|May-23-04|| ||WMD: Dorfman in the Toils by Bernard Cafferty (BCM, October, 1993):|
Iosif Dorfman was the principal target of a very long accusatory article 'Chess in the Toils of Spying' which appeared in issue 28 of the Russian popular weekly Ogonyok. The allegation was strongly made by a former KGB employee from Azerbaidjan and by an associate of Kasparov that considerable leakage of information had taken place in the various matches between Kasparov and Karpov.
Dorfman, the article claims, had been approached in 1984 by an intermediary who had spun the yarn that he had contacts with a betting ring which could make big money if it knew such things as choice of openings, which sealed move had been made... At one stage the Ukrainian GM was promised a flat in Moscow within two days (a great prize, hardly attainable so quickly by senior figures) as well as a huge sum in roubles and foreign currency. Dorfman's rebuttal in the September issue of Europe Echecs does not contain a formal denial, merely a comment that no proof is given for the allegations. The Ukrainian, who now lives in Cannes, speculated that the article was to counter a comment he made that Etienne Bacrot played better at the age of ten than Kasparov did at 13.
It could also be a belated attempt at explaining why Kasparov had fallen 5-0 behind in the first match, or a riposte to Dorfman who might be suspected of feeding information to Fischer to support the American's project to write a book proving all the K-K matches had 'fixed' games. Dorfman was able to quote Clara Kasparov in the Ogonyok article to the effect that the second match was 'straight' as compared to the others. Asked about the article, Kasparov was quoted as confirming it as all correct. Karpov refused to comment other than that he would respond later.
|Dec-28-04|| ||Benzol: Iosif Davidovich Dorfman
Born 1st May 1952
Awarded the IM title in 1977 and GM title in 1978
He was joint USSR Champion in 1977.
|Jun-18-05|| ||vonKrolock: When i met Dorfman in 78, he was a young Soviet GM playing a strong Tournament in São Paulo, Brasil - for me it seemed that he was a very reserved person (or at least not so extroverted and approchable as his travel-mate Vassili V Smyslov, who also played there...) I still dont know which is the degree of parental relationship between him and the Dorfman family that lives in my city - i believe it's very near, they came also from Ukrania)|
a tempo: tomorrow a ceremony will be take place here in memoriam of Moisés Dorfman (1919-2004), a fine furniture designer and music lover - the uncovering of his gravestone - pray for his soul
|Aug-26-05|| ||WannaBe: Dorfman was Tim Conway?|
|Feb-04-06|| ||shor: which was covered on ICC by acz on the attacking part, and the game was won by dorfman i think.|
|Mar-22-06|| ||EmperorAtahualpa: He is said to know the entire Zurich 1953 tournament book by heart! If true, that's impressive..|
|May-01-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Josif D Dorfman|
DORFMAN, Josif D.
|May-01-09|| ||wordfunph: GM Josif Dorfman's victories over great names like Bronstein, Furman, Taimanov, Dvoretsky, Timoshchenko, Tukmakov, Savon, etc. makes him one of the top GMs of yesteryears..|
Happy Birthday GM Josif Dorfman!
|May-01-09|| ||whiteshark: Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josif_...|
|May-01-10|| ||wordfunph: "In chess, as in life, we are constantly subjected to tests. We are immersed in a world of struggle, which demands that we be constantly on the alert. We need to be able to carry out our ideas, to achieve recognition." GM Josif Dorfman|
Happy 57th Birthday GM Josif Dorfman!
|Aug-22-11|| ||whiteshark: What do you expect to achieve by playing boring GM draws, Josif?|
|Sep-30-11|| ||whiteshark: <Player of the Day>|
I can only reiterate what I have asked in the original question...
|Jul-16-13|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
" In chess, as in life, we are constantly subjected to tests. We are immersed in a world of struggle, which demands that we be constantly on the alert. We need to be able to carry out our ideas, to achieve recognition. "
-- Joseph Dorfman
|Sep-08-13|| ||GrahamClayton: Dorfman had an unusual performance in the 2010 French championship - +0, -0, =11, with his games being drawn in 21, 13, 30, 13, 12, 16, 30, 32, 43, 17 and 11 moves respectively. Did Dorfman give any explanation why he played so many short draws in the tournament?|
|Dec-06-13|| ||waustad: He has the first win for the men in this years Old Hands vs Snowdrops, haveing bested M. Muzychuk playing black in a Sicilian Najdorf.|
|Aug-23-14|| ||Fusilli: <GrahamClayton: ... Did Dorfman give any explanation why he played so many short draws in the tournament?>|
I don't know, but I guess he'd say: "Dude, I'm about 60, I get tired and I don't feel like fighting, and it seems the youngsters respect me and won't push me, so everyone's happy."
He's playing the ongoing French championship. +1 -1 =3 so far.
|May-14-16|| ||zydeco: Vladimir Tukmakov on Dorfman, from Profession Chessplayer: |
"Dorfman's style surprisingly reminded me of Leonid Stein: both of their styles were strategically pure and clear, and at the same time dynamic and concrete. Both were born in small Ukrainian towns, then moved to Lvov, and the army played a significant role in both of their lives. They both broke into big chess rather late, but very swiftly. But if Stein lacked prudence and healthy pragmatism, Dorfman had more than enough of those qualities. Leonid, by the end of his life, had mastered only a simple calculator to count tournament points, but Iosif had been using a computer since his youth to take into account tenths of rating points. I think it was this excessive pragmatism that prevented Dorfman from realizing his potential completely."
|Sep-25-17|| ||jinkinson: Bio here says "(born May-01-1952, 65 years old)" but later says he was born May 1, 1953. Which is it?|
|Sep-25-17|| ||Stonehenge: 1952, I have deleted 1953 from the bio. It's redundant anyway to write the DOB in the bio.|