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Member since May-03-05 · Last seen May-26-22
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 303 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-26-22 Nick Maffeo
wrap99: I recall speaking with him in 1975. Being a master in those pre rating-inflation days was quite a big deal.
   May-22-22 Charles C Crittenden
wrap99: <andrewjsacks> I recall speaking to him at a tournament held at CSU, Northridge in 1977. Just about 45 years ago. Betty Roberts was organizer and GM Kashdan was TD.
   Mar-30-22 Mark A Orfalea (replies)
wrap99: I had never heard this story, JohnBoy -- I met his dad and mom once in 1977 when Mark was about 14.
   Mar-10-22 Sidney J Rubin
wrap99: The age is about right, I think he would have been in his 40s in 1975.
   Mar-03-22 David Blohm
wrap99: Is it possible he is still around? He was playing tournaments at least as far back as 1965 and I think was an adult then.
   Jan-19-22 Edward Lasker
wrap99: <Caissianist> I think Chess Strategy was my first chess book too, I was way too young for it and I think I got hung up on descriptive notation. Anyone today used to algebraic, just try, I dare you, to read a book uses descriptive. Crazy it was not immediately replaced by ...
   Nov-25-21 James Maki
wrap99: <JohnBoy> Rainer Rickford was an expert, at least in 1982 or so. I mentioned in 1977 his falling asleep during a game and his opponent getting mad when his friend awoke him. This was Ted Bullockus who was his opponent and complained to the TD. I remember the Makis, they did not
   Nov-18-21 Max Euwe (replies)
wrap99: <keypusher> you are welcome. i wonder if there is any earlier chess-related image of Euwe. He was 22 or so when the portrait was made almost a full century ago.
   Nov-02-21 Roger Bowen
wrap99: I was at an event in 1975 that I think was at the famous but now non-existent Ambassador hotel -- 7 years before Bobby Kennedy was shot there. I saw Bowen and said to him, You look like the guy who played Henry Blake in MASH and he said, That is because I am that guy. A very tall, ...
   Nov-02-21 Nick de Firmian
wrap99: <JohnBoy> You could certainly be right. 40+ years is a long time ago as mentioned and I have discovered that I was mistaken about things much more recent.
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