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Member since Jun-20-08
Favorite player: Akiba. He was unfailingly polite.
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   Noflaps has kibitzed 157 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-01-18 Gelfand vs Beliavsky, 1991 (replies)
Noflaps: As great as the POTD is (think Times- crossword level tradition, for some), there are plenty of other good reasons to keep coming to this site, in my own steadfastly humble opinion. Playing guess the move, or reading the kibitzes from all over the place about most of history's ...
   Aug-01-18 Feldman vs Benko, 1945 (replies)
Noflaps: One of the interesting points of this artful game is this: 5...Ne4 may look at first like a blunder. But it is actually the start of a useful pawn sacrifice by black. The sacrifice happens when white sees a chance to win a pawn with the tiny combination played here, and goes after ...
   Jun-17-18 Von Scheve vs Teichmann, 1907 (replies)
Noflaps: Thanks to Irving Chernev, the author, for presenting this game in his remarkably long-lived book Logical Chess.... Its appearance in that book motivated me to study the game, move by move, with a strong computer engine by my side. By doing that, I noticed, as others have (see their ...
   Jul-18-17 Steinitz vs Lenhof, 1859 (replies)
Noflaps: The Englishman is quite correct about the Bohemian: the great man gave much to look at in this very game. Try playing it with "guess the move" and its charms become even more apparent.
   Aug-05-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Noflaps: With all due respect, don't assume that "green" sources necessarily "lower" power costs. It is often the contrary. Against intuition, perhaps, the power isn't really free, even from "green" sources.
   Aug-02-15 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Noflaps: It would be difficult to be "to the manor born" in Soviet Russia. Was Spassky born into a grand manor owned by the landed gentry? And yet, in any event, he was as gracious as one might hope such gentlemen to be. (I realize that not all might have the same view on that point). So, if
   Jul-27-15 Steinitz vs Meitner, 1859 (replies)
Noflaps: 8 e5, as played here by Steinitz, is unusual. Much more usual is 8 Qb3, which at present apparently scores better in practice. Furthermore, 8 Qb3 was the choice of a relatively powerful chess engine after a 30-ply search. Steinitz's 8 e5 was evaluated more than three-fourths of a ...
   Jun-09-15 Kasparov vs S Muratkuliev, 1973 (replies)
Noflaps: I have coached young chess players, and while all were jewels in many ways just a few showed surprising talent. In that context, if I had ever seen a 10-year-old play like White played here, my jaw would still be on the floor. This is a very interesting game, with evidence of a ...
   Jan-19-15 Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843 (replies)
Noflaps: You play the Sicilian. Your opponent responds with 2 c4, creating a nice fat hole for you on d4 but owning d5 like a politician owns excuses. Now what? That's the first study question this old-timey game presents, it seems.
   Dec-31-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
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  wordfunph: first!

hello <Noflaps>..

Akiba Trivia:

+ GM Akiba Rubinstein claimed he studied chess 6 hours a day, 300 days a year. Another 60 days he spent playing in chess tournaments. The remaining 5 days he rested. He learned chess at the late age of 19.

+ Rubinstein was so paranoid that if a stranger came into his room, he would run or even jump out of a window. In chess tournaments he would make a move then stand as far away as possible from the board until his next move. During World War I, he invested all his money in German War Bonds.

+ In 1911 at San Sebastian, Akiba Rubinstein complained of a fly which kept settling on his forehead and breaking his concentration. After he won the tournament, the tournament director, Jacques Mieses, took him to a leading psycho-neurologist at Munich. The doctor examined Rubinstein and said, "My friend, you are mad. But what does it matter? You are a chess master!" Rubinstein imagined noises in the night: knockings on the walls. He once burst in the room next door and tried to strangle Richard Reti, believing he was the source of these strange noises. He spent fours years hiding in a sanitorium in Belgium during the Nazi occupation.

+ Akiba Rubinstein never offered anyone a draw although he would accept draw offers if he thought that the position was actually drawn. When questioned about this, he said, "A Rubinstein never offers a draw!"

+ Akiba Rubinstein suffered from heavy dandruff.

+ Nimzovich versus Rubinstein: Nimzovich went to restroom after his move. Rubinstein also went to restroom without making a move. Nimzovich came back and sits down at the wrong side of the table. He didn't realize that he was on the wrong side and played a move for Rubinstein. When Rubinstein came back, he saw the board and shook Nimzovich's hand, "Thanks, I missed that move!"

+ During his games, Akiba Rubinstein never sat in his chair while his opponent was thinking. Instead, he retreated to a remote corner, waiting for his turn to move. His quixotic attitude occasionally led him to defeat by overstepping the time limit.

+ Akiba Rubinstein never ate in public and would not shake hands for fear of germs.

+ Akiba Rubinstein went mad from chess. It's been said that he sat at a table for hours in the hospital moving a pawn from c2 to c4, then moving it back.


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