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Todd Q Miller vs Roman Dzindzichashvili
"Rise and Fall of Roman's Empire" (game of the day Oct-07-2004)
Master Challenge (1984), Chicago (USA), rd 5, Jun-24
English Opening: King's English Variation. Kramnik-Shirov Counter (A21)  ·  1-0



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Oct-03-04  Spassky69: Did you know Dzindzichasvili threw the board over when Todd won!? I bet no one here knew that because me and Todd were just talking after a game over Chess Live about the highest rated player we beat and it was amazing to hear he beat Dzindzi and he threw a temper tantrum after the game. What amazed me is since me and Todd are both the same rating that could have been me playing him! But what's even more amazing is that Todd quit playing chess for 20 years in his prime! Now he's ready for a Korchnoi/Smyslov like comeback!
Oct-04-04  Spassky69: Plus Dzindzich might have done more than that but I don't know
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  patzer2: Could it be that Dzindzichasvili was upset about his own play with 32...Rc1??
Oct-07-04  Hoozits: This isn't the only time I've heard of a GM or even a master throwing a fit after a loss to a "lesser" player. What is it the the typical ego problems of many chess players? Is chess what they use to validate themselves as worthwhile human beings?
Oct-07-04  Chesspatch: <Hoozits> I would too, if chess was the only thing I was good at and also my source of income and ego.
Oct-07-04  JohnBoy: Lots of strong players throw tantrums. Fischer lost famously to Mednis in the US championship and never faced Mednis with resignation. He adjourned and went to the TD (Kmoch, I believe) the next day with his resignation. Never shook Mednis' hand. Never spoke to him. Never acknowledged getting his ass handed to him on a platter.
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  patzer2: Learning to be a gracious loser is something most of us amateurs have had more practice at than the Chess professionals, but that's a poor excuse for boorish and outlandish behavior. However, to be fair, the great majority of Chess professionals I have observed seem to accept such defeats graciously. Peter Leko in particular was very gracious and positive after his recent first game loss to Kramnik in their wolrd championship match. Perhaps that positive attitude helped him to recover for his fifth game victory to tie the match.
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  kevin86: Black is in zugzwang and must yield his pawns to the white king-he is smashed to bits! Wasn't Roman the gritty master in the park in SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER?
Oct-07-04  jjack: Wasn't it RĂ©ti who wrote that "chess is quintessentially a pursuit for the unappreciated," or something to that effect? Also, shouldn't it be "DECLINE and fall of Roman's empire"?
Oct-07-04  rookies: Hi! I'm new to chess and I find it very exiting. I am wondering..what will happen if black moves ...Rc1 instead of ...Nd7 at line 30??
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  patzer2: <Rookies> Your 30...Rc1 looks to be a good choice in keeping the White Rook off the open file, before moving the Knight to a new post. It might have avoided the predicament Black found himself in a few moves later.
Oct-08-04  n30: I'm nowhere near as good a player as the guys (and few girls) who have listed their games here, but I'd say it doesn't matter what level people play at. I have encountered people smashing boards and just 'losing' it no matter what level; even simple social occasions. I think what it is, is that you simply can't blame anything/anyone else than yourself if you lose. No dice, no cards, no 'destiny', just your own (temporary - hopefully, hehe) 'stupidity'. And I'm no exception either. I play online chess a lot and I had to buy a punching bag :O)~
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  tpstar: <n30> Hello! Welcome to the group! I agree how temper tantrums after losing are uncalled for, yet I wonder if many competitors (especially young folks) attribute that feature into some nebulous "will to win" characteristic making it appear positive in a skewed sense. Also consider how you can play quite well but lose only because your opponent outplayed you and not necessarily due to stupidity (although I know all about that!). Like in this game, where Black looked great but the protected passed Pawn proved decisive after a seemingly minor slip. As to online chess, sometimes it's a blatant blunderfest, so remember not to punch the computer!

<rookies> I like your improvement of 30 ... Rc1, then Black probably should centralize the King before reposting the Knight. What would be best play after 30 ... Rxd3 instead?

Oct-08-04  clendenon: I once played Roman. I lost on time while filling out the scoresheet. Couldn't get the name right. I spelled it Dzingdzingdihasvilli.

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