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Member since May-03-05 · Last seen Jun-25-22
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 319 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-25-22 Abe Turner
wrap99: Interesting to read of Turner being in the obscure film A Bowl of Cherries (obscure at least to me but suspect few have heard of this 60 year old flick). It just goes to show you how many chess players had other interesting aspects to their lives. I hope when you play live events you
   Jun-25-22 Dennis Fritzinger
wrap99: <JimNorCal> Greetings from 2022 -- Donald Trump will be elected president and u can't believe what happens then. As for Fritzinger's thoughts on the Philidor, I am not up on the latest but it seems to me the superhuman chess minds of the the AIs have probably led to many ...
   Jun-25-22 Felix Sicre
wrap99: I have seen it. It is quite interesting to see not just the how close to morphy the people were but implicitly the links to the 19th century. I saw Reshevsky once and because he was fairly old when I saw him and of course started very early, here in 1980 or so was a man who had ...
   Jun-22-22 Theodore Bullockus
wrap99: <perfidious> no, his name was dave kittinger iirc.
   Jun-22-22 G Small vs Hannibal, 1977 (replies)
wrap99: Maybe the computer was in the u2000 section. Interestingly, given there were exceedingly few woman and fewer who could be described as old, I think I remember that woman who would be well over 100 now, I suspect. How far computers have come, hard to imagine that humans could beat ...
   Jun-18-22 Boris Siff
wrap99: I remember my first and possibly only LERA event from 1975, perhaps Siff was there. I for sure met a very young Jay Whitehead, already and expert at 12. Dennis Waterman was there, Nick Maffeo and probably some other masters whom I did not recognize. Ted Yudacufski used to direct in ...
   Jun-17-22 M T Mora Iturralde vs Taimanov, 1955
wrap99: Did white have chances for perhaps a draw at some point? Not too many times in those days that a female player (if indeed white had chances for a win or draw) did so well against a GM. But I can't judge whether what she did was sound.
   Jun-16-22 Morphy vs J Freeman, 1858 (replies)
wrap99: <KingG> Greetings from 2022 -- u will be amazed by what occurs. Buy something called Bitcoin as soon as you can in 2010 and hang onto all of it until it reaches 69k. As far as GM blindfold play, I would suggest that the stronger the GM, the less he loses in rating points when ...
   Jun-08-22 Albert Sandrin
wrap99: What a strange way to become blind -- I do not believe this was watching a solar eclipse. I think this staring at the sun might have been a competitive activity in those days when kids "made their own fun" before they watched a bunch of TV. Joseph Heller goes into the very ...
   Jun-08-22 Robert G Konkel
wrap99: He is referred to as a 17 year old schoolboy here: (history of Mechanics' Institute Chess Room) in 1949 or 1947 and so despite these games being almost 80 years old, could still be around.
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