Grandmaster Larry Evans would have been 88 today.
Many years ago, I had the pleasure of spending the entire Linares tournament seated next to IM Alex Wohl in the pressroom. Not only was he enjoyable to be around, he constantly displayed his unfettered imagination with wild suggestions that the GMs generally pooh-poohed. A few of them were actually sound. Anyway, here is a game of his. A lot of mistakes (it was a rapid game) but interesting and pretty at the end.
My apologies for failing to post last Sunday.
Grandmaster Yusupov celebrated his 60th birthday on Thursday. I was once mistaken for him at a bar in Qjuebec City. It was during his 1989 Candidates Match agains Kevin Spraggett. Someone walked up to me and said, “Hey, aren’t you that Russian grandmaster.”
There will be no game of the week this week. Hopefully, it will be back next week.
I chose this game because today is Svetozar Gligoric’s birthday. He would be 97 and he was one of the best players of his era.
Charles “Chip” Pashayan was an undistinguished Republican Congressman from California from 1979 to 1991. I say undistinguished because his Wikipedia page says almost nothing about him and all that the Almanac of American Politics could say was “On most issues Pashayan votes as you would expect a Republican from Ronald Reagan’s home state to vote. But his greatest energy is probably served for local matters.” (1984 and 1986 editions). He was a far-right conservative of the species now extinct in California whose other members included Bob Dornan and William Dannemeyer. It may seem unfair to compare him to loons like Dornan and Dannemeyer but his pet project was trying to the get the US government to recognize Bobby Fischer as the sole legitimate world champion.
I interviewed him in his office in 1987 for Chess Horizons. He told me about his “pet project” (a staff member told me that he did it without staff help). H.J.Res.545 – “A joint resolution recognizing Bobby Fisher as the official World Chess Champion.” It passed the House by voice vote (evidently no one cared or they were confident that it would die in the Senate). Senator Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH) blocked the resolution in the Senate Judiciary Committee, ostensibly because the Senate’s rules on commemoratives prohibit commemorating a living person but I suspect that he also had no desire to celebrate an anti-Semitic madman even if he was arguably the world’s greatest chess champion who had been robbed of his title by Soviet apparatchiks. Pashayan also later acted as a pro-bono lawyer for Fischer when he got into trouble for violating US sanctions against Serbia.
Whatever one thinks of Pashayan’s views on Fischer or his politics, he was an avid supporter of chess who was knowledgeable and opinionated about its politics. He railed against FIDE and strongly criticized the USCF for sending a team to the 1986 Olympiad in Dubai, urging a boycott because Israel was barred from participating. He also seems to have been a fairly good player as this week’s game shows. In an offhand game, he puts up a very decent fight against the legendary Viktor Korchnoi. The game contains some nice tactics.