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Member since May-03-05 · Last seen Sep-25-23
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 349 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-23 Randall Hough
wrap99: I am guessing people from poorer countries are very familiar with less-than-new cars and know how to deal with their failures.
   Sep-25-23 Sidney J Rubin
wrap99: @47pitch: interesting but not surprising that sid was a math guy -- had he been born a little later I bet he would have become a software developer.
   May-26-23 John Brown (replies)
wrap99: jerseybob, i recall him drawing or winning. 1977 or so. Short, sort of heavy guy. Very quiet. I think he used John Brown out of admiration for the Abolitionist that people are joking about. No idea he had passed away 20 years ago almost although the last time I saw him might have ...
   Dec-31-22 Rajan Ayyar
wrap99: I want to expand on the "disagreeable kid" thing. I recall his speaking in French to another kid (as I was at the time) to say something nasty about me -- firstly, as an English speaker it is not like he was speaking Chinese or something, enough cognates to get the gist and anyway, ...
   Nov-29-22 Horatio Caro (replies)
wrap99: I have plenty of hair and I'd sure like that comb.
   Sep-09-22 Hans Niemann (replies)
wrap99: Hey FSR, what's the difference between hurt and the idiotic "butthurt?"
   Aug-10-22 Arturo Pomar Salamanca
wrap99: No one has commented on the last name and the Salamancas from Better Call Saul, but the name is from a city in Spain. I doubt if the writers of Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul named that evil criminal family after the GM, but that would be something, wouldn't it?
   Aug-10-22 Isaak Mazel (replies)
wrap99: <perfidious> I don't want to get too far afield from chess, but the commies, while they did some terrible things, were not racist or genocidal. I am not a fan of torturing poets and even admit that Stalin was in fact an antisemite, but communism is certainly at its heart ...
   Aug-08-22 Tim Krabbe (replies)
wrap99: <Olavi> Yes, that would be the game. Krabbe was a youngster and Duchamp was in his 70s.
   Aug-08-22 M Sisniega vs Fedorowicz, 1978
wrap99: Is this not a game where white sacs a lot worth some comments? Both were young players not yet GMs but soon to be.
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