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|Feb-11-18|| ||keypusher: Lasker and Korchnoi are an interesting contrast because Lasker would play in a few events in his 40s, then come back in his 50s, then his 60s (all at a high level) while Korchnoi played continuously into very old age. Korchnoi had an unusual aging pattern, not being bona fide top 10 until he was in his 30s, but then staying right at the top for a long time, with a firm grip on #2 until Kasparov showed up (by which time Viktor was in his 50s). Lasker, by contrast, was the first spectacularly great young player since Morphy (people forget that) and was at or near the top for the next 35 years, into his mid-50s, at least when he was playing.|
I think both of them benefited from a relatively fallow period when they were old (Lasker in the 20s, Korchnoi in the 70s).
|Feb-13-18|| ||Everett: <b-11-18 Caissanist: The hair question seems to get asked her every year or two. According to Nigel Short, Karpov was superstitious and would not wash his hair until suffering a defeat.>|
That sounds like a pretty clever joke, possible coming from Short.
|Feb-14-18|| ||thegoodanarchist: Kasparov seems to have aged well, considering he doesn't compete much anymore except in blitz. His results at St. Louis were quite respectable.|
|Feb-15-18|| ||alexmagnus: <He was still in the top 100 well into his 70s, nobody else has ever done that>|
Korchnoi last appeared in the top 100 at the age of 75. The closest in the Elo era was Najdorf, top 100 at 74.
|Feb-15-18|| ||Caissanist: I have heard variations of the hair-washing story from other sources as well. This page mentions a few: https://chess.stackexchange.com/que... .|
|Feb-16-18|| ||Olavi: Timman wrote a piece about superstition in chess in the 90's. According to him both Korchnoi and Kasparov regarded their great opponent as particularly superstitious, whereas Timman thought that Karpov was the supremely practical man.|
If memory serves, Korchnoi bought an exact copy of Karpov's rather special tie during the 1974 match, speculating on the fact that he wouldn't change it before he lost a game.
|Feb-16-18|| ||HeMateMe: why was karpov so skinny, to the point of appearing to have an eating disorder during the 70s, but now he has a middle aged guy belly? he needs to do some jogging or get on the nutra system diet.|
|Feb-16-18|| ||MissScarlett: Nowadays, such ritual behaviour would more likely be diagnosed as mildly autistic than termed superstitious. Even stamp collecting - Karpov's other great passion - is borderline suspect.|
|Feb-16-18|| ||Joshka: If you think chess players are overly superstitious, Major League Baseball Players I would think are the MOST!! Look into it, and you'd be amazed at their crazy antics!|
|May-23-18|| ||DonPepe: 67 yo today. Happy birthday!|
|May-23-18|| ||gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Karpov! Your games have been a constant source of joy for many of us!|
|May-23-18|| ||botvinnik64: Happy Birthday Anatoly Karpov!
A great chess champion - we are so lucky to have witnessed the battles...
|May-23-18|| ||TheTamale: Happy birthday to a true superstar of chess.
"Don't you remember, you told me you loved me, baby?
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby...?"
|May-23-18|| ||amitjoshi79: Happy birthday sir|
|May-23-18|| ||Howard: The local paper here in Toledo has a daily listing (except on Sunday)of celebrity birthdays. Karpov made the list today---great !|
|May-23-18|| ||offramp: Smyslov made a final assault on the World title in 1983/4 at the age of 63. If Petrosian had lived he could have done it as well. He had the right style.|
Karpov also has the right style but I think he has so much money now that the ambition has gone. He also has a huge legacy of great matches against a variety of strong opponents.
|May-23-18|| ||alexmagnus: <If Petrosian had lived he could have done it as well.>|
Fun fact: Petrosian is the only world champion who played in all world championship cycles (that is, Interzonal or higher) from his first qualification to one till his death.
Tal comes close second, he played in all world championship cycles from his first qualification till his death except one (1972).
|May-23-18|| ||Retireborn: Petrosian was extremely lucky to qualify in 1979, though. I recall Timman vividly describing his reaction to Ivkov's blunder in that game.|
|May-23-18|| ||tgyuid: I pkayed troiak gameski; den utros gam
|May-23-18|| ||tgyuid: id fon mak romulus|
|May-23-18|| ||tgyuid: yes, sir|
|May-23-18|| ||ColdSong: A true,tremendous chess genius.Happy birthday Mr Karpov.|
|May-23-18|| ||HeMateMe: the five battles with kasparov are the greatest matches creation of the 20th century.|
|May-23-18|| ||eternaloptimist: Happy Birthday to a legend & 1 of the best chess players ever, Anatoly Karpov! <HeMateMe> It's tough to argue w/ that!|
|May-26-18|| ||Howard: Petrosian was not only "extremely lucky" to qualify in 1979, but he was even more so in 1976 ! See his game with Hubner, which took place in the penultimate round.|
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