice story and chunk of recognition.
|Mar-13-14|| ||Howard: Joel first won the title of U.S. champion in 1987, when he tied for first with Nick Defirmian. He was 23 at the time.|
|Mar-13-14|| ||perfidious: First time I ever laid eyes on Joel was at the 1976 US Junior in Storrs, Conn. He was then ~2050.|
A few other recollections from that event:
J Donaldson vs R Sulman, 2001
<Late in the tourney, Eric Moskow (who was built like a light tank) et al lifted a vehicle from the road to one of the greens, and one of the university suits gave us all a stern lecture before the last round that Friday morning.>
Joel and I next met-at the board this time-in the third round of the 1986 Massachusetts Open. Nimzo-Indian and he outplayed me efficiently in the middlegame, same as our last meeting at Saratoga 1993.
|Mar-14-14|| ||technical draw: I met him at a chess club I believe it was in San Diego. I can't remember the year but he had hair then.|
|Mar-14-14|| ||technical draw: Or maybe it was Nick de Firmian?|
|Mar-18-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: <norami: I remember well him breaking Fischer's "youngest master" record and being hyped as "the next Fischer". He was the first in a long line of American kids who broke that record, were hyped as the next Fischer, and never came close.>|
I can count on one partially amputated hand the number of young masters who came close to being the next Fischer.
They are Karpov, Kasparov, and Carlsen.
None of them are American kids, clearly.
|Mar-19-14|| ||norami: <thegoodanarchist> Nakamura held that record for awhile and at least he became a top 10 player. Most of the others quit chess.|
|Mar-19-14|| ||RookFile: I think that what the goodanarchist just wrote is correct.|
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