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|Jul-18-08|| ||myschkin: <Dean of American Chess>
Title of George Koltanowski.|
|Aug-28-08|| ||GrahamClayton: According to Edward Winter, Koltanowski was part of a plot to stop Edward Colle winning the 2nd Belgian championship, which was held in Antwerp in September 1922. Koltanowski defeated Buruchowitz, the winner of the 1921 championship, in 2 moves 1. f3 e5. 2 g4 Qh4#.|
|Sep-02-08|| ||GrahamClayton: Source: CN 2928 Edward Winter, "Chess Facts and Fables", McFarland Publishing, 2006|
|Sep-04-08|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
" [Blindfold-chess legend] <Koltanowski> is survived by his wife, Leah, who never learned to play chess and often joked that her husband could not remember to bring bread home from the grocery. "
-- The New York Times
Boys will be boys and gals will be gals. :D
|Sep-04-08|| ||sallom89: 34 games without looking at any board!? how come, just cant imagine it.|
|Dec-24-08|| ||gauer: Did anyone ever try to estimate his rating strength after the 70's, when the ELO system was taking form? - many games show up as simuls, & of the 300+ to date in the database here, that would only account for about 5 or 6 simuls' worth of events, given that all the simuls could be pooled into only a few tourneys ;). Having Koltanowski paired to Alekhine in tandem (each player of each side alternate each kth turn in tandem to decide a team's strategy) / team play must've been like a GM reading a textbook when it came to reeling off an opening repertoire. A FIDE card didn't show up, & there don't seem to be many classical-pace time games that he'd played which had game-scores recorded to the database.|
|Jan-08-09|| ||PhilFeeley: <sallom89> Chessbase published an article today about a book that may question his simultaneous claims:|
|Jul-20-09|| ||Dredge Rivers: Blindfold is for wimps! He should have tried blindfolded, gagged, and handcuffed! Now, that's HARDCORE! :)|
|Oct-06-09|| ||Fusilli: Second longest-lived GM, after Enrico Paoli.|
|Oct-06-09|| ||AnalyzeThis: I guess Smyslov is 'only' 88 and Dake was only 90.|
|Oct-06-09|| ||Fusilli: Actually, I made a mistake. The GM with the longest life span is Andre Lilienthal, who is 98 and therefore outlived Enrico Paoli (who died at 97) and Koltanowski, who died at 96. The second oldest living GM is, indeed, the great Vasily Smyslov, who is 88.|
|Jan-02-10|| ||Jedzz: I received a couple of old, old school chess books for Christmas, and bookmarking one of them was a yellowed newspaper clipping of a chess column by Koltanowski, which I'd thought I'd replicate here:|
First was a game between an O.I. Truelsen and C. Madsen , played in Norway in 1957. Neither player is in the database, for soon-to-be obvious reasons in Madsen's case. This was originally in descriptive notation, which I've translated to algebraic.
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 d5 4. e5 d4 5. exf6 dxc3 6. bxc3 Qxf6 7. d4 Be7(a) 8. Nf3 h6 9. Bd3 Nd7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. h4(b) Bd6 12. g4 c5 13. g5 Qe7 14. gxh6 g6 15. h5(c) gxh5 16. Rg1+ Kh8 17. Rg7 e5 18. Bg5 Qe8(d) 19. dxe5 Nxe5(e) 20. Rh7+ Kg8 21. Rh8+ Kxh8 22. Bf6+ Kg8 23. h7# 1-0
(a) Better would have been 7. ... Bd6. (b) White threatens 12. Bg5 hxg5 13. hxg5 Qf4 14. g3 Qg4 15. Bh7+ Kh8 16. Bb5+ etc. (c) White is putting on pressure, and will finish in brilliant style! (d) After 18. ... Qe6, there can follow 19. d5 Qh3 20. O-O-O. (e) 19. ... Bxe5 staves off the defeat by one more move."
Next was a puzzle:
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"White is to play and mate in two moves."
See if you can figure this one out.
|Jan-03-10|| ||HeMateMe: Doesn't B-f8# win at once? Or, is the trick to make it a legal mate in two, which would be more difficult?|
|Jan-03-10|| ||Jedzz: HeHateMe, 1. Bf8+ Kxc5. White is moving up the board, and thus the knight is en pris.|
|Jan-03-10|| ||HeMateMe: oops. My chess GPS navigotor was off.|
|Aug-14-10|| ||wordfunph: According to George Koltanowski in his book TV Chess, a player came complaining that he had just been mated by a rook and that he protested the outcome. His 20-year-old opponent had a long wide beard and he had "covered his rook with his beard". And then, when it was his turn to move,
had lifted his beard and mated with the "hidden" rook!|
|Aug-14-10|| ||HeMateMe: Ha!, I love that--Capa's 'submarine piece'!|
|Oct-28-10|| ||GrahamClayton: 1925 photo: http://tinyurl.com/2e8ut99|
|Aug-19-11|| ||wordfunph: H. Wallis' scoresheet played against Koltanowski in Leeds in 1938..|
|Oct-18-11|| ||whiteshark: < Despite the documented evidence by chess historian HJR Murray, I've always thought that chess was invented by a goddess >|
|Apr-16-12|| ||Caissanist: The story <Wordfunph> mentions was probably copied from Alfred Kreymborg's <Chess Reclaims a Devotee>, an amusing portrait of the New York chess world of a century ago: http://www.unz.org/Pub/AmMercury-19...|
|Sep-17-12|| ||Lil Swine: Happy Birthday Kolty|
|Sep-18-12|| ||HeMateMe: George is no longer with us, though I'm sure he'd be willing to play the whole site at blindfold chess, were it technically possible.|
|Oct-24-12|| ||wordfunph: <Caissanist> thanks for the link, extracted the story from a signed copy of TV Chess by Koltanowski.|
read somewhere that Kolty abandoned the idea of drawing a chessboard on the ceiling of his bedroom to study blindfold, ohhhh...hardcore chess!
|Feb-24-13|| ||WannaBe: In today's SF Chronicle, they had a classic reprint from 1981: |
Note the spelling by the author of Koltanowski's first name.
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