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|Mar-21-07|| ||Mac3: If readers are looking for an autobiography of NZ's greatest chess player it can be obtained at the following link.|
"Special moments recaptured in this book include games with Fischer, Spassky, Kasparov and Korchnoi."
While Sarapu is no longer with us his legend lives on through the pages of this book.
|Mar-21-07|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: This is great, honouring Sarapu as player of the day. I knew him from when I was just a kid of about 11. He was a good guy, would talk to any chessplayer and had a good sense of humour. I don't know if his wife Barbara is still alive; she was very nice too, and I think a German.|
We were good friends, but <Richard> has provided information I wasn't aware of. Sarapu and I had a little ongoing dispute about smoking, but he eventually gave that up and was glad he did.
A lot of our games were short draws, with only three decisive games. It was a privilege to have scored +2-1, but he was in his late 50s when I first played in the NZ champs. He won his last NZ champs in a very strong field when he was a few days short of his 66th birthday.
He must have been a powerhouse when he was in his prime, as shown by some notable scalps. Coming to NZ markedly strengthened chess in that country, but probably weakened his own game.
He and I also became allies when both of us were excluded from the 1990 Olympiad team for chess-political reasons, although he had just co-won his 20th title, and I was undefeated to finish 5th, while people who finished far behind us were selected.
<WMD> It was a source of great amusement for Ort after he won the Australian Champs that the Aussie papers talked about the Maori, Sarapu LOL.
|Mar-21-07|| ||Mac3: Jonathan Sarfati: Sarapu and I had a little ongoing dispute about smoking, but he eventually gave that up and was glad he did. |
Wasn't it you who sprayed some perfume at Ortvin when he lit up a smoke at the board?
My recollection was that he was a little put out although perhaps my memory is a little "hazy" and I am thinking of the cigarette!?
Did your "Brut"ish tactics "incence" him? I suspect that the game "fizzled" into a draw, and no real "sparks" flew between you.
Perhaps you should upload the game and Chessgames could feature it as game of the day? "Fire at the board" could be an apt title ;-)
Best Regards, Andrew
|Mar-21-07|| ||Benzol: Weren't Ortvin and Lev Aptekar trying to set up a chess school at some stage during the 1970's? As I understand it Aptekar was a top coach in the Soviet Union but it's typical of the NZ education authorities that they didn't know what they had on their hands. Aptekar eventually got tired of knocking his head against a wall of apathy.|
|Mar-22-07|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: <Mac3>, that seems right, and Ort hopped away very quickly. The game might have been the 1985-6 champs in Christchurch, and I dunno why this isn't here already. |
BTW, do I know you, Andrew?
|Mar-22-07|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol><Jonathan> <Les autres> That could be true - re Aptekar I saw him a few times - he wrote the excellent book "Wisdom in Chess" " which even now I use sometimes as a pre tournament device to loosen up or sharpen my tactics etc.|
I cant remember openings very well so I concentrate on a few good opening ideas or systems ideas and tactics!
I remember the long controversey about smoking at Chess events - I have never smoked - and it didn't worry me as both my parents smoked quite heavily - I suppose I would be concerned nowadays as my father L S Taylor died of lung cancer (BTW he had quite a lot to do with organising Junior Chess (about 1964 or so) and setting up ACC (about 1967) or so). My mother also smoked and she eventually died of a stroke - both conditions are not helped by smoking.
Two other players who were very strong - apart from Jonathan! (although he is still with us!) - were Rodney Phillips and Roger Court - but there werer others -maybe no one as consistently strong though - it is poss. Sarapu might have become a GM had he stayed in Europe. But he preferred the climate here. Political and other - we also had great social security system intoduced by Savage etc.
|Mar-23-07|| ||Mac3: Hi Jonathan,
The answer to your question is yes, I should have added in my surname McIntosh.
It's good to touch base with you again after a number of years.
Kind Regards, Andrew
|Mar-23-07|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: Hey cool, Andy, now I know; nice to hear from you again.|
|Jun-13-07|| ||Benzol: <Jonathan> <Mac3> Can either of you tell me where the 1985 South Island Championship was played? I believe you played (each other) in that event.|
Thanks in advance.
|Jun-16-07|| ||Richard Taylor: My sister married a McIntosh and there was a McIntosh who was the Auckland Champion a long time ago That was Ian - my sister's husband's uncle! Ian played at Howick-Pak when I was there in the 70s to the late 80s and I had some tough games with him even though he was quite old then. He also donated the chess tables/baords that are still at ACC - he ran a laminated timber beam making company. <Benzol>s father (Engineer) will know all about them - they are very strong. |
But all this probably has nothing to do with <Mac3> lol
|Jun-21-07|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: <Benzol>, I think we had a draw in R1 in that SI, which was in NZ. I managed to win that one, with some fair wins over T van Dijk in an endgame and Denis Boyce in the middlegame, but some nasty moments against Anthony J Love and Robert Wansink (scored 1.5 from two probably lost games). Earlier that year I won the NI, which was much more convincing, e.g. O Sarapu vs J Sarfati, 1985|
|Jun-21-07|| ||Benzol: <Jonathan> Where in the South Island was the event held. I have some of the games from an old NZ Chess Magazine from 1985 but it doesn't say where the event was played. You won the event and of your games there are the gamescores against the following : Andrew McIntosh, Tom van Dijk, Benjamin Martin, Anthony Love and Robert Wansink.|
|Jun-21-07|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: <Benzol>, I am pretty sure that it was in Dunedin. I don't think I have that issue of the mag. Would you please send those games since I lost a lot of records when I moved to Australia. I recall that my win against Denis Boyce was published in the Evening Post chess column.|
|Jun-21-07|| ||Benzol: <Jonathan> Thanks. I'll upload the games as soon as I can.|
|Aug-20-08|| ||OneArmedScissor: The Biography needs a revision. It's got some pretty obvious grammatical errors in it.|
|Aug-20-08|| ||wolfmaster: Handsome devil, isn't he?
|Mar-21-10|| ||Richard Taylor: <wolfmaster: Handsome devil, isn't he?|
He was quite old then. Look at yourself in the mirror when your his age...
|Mar-21-10|| ||Mac3: Great to see "Mr Chess" otherwise known as Ought-to-win Sarapu honoured here today.|
|Aug-12-13|| ||jerseybob: Didn't Sarapu beat Walter Browne - by tiebreak - in a short playoff match for an Interzonal spot?|
|Nov-11-14|| ||ljfyffe: Sarapu won the New Zealand correspondence
chess championship in 1968, and again in 1969,
the dates signifying when the tournaments started.
|Nov-11-14|| ||ljfyffe: Also, in 1965.|
|Jan-22-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Ortvin Sarapu.|
|Jan-22-16|| ||Benzol: Ortvin was quite proud of this game H Rossetto vs O Sarapu, 1972 and featured it in his regular chess column in the Auckland Star newspaper in 1972.|
|Jan-28-16|| ||Richard Taylor: Sarapu's birthday the other day! Well he is no longer with us as they say. Old Ort. He was a prodigy but his chess was interrupted by WWII. He knew Keres of course. He played some great games, and was a likable man.|
|Jul-30-18|| ||offramp: He has one of my favourite chess names.
I really like that picture of him up the top there↑. He looks avuncular, and I mean that in a good way.
He has a superb chess set. And he is <FULLY> prepared for an underpromotion to rook.
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