Originally posted by DrumboI met GM Alexander Ivanov at the 4th Contininental Chess Congress in Orlando, FL and stood only a few feet away from the board on which he was playing. My mother got his autograph, but I almost shot her for doing it. I mean, autographs from grandmaster's don't go for much unless it's Kasparov, Fischer or Karpov. LOL I guess you have to win the big one to be gathered into the halls of fame and history.
No, not me, that's the thread.
Scroll down to the title, you'll be fascinated, it's by Hans Kmoch, who was familiar with a half dozen of the greats from the 1930's
Originally posted by caissad4I can't believe you played Ivanov. I met another guy who played him at the tournament in Orlando back in 1993. I placed 4th and won a plaque.
Christianson, Browne, I.Ivanov, D.Gurevich and Annakov I met while directing tournaments.
I played T.Petrosian and A.Ivanov.
But the greatest I ever met was George Koltanowski.
Originally posted by der schwarze RitterI played Bronstein about 12 years ago at Hastings and managed to draw, though of course he was into his seventies by then. It was quite a humbling experience analysing the game with him though. That man has forgotten more about chess that most of us will ever know!
I met David Bronstein, the challenger for the 1951 World Chess Championship (match tied vs. Botvinnik who retained the title). He was a very nice fellow and an extraordinary chess player. In our one game, I played what I thought was a nifty sacrifice, but he easily dealt with my clumsy attack and went on to win.