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Member since May-03-05 · Last seen Feb-23-21
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 281 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-16-21 Lew Cohen (replies)
wrap99: @Halfmpa: not the right guy i am pretty sure and lewis cohen is a very common name.
   Jan-30-21 Larry Remlinger
wrap99: JohnBoy: Yes, I saw him in LA tournaments, specifically summer 1977 (to get really specific: Betty Roberts was the sponsor and Isaac Kashdan was tournament director -- held on the cal state northridge campus). Mid thirties then, pushing 80 now.
   Jan-23-21 N Whitaker vs J Frankle, 1974
wrap99: If I remember rightly, this game is discussed in Hilbert's extensive bio of Whitaker and NTW just left his clock running and walked away although we see no final move made by black here. I am guessing black played qg2 check but maybe black has a stronger move.
   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 (replies)
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 (replies)
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 ...
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