joecapablanca: Here is an interesting blog about Anatoly Lutikov from Balinas during the 1976 Odessa International Chess Tournament that Balinas won:
Joe Capa said...
GM Balinas wrote in his 1976 Odessa Files a story about Anatoly Lutikov, a former Moscow/Russian champion who can actually play lucid chess even when intoxicated:
«I sympathized with Lutikov because it seemed to me that he could not win his fight against the bottle. It had already affected his professional chess life. The Soviet Chess Federation would no longer allow him to go out of the country to play, I was told, because of his drinking habits, but Lutikov is still a great player.»
Balinas recounted the time that Lutikov, who was obviously inebriated, and with strong breath of alcohol, offered a draw to one of his Odessa GM opponent.
Lutikov's opponent of course declined the draw offer, and insisted on playing their game knowing that Lutikov was drunk.
He got smashed by Lutikov and lost the game.
So that is how Lutikov got the reputation of playing tough and lucid chess, even when drunk.
Maybe chess players might try a swig or two before their game? But of course you have to stay awake throughout the game.
But wait, then ETOH could be a performance enhancing drug then?
Saturday, September 5, 2009 12:05:00 PM CDT