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Member since May-03-05 · Last seen Jul-18-18
Long-time fan, been going to tourneys since the early 1970s. Spectator at Lone Pine couple of times. Met Max Euwe at Paul Masson tournament in 1974, Petrosian, others at Lone Pine. Tal at Manhattan Chess Club Spoke with Judit Polgar when she was 11 and saw Reshevsky when he was a senior citizen still kicking ass.

   wrap99 has kibitzed 272 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-16-18 Max Weiss vs B Lasker, 1911 (replies)
wrap99: why is this a draw?
   Jul-03-18 Emanuel Lasker
wrap99: I first met Dennis in 1975. I would run into him repeatedly but he seemed to have no memory of me, perhaps because I was a youngster and changing in appearance. I ran into more than one chess player at poker, Walter Browne was someone I distinctly remember suggesting to that he ...
   Jun-28-18 Samuel D Factor
wrap99: Caissanist: I am not sure but probably it was in Hilbert's Whitaker bio there are some excerpts from Lasker's correspondence which not only show that Lasker and Whitaker were apparently friends but I think Factor is mentioned.
   Jun-26-18 Calvin Blocker (replies)
wrap99: This was a link within the article bismuth posted:
   Jun-26-18 Z Harari vs M Rodshtein, 2017
wrap99: Damn, he will be thinking about Bd5 for the rest of his life! Not too many people beat 2700 players; I am not sure I have ever seen one in person -- that used to be a rare rating indeed.
   Jun-26-18 Zaki Harari
wrap99: I met him in the late 1970s, he was a poker player and I think options trader. Ran into him again in San Francisco in the mid 1980s. Glad he is still around and doing well.
   Jun-25-18 William Mark Duckworth (replies)
wrap99: definitely nice guy. that was chess for me: leaving the terrible place i lived to interact with bright and interesting chess players.
   Jun-25-18 Maurice Schippers
wrap99: Not so good yet at bughouse.
   Jun-23-18 Perry Youngworth (replies)
wrap99: Here's a blast from the past: I would like to mention Caissanist said about dozens of strong teens of Perry's era who could have become GMs "easily" -- I think very few people become one easily and how many players who dedicated their lives to ...
   Jun-23-18 E Formanek vs D Fritzinger, 1976
wrap99: I think this is an interesting game. My interpretation is Black may have thought he had the initiative but could not attack on q-side and his attempts to win material on k-side ended up exposing his k.
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