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|Sep-02-17|| ||cro777: "Yuri Averbakh, at 95, still shows phenomenal memory and a bright mind. |
In the game against a 4-year-old Misha Osipov, almost unable to see the board due to his significantly decreased vision, he still managed to win a piece and completely dominate the position.
Sadly, he dropped a rook as he didn't clearly see the move of the young opponent."
Mikhail Osipov – Yuri Averbakh. Position after 23…axb6
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Here Yuri Averbakh thought that he saw the white rook going to d1 so he took on c2 and lost the game.
As <alexmagnus> remarked, on the game photo the names are switched.
|Sep-03-17|| ||alexmagnus: <due to his significantly decreased vision>|
<This> seems to be a universal of extremely old age. Not mental failure (indeed, <no one> of the longevity world record holders got dementia). Not physical weakness. But gradually going blind, typically completely losing sight between 100 and 110. Our eyes are just not suited to be around for more than some 75-80 years. If we ever significantly improve maximum lifespan, the first things the scientists will have to address is what to do with all the blind people that arise of this improvement :D
|Dec-09-17|| ||alexmagnus: ... And Misha Osipov is clearly overhyped.
All we know about him is that he plays chess. We don't even know at which level. I've seen dozens of four-year-olds who play chess.
So far he played three games against FIDE rated opponents. All three losses. Against players rated 1000-1300.
So, what makes him different from other four-year-olds?
|Feb-08-18|| ||Fusilli: Sad that we don't have a photo of the oldest GM alive. (Preferably, one of him at his prime, not in his 90s...)|
I wonder how many tournaments he is the last survivor of.
|Feb-08-18|| ||tpstar: <BIDMONFA> to the rescue!|
Yuri Averbakh (kibitz #15)
|Feb-08-18|| ||Fusilli: <tpstar>
OK, I googled-image him, and found this one from his younger years:
That's a nice one, no?
|Feb-08-18|| ||Marmot PFL: <If we ever significantly improve maximum lifespan, the first things the scientists will have to address is what to do with all the blind people that arise of this improvement :D>|
|Feb-09-18|| ||alexmagnus: Last survivor of...
For a start, 1948 Soviet championship and 1953 Candidates (but not 1952 Interzonal - Matanovic is alive too). I know it because I always track the earliest Soviet Championship, Interzonal, Candidates and WC match that has survivors.
|Feb-10-18|| ||Fusilli: Last survivor of the 1950 USSR championship as well. As for the 1951 USSR championship, the last place, Evgeny Terpugov, is either alive at 100 or his date of death is unknown.|
|Feb-14-18|| ||Fusilli: I believe he is also the last survivor of the 1954 USSR championship.|
Also, a number of USSR championships in the 1950s featured both Averbakh and Spassky. For example, both are the last survivors of USSR Championship (1958).
As for USSR Championship (1956), in addition to Averbakh and Spassky, there is Abram Khasin, who is 94.
From USSR Championship (1955), in addition to Averbakh and Spassky, there is Vitaly Sergeevich Sherbakov (86).
From USSR Championship (1959), there are five survivors: Averbakh, Spassky, Krogius (87), Vasiukov (84), and Nikitin (83).
|May-28-18|| ||Kapmigs: <...It says of me in the book that my best quality as player was my energy, which I think was right. My biggest fault? Well it is interesting you ask me that. This book does not say it because I think you cannot estimate it, it is only the person himself who really knows. I will tell you: let me try to say it like this. When you are a player, if you lose it is big shock for you every time. It is much more than unhappiness, it is deep distress. But when you win, you should experience as compensation very great joy, it surges up from inside of you like this. If you do not have that feeling, then you cannot be truly great player. And I am sorry to say, I do not know why it was but I never myself had that feeling. I liked to play and I liked to win; but never once did I have joy from winning. Pain and sadness when I lost yes, but when I won joy was not there. It was because I knew I did not have that necessary thing that I retired from playing soon after I was forty, and began to edit magazines and write books on chess instead....>|
--from the transcript of Yuri Averbakh's interview with Tony Parker
|May-28-18|| ||Muttley101: I grew up with Averbakh's endgame series that Batsford produced in English, and studying the KID and the Averbakh system. One of the joys of chess is the remarkable history and characters. I am glad there are still some around to bear witness.|
|Feb-08-19|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Yuri Averbakh, oldest living GM in the world.|
|Feb-08-19|| ||Granny O Doul: I think that "fault" that Averbakh describes above is extremely common, and probably more so the farther up the ladder you go. In thanking Gary Carter for talking after the Mets had just fallen down 0-2 in the 1986 World Series, Joe Garagiola even stated "it hurts more to lose than it feels good to win".|
|Feb-11-19|| ||norami: Averbakh is quoted as saying he’s seen two geniuses - Tal and Fischer. I wonder when he said that. Would he include Kasparov, or for that matter Karpov and Carlsen, if he said it now?|
|Feb-11-19|| ||rgr459: He must not have been much of a smoker.|
|Apr-28-19|| ||norami: Also interesting that he did not include Botvinnik, the most successful player of his generation.|
|Apr-28-19|| ||ewan14: or Spassky ! Perhaps he has still not forgiven him for that .... Nc6 move|
|Jun-13-19|| ||Caissanist: The "genius" quote is from an interview Averbakh gave to Larry Evans for <Chess Life> in 1990, later reprinted in Evans' anthology <This Crazy World of Chess>. The entire interview can be found here: https://books.google.com/books?id=-.... Here is the complete quote:|
<I have seen two geniuses in my time. One was Tal. The other was Fischer. Maybe Kasparov also. In chess you cannot be a genius forever, only for a short burst. Fischer’s highest level was after the Candidates matches in 1970 where he beat Larsen and Taimanov 6-0 and then crushed Petrosian and Spassky. Fischer was very strong with Black. With White everybody can win, but the main problem is how to win with Black.>
|Jun-22-19|| ||thegoodanarchist: Outstanding photo!
He looks a bit like Spassky, wouldn't you agree?
|Jun-22-19|| ||thegoodanarchist: Having lived to the ripe old age of 97, GM Averbakh should write a book on his dietary preferences.|
What does he eat? Does he smoke or drink alcohol? Has he ever smoked tobacco or consumed alcohol?
Most Russians love their vodka - is a shot or two a day his secret? Or maybe he eats raw eggs & calf liver?
Could it be fresh Cloudberries every summer that is the key to health?
|Jul-23-19|| ||Fusilli: <ewan14: or Spassky ! Perhaps he has still not forgiven him for that .... Nc6 move> |
Which game is this referring to?
|Jul-23-19|| ||Retireborn: Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956|
|Jul-23-19|| ||Fusilli: <Retireborn> OMG. That is the craziest move I've ever seen. I mean it.|
|Jul-26-19|| ||Chesgambit: Opening master|
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