Originally posted by pijun
I remember the documentary about brilliant minds (whatever it was called). They had Judith Polgar in it. She said when she was a young girl she'd go into the chess clubs and beat all the old men in the smokey rooms. All the men would make excuses when they lost. Oh my stomach hurts, ohh I'm tired, ohh I was sleepy, ohh I didn't feel like playing, oh yo sick , I have the flu, etc.. Polgar said "I've never beaten a healthy man" as a joke.
Two much earlier quotes from Tartakower : -
1/ "I never defeated a healthy opponent."
2/ poking fun at this phenomenon : -
"I had a toothache during the first game.
In the second game I had a headache.
In the third game it was an attack of rheumatism.
In the fourth game, I wasn't feeling well.
And in the fifth game? Well, must one have to win every game?".