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|Feb-08-13|| ||Wyatt Gwyon: I didn't realize he wrote non-chess stuff until I saw his byline today on a Post article linked from Drudge. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/intern...|
|Mar-11-14|| ||jerseybob: Wyatt Gwyon: Andy Soltis has worked for the N.Y. Post for over 40 years, his wife Marcy nearly that long, and chess writing has been only a small part of his excellent output. But sadly, I read in Phil Mushnick's column of Sunday 3/9/14 that the two are are hanging it up after a total of 84 years and nine months at the Post. I pray he'll at least continue the chess column.|
|Mar-12-14|| ||perfidious: Nice touch from Mushnick at the end of that day's column: |
<Couple of quitters.>
|Mar-12-14|| ||capafischer1: I find some of his books helpful. What I can't stand is when he only gives game fragments rather than showing the whole game. I like to see how they got to that position even if it has no notes.|
|Mar-12-14|| ||perfidious: It is possible that Soltis gave portions of those games due to restrictions placed on the length of the book by his publisher.|
|May-30-14|| ||chancho: Andrew Soltis.
|Nov-23-14|| ||Domdaniel: Andrew Soltis = Win Loss Trade = Drawn Loss Tie.|
|Nov-23-14|| ||tranquilsimplicity: <Domdaniel> You possess one of the most interesting profiles; jocular, intelligent, enlightening and eccentric. Just my style though I've recently turned very quiet. And therefore mine falls under the "Peregrine Ng" category. He..he..he..#|
|Nov-25-14|| ||Domdaniel: <tranquilsimplicity> Thanks. Drop by my forum anytime - though I confess I've also become less active.|
|Nov-25-14|| ||HeMateMe: Phil Mushnick is an untalented idiot. His beat for many years at the Post was specifically to report on sports as it is covered on television. For example, it the commentating is horrible, or if certain cities have bad camera set ups, or the sound quality is bad at certain arenas he would write a column on these topics---completely boring drivel. I rarely read his column.|
There was a time when the Post and the Daily News were each 25 cents, so you bought one or both of them every day, just to get the street news--find out who got bludgeoned to death, rumors or facts on politician graft, police brutality, public nudity, stuff like that. Give it a five minute skim, then throw it in the garbage. It covered things that the Times didn't, so it was worth a quick look. Since the cost of the paper went up to $1 daily, I stopped buying the Post. I'm surprised Mushnick still has a job there.
|Nov-25-14|| ||Jim Bartle: I disagree, <hmm>. He's a very talented idiot. But an idiot nonetheless.|
|Nov-26-14|| ||HeMateMe: JB have you been reading the on line NY Post or News, over the years?|
|Nov-27-14|| ||Granny O Doul: I like Mushnick's column, though it does get repetitive. He used to sometimes get on announcers for insulting the intelligence of the viewers, and he'd give a quote from the announcer and then explain just why the statement was insulting to viewers' intelligence. BUT he doesn't do that anymore. |
At any rate, he is a whole lot better than his would-be imitator Bob Raissman in the Daily News, who once praised the "great" (sic) Warner Wolf (former ABC then CBS local sports news guy), and credited him for not spoiling results of tape-delayed broadcast games. When in fact, not only DID Wolf regularly spoil, he even held up cardboard signs with late scores at the end of the broadcast, to the consternation of all who thought themselves safe for having turned the sound off.
|Nov-27-14|| ||Jim Bartle: <hmm> I've read Mushnick a lot over the years, for entertainment. And I used to read Peter Vecsey on the NBA all the time. He was arrogant and sometimes offensive, but he knew his stuff.|
|Nov-27-14|| ||HeMateMe: I remember watching Warner Wolf maybe 20 years ago. I assume he's long retired. He's a local guy--why would you be familiar with the local news personalities in NYC? He had a following here, but I think top ratings went to nbc every single year, who had Marv Albert doing both the 5pm and 11:00 news here for many years, as well as announcing every possible game, from here to Madagascar. Give Marv some credit. Not many men would recover from having to explain red panties and sodomy in a Virginia court of law, and regain their place at the top of network newscasters.|
When Marv left local news here he was replaced by Len Berman, who I think had worked as a high school intern for Albert, going way back. Berman gets some international exposure because he has always been part of the NBC team when they cover the Olympics.
I always liked Peter Vesey's columns. He might be a bit too opinionated for some, but his stuff is usually not dull. He worked out less well as a tv commentator. Just not a camera-viable friendly looking guy.
If you're familiar with Peter Vesey then surely you're familiar with Dick Young and his sports column "Young Ideas." His was a sort of Larry King type column, all over the place, a little bit racist in spots (I think he was one of the old guard that resented the new dominance of African Americans in sports). One supposed letter from a fan read: Q: "How can we stop dunking in the NBA?" [Young thought dunking should have been banned.]
A: "glue broken glass on edges of the rim!"
|Nov-27-14|| ||Granny O Doul: After Young's death, the Village Voice ran a series of "Dick Young from Hell" columns titled "Terminally Young Ideas". Unfortunately I missed most of them because the Voice wasn't free then. |
Jerry Girard on WPIX-11 was the local guy who actually did give viewers a chance to look away before seeing scores of to-be-aired-later games, in very marked contrast to Wolf.
|May-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <Failing to open the center at the right moment - a common error by White in the Exchange Lopez - can allow Black an excellent game> - Andy Soltis.|
|May-21-15|| ||zanzibar: Some editor beat me to it... his FIDE card must have just been added.|
|May-22-15|| ||TheFocus: <I don’t know when I was hooked, or why for that matter. Maybe it was for the reason Botvinnik gave: Some people like to think and chess is the best way to satisfy the urge> - GM Andy Soltis.|
|May-22-15|| ||zanzibar: What's wrong with quantum gravity?|
|May-26-15|| ||TheFocus: <Too often amateurs get the impression that grandmasters are calculating wizards who constantly think 10 and 15 moves ahead. Actually, there are few times in a game where you have to look more than 4 moves ahead> - Andy Soltis.|
|Jun-02-15|| ||TheFocus: <Masters…know when to panic> - Andy Soltis.|
|Feb-02-18|| ||Howard: The latest issue of CL has an interview with Soltis on the very last page, and in it he alludes to a game he played at a NY Open in which he resigned...in a won position!|
Any idea what game that was ?
|Feb-02-18|| ||Olavi: <Howard> Have a look here. Soltis' game isn't featured.|
|Nov-19-18|| ||MissScarlett: Soltis and McFarland are threatening to release the book <Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi|
A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games>.
Multibiography? God, that's horrible!
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