|Apr-10-04|| ||Vischer: In Searching For Bobby Fischer, Pandolfini says Josh shouldn't keep playing speed chess. "It ruined Arbakov (Arbarkov, Arpakov, Arparkov, something like that, I'm not sure exactly what he said) and It'll ruin you. Was this the person he was talking about? what happened with speed chess ruining him or whatever? |
|Apr-10-04|| ||Hanada: <Visher> Not sure if he is the same guy but I found this:|
The blitz legend of Sokolniki
05.04.2003 Do you know GM Valentin Arbakov? He is a living legend in chess circles, well known for his for his proclivity for alcohol as well as for his dominance at blitz chess. You generally find him at the Sokolniki Park chess club in northeast Moscow in 1984. There will tell you about the time he beat Mikhail Tal in a blitz tournament, as the Moscow Times reports
... seems to be the same guy. I have seen that movie 10 times and I didn't remeber hearing that. Nice catch.
|May-08-04|| ||Tigran Petrosian: This guy is a freakin blitz genius. |
|Dec-21-04|| ||Benzol: Valentin Mikhailovich Arbakov
Born 28th January 1952
He was joint Moscow champion in 1981.
|Sep-06-05|| ||Daodejing: From an interview with Alexander Rustemov:
"Student life in a big unfamiliar city was difficult. In order to get more money for food I started playing blitz in Sokolniki Park. As I was an 18-year-old youngster without an Elo or a reputation, the Moscow masters eagerly accepted my offers to play a couple of games. That was how I earned my living.
Soon nobody wanted to play against me for stakes; I kept coming to the park, but was idle for most of the time. One day a new opponent arrived – an unspectacular man in a worn, baggy T-shirt, who was apparently experiencing a hangover. The local hustlers introduced him as a fairly good player, and we sat at the board. To my greatest surprise, I lost 2-8 in the first 10-game match. The next day I sought revenge, but lost with a similar margin. This is how I met Valentin Arbakov (shown here), an outstanding blitz player.
At his peak he used to beat many masters with 1 minute against 5! I have never seen such speed and technique as displayed by Arbakov. It was a big shock, and I was forever hooked on blitz."
|Nov-08-05|| ||Daodejing: I think Arbakov died in 2003 or 2004.
Can anybody confirm?
|Dec-16-05|| ||stanleys: Yes it's true.GM Arbakov died in 2004|
|Jan-28-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Valentin Arbakov|
Arbakov, Valentin M.
|Feb-03-07|| ||oneguy: I met him once in one of the World Open. (it was either 94, 95 or somewhere there). He was IM at that time. I saw him play hundreds of blitz games against many opponents. He was giving GMs (GM Blatny for example) time odds (2 to 4) and crushing him 90% of games! Unforgettable memory! Marvelous end games. Incredibly fast. Game after game he managed somehow to win even drawn end games (example Rook end games with just a pawn up -- or sometimes equal pawns!). I was there with a lighter everytime he needed to light a cigarette. I played him a few games too. He crushed me with 5 to 1 time odd (I was around USCF 2100 at that time).
Pandaofini says blitz ruined Arbakov? I wish my chess was ruined like his too!|
|Aug-23-08|| ||whiteshark: <Mensch, auf deinem Niveau spielt Eröffnung keine Rolle.>|
-- GM Arbakow zu einem ca. 2000er-Spieler, der die Eröffnungsphase einer Turnierpartie analysieren wollte. :D
and with kind regards to the famous World Team
|Feb-02-11|| ||wordfunph: <oneguy: I met him once in one of the World Open. I was there with a lighter everytime he needed to light a cigarette.>|
|Apr-14-13|| ||Everett: How many people "make it" in chess anyways? Perhaps blitz suited him just fine.|
Wonder what ruined Pandolfini's chess.