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|Oct-10-13|| ||offramp: Sam was probably fighting someone else at the time.|
|Oct-11-13|| ||Benzol: His opinion of the 9th World Champion can be seen here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/...|
There is the old saying "Man who go too quickly may step in bear trap".
|Oct-11-13|| ||offramp: It is very true that one only has one chance to make a first impression.|
|Oct-11-13|| ||Benzol: I understand he made some comments about a French team too but I've never seen those. Can't say that my first impression of him was very impressive.|
Short vs P Morten, 2005
|Oct-11-13|| ||RedShield: Do we have details - I'll pass on the photos - of Miles's streaking in China?|
|Oct-11-13|| ||perfidious: <Paul>: Things went rather differently in my case, as a friend and I met Nigel at the New York leg of the Grand Prix in June 1994.|
Don't recall particulars of the conversation, but Nigel had his young son with him and we adults had a pleasant chat.
That was a high-powered lot that day-Korchnoi was floating about, along with semi-finalists Kasparov, Nikolic, Kramnik and Ivanchuk. There were other strong GMs there as well (and more to come when I drove to Philadelphia next day for the end phase of the World Open).
|Oct-31-13|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "I thought I would be playing the world champion, not a monster with a thousand eyes who sees everything." >
-Tony Miles [on Kasparov]
|Dec-01-13|| ||Karpova: <Why, at the 1985 Interzonal in Tunisia, recognizing a poor chess players down on his luck he offered to give me almost £600. ‘For what?’ you sceptics are asking. For nothing. For doing, and more specifically saying, absolutely nothing.>|
Source: Anthony Miles, 'Generous to a Fault', Kingpin 15, Summer 1989; online http://www.kingpinchess.net/2011/11...
|Jan-18-14|| ||RedShield: <Who was the offending American 'reporter' that Miles punched to the ground, as mentioned in the obituary by Short? Not Sam Sloan, I hope.>|
Apparently, it was Sam Sloan. Good old Tone!
|Jan-18-14|| ||RedShield: <Miles' psychiatric problem was important if for no other reason that it seriously blighted his chess career. Why, for instance, was he originally selected and then deselected at the last moment for the Yerevan Olympiad in 1996? After removing all his clothes during a tournament in China, a few days prior to the team event - incidentally one of two occasions when Miles did that in the Orient - the selectors obviously doubted his sanity. Two doctors were required to be sent from the UK, at great expense, to bring him home safely and sedated. On the subject of breakdowns I might add that Miles was also arrested driving his car naked in Andorra and was infamously arrested in Downing Street whilst trying to inform Margaret Thatcher of an imagined murder plot hatched by Raymond Keene. This is merely the tip of the iceberg as far as his aberrant behaviour is concerned.|
If one wants proof of his jealousy one need look no further than It's Only Me. I am repeatedly referred to there either as "Gump" (the immensely stupid character portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie) or as Nosher, as in Nosher L. Git. ("git", according my Chambers dictionary, means either "fool" or "bastard"). His annotations to our game from the 1998 British Championship are a good example of his highly obnoxious and offensive style. Tony was also seen at one British Championship tearing down BCF posters with my image. He even was known to refer to me in conversation as Nigel @#$%.>
|Jan-18-14|| ||RedShield: <His annotations to our game from the 1998 British Championship are a good example of his highly obnoxious and offensive style.>|
This game - a rare win for Miles - is missing from our DB, but not for long. Anyone know where he annotated it?
|Jan-28-14|| ||MarkFinan: I don't know what's funnier.. Miles on his way to Downing St to inform Thatcher of a plot to kill her hatched by Ray Keene, Nigel Short looking up the word "git" in the dictionary, or Miles asking for AJ Goldsby everytime he stayed in a hotel, haha. I like this guy, lol 😄|
|Jan-28-14|| ||john barleycorn: Tony Miles would ask "Has this guy lost his marbles?"|
|Jan-28-14|| ||MarkFinan: To which I would reply, "Yesssssireee has!" LOL.
On topic and exceptionally funny
<LIFE Master AJ: <weary> It says in your profile, that you went to school with GM Anthony Miles.
I got to know Tony personally.
As you know, at one time, Miles "defected" to the USA, he even played in a few U.S. Champ. tournaments.
Anyway, during his stay in the U.S., he sometimes would play in a long string of chess tournaments ... just about every weekend.
I used to have a job as a salesman. (Several different times, selling different things ... like electronics, software, etc.) One night, I had a nice hotel room. (My boss paid for it.) I had a very good week selling, my reward was the big guy sprang for the whole hotel bill, basically I got to stay and play in a tournament that weekend. I was in a suite, and really enjoying myself.
Anyway, it was a Friday night. I had played in a blitz tournament, done well. (Like tied for third.) I had won a little money, so I went out to a nice restaurant and got something to eat. There was a knock at my door. One of the main organizers wanted to know - since the hotel was pretty much full - if I would share my room with someone. At first, I said "NO WAY!!!" (I was enjoying having the big suite all to myself.) Anyway, the TD/Organizer says:
#1.) Your room-mate would be GM Tony Miles, if you would accept him. He might even give you a few free lessons - if you ask nice.
#2.) You set all the rules, like no smoking and such. They promised that he would not be any trouble. (I told them if he really annoyed me, I was going to kick him out.)
#3.) The organizer would kick in a few bucks to make it worth my while. (They did. They gave me some money before GM Miles got there, and later, they gave me some more.) All told, I think I got close to $100.00 for letting a GM stay in my room ... a pretty sweet deal for ANY chess fan!
Eventually, I said yes. It turned out that Tony was actually a nice guy. He looked at all of my games and gave me LOTS of advice. Thereafter, if I was staying at a place, (for a chess tournament - natch); Tony would actually ask for me.
It was real obvious he wasn't happy, however. (I used to think that - if I had the GM title - this would make me supremely happy ... I have learned a lot since those very naïve days.) One night, he got pretty drunk. Then he started crying and told me how much he missed his wife and kid(s).
In the end, I felt sorry for him. Although he was a wonderful chess player, it was also obvious he was a long way from being truly happy. And after just a few years in the good ole USA, he would up returning to England.>>
|Jan-28-14|| ||john barleycorn: which year, which city, which hotel, which tournament?|
|Jan-28-14|| ||MarkFinan: You do realise that this is the reason we're the only "pair of weirdos" on his list of doom? Sarcastic people armed with difficult questions are Goldfingers worst nightmare, haha. I have so many questions I'd love to ask him! 😄|
|Jan-28-14|| ||john barleycorn: <Mark> you know evolution has not been fair to him. while man's brain size tripled during the process his one did not.|
|Jan-28-14|| ||john barleycorn: <Mark>wouldn't it be great to have a webpage and videos on Miles games by someone who knew Miles personally? to memorialize this original player?|
|Jan-28-14|| ||TheFocus: Maybe even post a couple of pictures taken while they tossed back a few brew at the bar in the hotel where they were playing?|
Maybe they sang karaoke together? Or played some darts?
|Jan-29-14|| ||Caissanist: There are always itinerant GMs out there who live out of a suitcase and are struggling financially. I would imagine that at least some of them would be happy to spend time talking chess with you or me or that fella behind the tree, in return for some meals and drinks and maybe a place to spend the night.|
|Jan-29-14|| ||john barleycorn: <Caissanist> here in western europe the siuation got worse since the borders got more permeable in the 90's.|
|Jan-29-14|| ||RedShield: That's right. Post-Fischer, from the mid 70s to the early 90s, Western GMs or even IMs could earn a decent living just from playing tournaments in Europe. Look at Ray Keene's schedule:|
<-i played a lot of events abroad in 1975 orense torremolinos mannheim dortmund zurich barcelona algarve alicante teesside hastings and maybe others too !>
Then came the fall of the Iron Curtain and a flood of East European players forcing down the cost of labour. A chess magazine of the time related the joke that the Communists were the biggest capitalists of all. At tournaments, they'd try and make extra money by hawking around chess clocks, sets, etc. that they'd hauled over from home.
|Feb-06-14|| ||MarkFinan: <Maybe they sang karaoke together? Or played some darts?>|
I can picture that karaoke now, haha.
'LIFE Master and servant' by the pet shop boys, loool 😃😃
|Mar-29-14|| ||suenteus po 147: I guess it's been visible in the notable collections for a while, but it's actually done, despite a note I had left derelict: Game Collection: Tony Miles: 'It's Only Me,' by Geoff Lawton|
|Sep-01-14|| ||The Last Straw: FID is recycling ID numbers. An 1869-rated guy called Andrew F Footner has his old FIDE ID number.|
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