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Member since May-03-05 · Last seen Sep-01-18
Long-time fan, been going to tourneys since the early 1970s. Spectator at Lone Pine couple of times. Met Max Euwe at Paul Masson tournament in 1974, Petrosian, others at Lone Pine. Tal at Manhattan Chess Club Spoke with Judit Polgar when she was 11 and saw Reshevsky when he was a senior citizen still kicking ass.

   wrap99 has kibitzed 278 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-08-18 Richard Chess
wrap99: <BigShot> Just noticed your remark about bughouse -- Mike taught me that you can in fact sometimes safely castle in BH -- I can't believe I arrogantly questioned such a strong player, having learned the game from in isolation in a small town. Getting out into the wide world ...
   Aug-07-18 Ron Frasco
wrap99: A Los Angeles-area player in the 1970s. I think I played my first game of bughouse ever with him.
   Aug-07-18 Mike Chess
wrap99: Mike and Rich were very nice guys who were either expert or low masters pre-rating inflation. Rich (I think) also played football at the college level. Always wondered what became of them. They are from Nebraska, as I recall.
   Jul-29-18 Topalov vs S Zhigalko, 2008 (replies)
wrap99: <Absentee>: Sure, but I have to say that BH, which has a bad reputation among serious players often, seems to help certain areas of chess, at least for me. I think playing a lot of BH before a chess tournament is probably a bad idea but BH associated with studying standard ...
   Jul-29-18 James A Thinnsen (replies)
wrap99: <JonathanSarfati> People change, he is no longer a teenager but a middle-aged adult. I am glad to hear you found him to be a nice guy now. He certainly was a very good player as a teenager, perhaps he applied those brains to something productive?
   Jul-16-18 Max Weiss vs B Lasker, 1911 (replies)
wrap99: why is this a draw?
   Jul-03-18 Emanuel Lasker (replies)
wrap99: I first met Dennis in 1975. I would run into him repeatedly but he seemed to have no memory of me, perhaps because I was a youngster and changing in appearance. I ran into more than one chess player at poker, Walter Browne was someone I distinctly remember suggesting to that he ...
   Jun-28-18 Samuel D Factor (replies)
wrap99: Caissanist: I am not sure but probably it was in Hilbert's Whitaker bio there are some excerpts from Lasker's correspondence which not only show that Lasker and Whitaker were apparently friends but I think Factor is mentioned.
   Jun-26-18 Calvin Blocker (replies)
wrap99: This was a link within the article bismuth posted:
   Jun-26-18 Z Harari vs M Rodshtein, 2017
wrap99: Damn, he will be thinking about Bd5 for the rest of his life! Not too many people beat 2700 players; I am not sure I have ever seen one in person -- that used to be a rare rating indeed.
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