206 ( +1 | -1 ) Memorable Chess Experiences.*Playing white against sicilian at gamecolony.com I managed to lock my opponents pieces so well that he couldn’t make one move that wouldn’t mean losing a piece. I was very satisfied with this but when I got his draw offer, I got stunned. I overlooked the position, he didn’t stand a chance! I wrote to him, after refusal: ”How dare you offer me a draw in a position like this? It is considered very bad manners offering a draw in a lost position.” He quickly replied, mind you this was a 1600 player there, ”It is a draw because I can’t move any piece without losing- that’s like a stalemate”. I mated him after 6 moves and several draw refusals.
*Once playing russian defence, very tired, against a 1300 player (also at gamecolony.com) I found out that I had moved my queen so it was easy prey for my opponent. I got very mad since moves like that, well, no excuse can be made for them. Either you play sound or not at all. I got even more angry because my opponent seemed to gloat and didn’t make the obvious move. After a while my opponent wrote ”Do you want to take it back?” but I, because I’m against takebacks, wrote in reply ”No but thank you anyway.”. It took a while, and still he didn’t move his bishop to take out my queen. He wrote again ”It’s a trap isn’t it?”. I replied ”We can discuss after the game.”. The clock ticked...My opponent just couldn’t bring himself to think that a high rated player made such a childish mistake. ”It’s a trap- I know it”. ”We can discuss after the game”. ”It’s a trap! It’s a trap! It’s a trap!”. ”Let’s play on and discuss after the game”. My opponent timed out.
63 ( +1 | -1 ) Mymost memorable chess experiences was, when I sat down with the late Anthony Miles, in a cafeteria in Esbjerg, Denmark sometimes in the eighties. We talked and eat (Danish meatballs) for an hour or so. Also I have twice meet Grandmaster Bent Larsen, where I had the opportunity, to discuss some lines in the Evans Gambit. Finally I once played a simul-game against the former World Champion in CC, Jorn Sloth. He "crushed" my skull in a Sicilian Dragon. me as white!
All of the above 3 experience are great memories for me!
135 ( +1 | -1 ) FischerIve had a lot of memorable experiences in chess. Played a lot of GMs in simuls, One master played me and a friend blindfold (he played with his back to the board). one interesting master I remember was James Schroeder. In the 80s the Portland chess club hired Jim to be the chess pro. He was given the apt. above the club (rent free). He could sell books, give lessons and play chess all day everyday. Whenever I visited the club I tried to play Jim or at least get close to him. He thought out loud when he played and was very colorful in his speech. I remember reading that Schroeder had a very interesting car trip with Fischer back in 64'. I liked talking to him about Fischer. He said after the simul Fischer had given in Cleveland Jim had arrainged another simul in Toledo ( I believe it was Toledo) which Fischer had agreed to. It was several hours by car and Jim said they talked a lot. Blindfold chess (Fischer said it was a terrific strain) The Interzonal (Fischer definitely would not play). Jim said he was a good conversationalist on things not chess related. Jim had agreed to give Fischer all the money for the simul and he was going to make a killing selling his books outside the hall in the lobby. Fischer drew a hugh crowd. The playing fee was five dollars and the spectators paid a dollar. Jim said he didn't sell a single book. Everyone was either playing Fischer or watching Fischer.