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|Mar-19-11|| ||fab4: @ <lenna>
chap. we'll always disagree. You think Kaspy is a god. I think you've no appreciation of time, and history..
|Mar-19-11|| ||Lennonfan: <fabster>...we dont always have to disagree....chap! Lets just agree on something here...you worship fischer,and i "appreciate" Kasparov...
Big difference kidda..
I think fischer was a great player,i just think Kasparov was better.....i dont wish to get into no argument like you <focus> and <scach> are currently in,but please dont say who,or what,i do or dont appreciate....i have my fav you have yours...it just so happens that my fav player is a greater player than your fav player!!! This is what makes me think your just a teenager with a man crush sometimes because of the superlatives you use to describe fischer and your love for him...if thats how your feeling,just say...il think no less of you,but at least i know why you adore him so much....come on fabster,do you like men?? Iv nothing against you guys it just explains a lot...
And iv no argument with you kid,ur a decent lad,just misguided....but i appreciate your opinions all the same..
"bobby and the fabster sitting in a tree"....lol lol just messing
|Mar-20-11|| ||Caissanist: Alburt was of course best known as a chess master, but his passion was Soviet politics--he once wrote in <Chess Life> that he didn't even like chess, and would rather make his living at some kind of institute that studied that subject. He could be insightful--he basically predicted the course of the first Kasparov-Karpov match. However, in my opinion his cold war dogmatism biased his evaluation of chess matters, and the Karpov-Fischer quote is a good example.|
|Mar-20-11|| ||chancho: I remember Alburt getting pummeled by Nigel Short (Foxboro, Mass) back in 1985.|
(6 wins 0 losses 2 draws)
|Jun-20-11|| ||M.D. Wilson: A chip on his shoulder called Karpov.|
|Aug-21-11|| ||talisman: happy birthday champ.|
|Aug-21-11|| ||HeMateMe: Three Times USA Champ. I bought his 6 book suite which "...might take you from club player to expert". Well, I didn't get that far, but the books were entertaining. I usually don't make it through the end of a chess book, but these books had enough diagrams so that you didn't need a chess board to play through the chapters.|
|Jan-12-12|| ||Rook e2: <
Karpov knew he could hardly draw a game with Fischer, never mind winning one or two games. His only chance was to disrupt the match. So a whole arsenal of tricks was worked out, designed to upset the sensitive American, unaccustomed to such methods.
--- Lev Alburt
Totally disagree ofcourse
|Jan-12-12|| ||Penguincw: So Karpov was lucky that Fischer forfeit the match?|
|Jan-12-12|| ||Caissanist: Well, there's a lot of room for third opinions between "Karpov would have defeated Fischer" and "Karpov knew he could hardly draw a game against Fischer".|
|Jan-12-12|| ||jackpawn: I'm old enough to remember the times, the mid-1970's. My opinion is that Kaspov actually reached his peak around the years 1976-77. He was winning all the tournaments back then in convincing fashion. Could he actually win a match against Fischer? Against the Fischer of 1971, no. But apparently Fischer lost his blind passion after winning the championship. Could Karpov win against a Fischer that was 10% weaker? I think it's entirely possible. |
In my opinion Alburt's statement was just silly. Whether Karpov could have won or not will always be an endless debate, but whether he won or lost the match many draws would have occurred. Alburt simply hated the Russians, which is understandable.
|Jan-12-12|| ||hedgeh0g: Fischer lost any remaining motivation to play after winning the WC - this much is clear. I think it's quite likely that Karpov, the young and ambitious challenger, would have posed a serious threat to him had he not forfeited the title.|
|Jan-12-12|| ||Shams: <Alburt's statement was just silly.> Yeah.|
|Jan-12-12|| ||rapidcitychess: Fischer-worship in general is rather silly.|
|Jan-12-12|| ||drkodos: Worship is silly, on any level.|
|Jan-12-12|| ||hedgeh0g: Unless you worship Jessica Alba or something. Then it's perfectly fine.|
|Jan-12-12|| ||drkodos: Touche|
|Jan-12-12|| ||TheFocus: Double touche!
One regret I have is that her children are not mine.
|Jan-12-12|| ||King Death: I'll put a vote in there for Evangeline Lilly, see this page: Doll|
|Feb-16-12|| ||Caissanist: <hedgeh0g: Fischer lost any remaining motivation to play after winning the WC - this much is clear.>|
I don't think it's clear at all. Fischer did in 1975 what he had done constantly since at least 1961--demand exact conditions for playing, and then refusing if his conditions were not met. It was a miracle, or actually several miracles, that he played for the championship in 1972. The Soviets apparently realized they could get the title back by taking advantage of Fischer's stubbornness and irrationality, and they did so.
|Feb-16-12|| ||keypusher: <Caissanist: <hedgeh0g: Fischer lost any remaining motivation to play after winning the WC - this much is clear.>
I don't think it's clear at all. Fischer did in 1975 what he had done constantly since at least 1961--demand exact conditions for playing, and then refusing if his conditions were not met. It was a miracle, or actually several miracles, that he played for the championship in 1972. The Soviets apparently realized they could get the title back by taking advantage of Fischer's stubbornness and irrationality, and they did so.>|
If Fischer insisted on his <exact conditions> every time there would have been no matches, period. In particular, there would have been no title match in Reykjavik, since Iceland was Spassky's first choice and Fischer didn't want to play there at all. So Fischer was willing to compromise sometimes. He made lots of demands before and during all his matches. Typically some demands were met and some were not (see Brady for details). Nevertheless, he played his matches with Taimanov, Larsen, Petrosian, and Spassky to a conclusion.
Fischer could have played any number of matches getting his <exact conditions> at any time after winning the title, and after forfeiting it also. He chose not to. I conclude that <Fischer lost any remaining motivation to play after winning the WC>. It's as clear as anything can be where Fischer is concerned.
|Mar-01-12|| ||whiteshark: "The older the player, the greater the odds his idol is <Lasker>!" |
~ Lev Alburt
|Mar-13-12|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
"Nothing is dearer to a chess player's heart than his rating. Well, of course everyone knows he's under-rated, but his rating, its ups and downs, however miniscule, are his ego's stock-market report."
~ Lev Alburt
and FIDE's rating lists are like the quarterly financial presentations.
|Mar-14-12|| ||GrahamClayton: "In the Soviet Union, chess is supported by the government, and since Stalin's time they have used victories in international chess tournaments to propagandize the notion that the very best minds flourish under the Communist system. They will go to great lengths to get the most from their players. For example, sometimes during my matches I was wired and tested for blood pressure, heart rate, galvanic skin response, and other things. I was given amphetamines and tranquilizers on the day of important tournaments."|
Lev Alburt, quoted in Fred Waitzkin's article "Waiting for Bobby", New York Magazine, 11 June 1984, p. 33.
|Aug-21-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Happy 67th Birthday, GM Alburt!
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