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|Aug-30-11|| ||Pyke: <ProjectR: This is the guy who when playing in a simul against Kasparov for the US juniors,told him to "shush" as Kasparov was telling one of the other players off for offering a draw !! Kasparov apologised !!>|
No, Stuart Rachels told Kasparov to be quiet.
Wolff played in the simul and was the only one to win against Kasparov.
|Aug-30-11|| ||BobCrisp: <Shush> seems to be a universally recognised sound that commands almost automatic respect. I read an article by <Peggy Noonan> in which she said that whenever she had to make a public address at political rallies, the usual exhortations for quiet often had little effect but <SHHHHHH!> was a sure fire way to command attention.|
|Aug-30-11|| ||ProjectR: <pyke> Yes,you are indeed correct. My mistake|
|Sep-09-11|| ||ProjectR: Is this the guy who wore that ridiculous hat in 'An american gambit' ??
Brilliant documentary by the way,never realised Kasparovs prep went so deep in what essentially is a "documented simul" !|
|Sep-09-11|| ||perfidious: <Pyke: ...Stuart Rachels told Kasparov to be quiet.>|
At the 1984 NY Open, Wolff, with whom I was then well acquainted, introduced me to Rachels, who struck me as a decent kid, not at all the arrogant prodigy type.
The way <ProjectR> narrates it, though in error, would have struck me as the more plausible.
|Feb-05-12|| ||Penguincw: < One of Patrick's proudest moments was when he participated in a simultaneous exhibition in 1988 and, with the black pieces, forced world champion Garry Kasparov to resign in a mere 25 moves. >|
|Feb-05-12|| ||Isolani: It seems that he had difficulty when facing the Najdorf as white (using this database only) - 0 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses.|
|Feb-05-12|| ||drkodos: ^ This is a ridiculously spartan database in some areas ... make generalizations at your own peril .... :-)|
|Feb-05-12|| ||King Death: < drkodos: ^ This is a ridiculously spartan database in some areas ... make generalizations at your own peril ....>|
And one of those areas is any player from the pre computer period that isn't at the very highest level. If I remember right Wolff used to play a lot of open Swisses so there'll be a lot of games missing from those.
|Feb-05-12|| ||Isolani: << drkodos: ^ This is a ridiculously spartan database in some areas ... make generalizations at your own peril ....>
And one of those areas is any player from the pre computer period that isn't at the very highest level. If I remember right Wolff used to play a lot of open Swisses so there'll be a lot of games missing from those.>|
I was already well aware that the database does not encompass every played game during his lifetime, but thanks for pointing that out anyway. Nevertheless there may be enough games included to conduct a non-scientific litmus test.
I just made an off-hand observation that this GM who almost exclusively played 1.e4, not to mention was also partial to main Sicilian lines as white as well, seemingly had difficulty playing against a rather common variation as that color.
|Feb-15-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday Wolff!|
|Feb-15-12|| ||eternaloptimist: I had the privilege of meeting & talking to Patrick @ a chess tournament in new orleans back in '92 when he was the reigning US chess champion. (He also won it in '95). Unfortunately he's not playing in tournaments now but he did come back briefly & play in the US chess league in '08. Happy birthday Patrick!|
|Feb-15-12|| ||Sneaky: User: PatrickWolff|
|Dec-30-12|| ||happyjuggler0: Here is an extremely rare 1)d4 by Wolff. If memory serves it was from the US (closed) championship and had a TN in it...although I don't play the QGA myself so I can't be sure.|
Also, if I recall correctly, in Inside Chess Seirawan commented that Rachels should have played *anything* but 1)...d5 in response because it was clear opening prep by a player who only play[s] 1)e4.
|Dec-30-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I remember Seirawan's comment, but I thought it was not to play the QG accepted.|
|Dec-30-12|| ||happyjuggler0: <Jim Bartle> You might be correct; memory can be a murky thing. |
Anyway, I am a bit surprised that the game is not (yet) available here at cg.
|Dec-30-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Well, my memory was it was against Dlugy, but they never played a qga, so...|
|Dec-30-12|| ||perfidious: What <happyjuggler0> states is correct-that game was from the US Championship. The TN was an improvement over White's play from a Miles-Rachels game.|
It was only the second time Wolff employed 1.d4 in his life, the first being when he had illegally set up the board, according to notes I once read from Inside Chess.
In the numerous tournaments Patrick and I played together, I never saw him open with anything but 1.e4, and his repertoire at any given point in those early days tended to be fairly narrow.
|Dec-30-12|| ||OhioChessFan: I really don't follow this. The only opening novelty possible in a Queen Pawn game is in a QGA? If a d4 player happened to open e4, would that mean you should play anything but e5?|
|Dec-30-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Ocf: Rachels almost always played the qga against d4. So Seirawan was saying, if Wolff played d4 for the first time, Rachels should have switched to some other opening.|
|Dec-30-12|| ||OhioChessFan: Thanks, that makes sense.|
|Dec-31-12|| ||perfidious: <Jim> As Fischer should have found something other than his beloved Two Knights vs the Caro-Kann when Keres tried that in the '59 Candidates (which had to be a complete shock).|
The next year, however, Fischer was shrewd enough to vary against another player who was not known to specialise in the Caro in Fischer vs Ivkov, 1960.
|Apr-14-13|| ||Eopithecus: Did Wolff ever play Seirawan or Christiansen?|
|Apr-14-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <Eopithecus> Our database, which is incomplete, has five games between Christiansen and Wolff:|
We have none between Seirawan and Wolff, but this database indicates they played at least twice:
|Aug-03-13|| ||FSR: <perfidious> Unfortunately (for Fischer's chess results at least), Buenos Aires 1960 was the tournament where he got laid. He got f***ed in more ways than one:|
<Fischer struggled in the later Buenos Aires tournament, finishing with 8½/19 (won by Viktor Korchnoi and Samuel Reshevsky on 13/19). This was the only real failure of Fischer's competitive career. According to Larry Evans, Fischer's first sexual experience was with a girl to whom Evans introduced him during the tournament. Pal Benko says that Fischer did horribly in the tournament "because he got caught up in women and sex. Afterwards, Fischer said he'd never mix women and chess together, and kept the promise."> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_...
Benko, OTOH, claimed that he got crushed in Fischer vs Benko, 1963 because he <didn't> get any action the previous night:
<Everyone thinks that this Rf6 game against me was something special, but I don't know what's so great about it. I was exhausted for this game. I was up all night necking in a car with a young lady...kissing and kissing. But it didn't go beyond that, so the combination of no sleep and frustration led to me losing badly to Bobby.>
-Pal Benko, My Life, Games and Compositions
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