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bluebabygirl 81 ( +1 | -1 )
Rudolph Charousek another fantastic player that was a chess genius , very original thinker like Rubinstein, but never gets the attention he deserves. CHAROUSEK"S GAMES of CHESS BY PHILLIP W. SERGEANT, is a must read for anyone interested in chess history . although he died at a very young age his chess record is fantastic considering he never got to reach his prime . after his defeat in a game with Charousek, the great Lasker predicted that he would someday have to play this young man for the world title. So my question again why does Charousek get so little mention in chess history and current discussions of chess greats . he compares greatly with Pillsbury, so why the lack of attention. any comments agree, disagree or more elaboration would be appreciated. yours bluebabygirl .
brobishkin 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Hmm... Baby blue... There will always be players of very high calibur that will never get the recognition they deserve... I think it's true in every sport known to mankind... I see your point, but I'm afraid it's just one of those things that happen in life... I havce no explanation...

Bro...
bluebabygirl 52 ( +1 | -1 )
re- to brobishkin i am 15 year old girl that studies chess history with a passion, yes i agree that you are correct. i find myself deeply sadden by this very fact . but my only concern is CHESS , all the other games or sports are essentially meaningless!!!! i may get called a chess freak . if so i will wear that brand with very much pride. but what game created by man can even come close to comparing to chess NONE I THINK. AGAIN I THANK YOU MUCH. YOURS BLUEBABYGIRL
myway316 49 ( +1 | -1 )
babybluegirl I think the main reason Charousek never gets his due is simply the briefness of his career,1890-1898.He joins the many others who were cut off in their prime,leaving us with only "what might have beens".Ths is a far too-lengthy list: Morphy,Pillsbury,Perlis,Breyer,Junge,Stein,Winston,among others. If you are interested in a more complete treatment of Charousek's career,there is a book: Chess Comet Charousek,by Charuchin,that has 245 games
baseline 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Charousek I came across "Charousek's games of Chess" many years ago and enjoyed playing through his games. Unfortunately Sergeant's notes are not the best. I have never seen the other book mentioned.
Studing the games of the great past masters is a wonderful way to improve you chess and appreciate the rich history of chess.
myway316 30 ( +1 | -1 )
I quite agree with you baseline. I get great enjoyment playing over the games of the old masters(on a wood board and set,natch!).As a matter of fact,I'm going over some games from the latest treasure trove I just managed to add to my collection-Grekov's unabridged collection of Chigorin's games-beautiful!
bluebabygirl 59 ( +1 | -1 )
RE- TO MYWAY316 you state about his career being so short as to why. well 8 years may be short but look at the level he attained and the artistry of many of his games . for example look at his win over Tchigorin, BERLIN, OCTOBER 4 1897 , QUEEN"S GAMBIT DECLINED. also his win over LASKER , Nuremberg, august 10 1896 . this game inspired Lasker to predict having to play him for the title someday !! why should the brevity of his career eclipse the brightness of his genius ?? again i thank you for your reply and info on book CHESS COMET CHAROUSEK, I WILL TRY TO GET THIS BOOK,. yours bluebabygirl
myway316 50 ( +1 | -1 )
There are many amazing parallels between Charousek and Pillsbury,probably the most amazing being the fact that both men,even tho they knew they were dying,never stopped doing what thye loved best,even to the very end. A Pillsbury-Charousek matchy would have been a real slobber-knocker.They only played each other twice: a 54 move draw at Nuremburg 1896,and a 66 move win for Charousek at Budapest the same year.
myway316 50 ( +1 | -1 )
There are many amazing parallels between Charousek and Pillsbury,probably the most amazing being the fact that both men,even tho they knew they were dying,never stopped doing what thye loved best,even to the very end. A Pillsbury-Charousek matchy would have been a real slobber-knocker.They only played each other twice: a 54 move draw at Nuremburg 1896,and a 66 move win for Charousek at Budapest the same year.
bluebabygirl 29 ( +1 | -1 )
to myway316 a Charousek and Pillsbury match now there would be a dream match if ever there was one !! much as i would want Charousek TO WIN THAT ONE . I MUST GIVE MY VOTE TO PILLSBURY WINNING! your right about there being parallels between them . yours bluebabygirl
sneaky 16 ( +1 | -1 )
check out his games www.chessgames.com/player/rudolf_rezso_ch
arousek.html - 181 games by Charousek
calmrolfe 88 ( +1 | -1 )
Pillsbury Pillsbury was OK healthwise up to him playing at St Petersburg, where he contracted syphillis, which he later died from. He was a brilliant player and I have all the chess books which feature him in my chess collection.

If I was cast away on a desert island I would be happy so long as I had a copy of his greatest games with me.......

Harry Nelson Pillsbury was also the whisky drinking operator of the great chess automaton, Ajeeb. Even though he was often inebriated I don't think he ever lost a single game of chess or checkers whilst in command of the automaton. For a dime any member of the public could challenge the machine to a game.

His victory at Hastngs 1895 ahead of a talented field was one of the shocks of the century. I am also a fan of the "Black Death"......Joseph Henry Blackburne, who was also a whisky drinker of renown......perhaps I just admire heavy drinkers !!!

Kind regards,

Cal
myway316 43 ( +1 | -1 )
How about this,Calmfolfe? A (hypothetical) drinking match between Pillsbury,Blackburne,Alekhine,Tchigorin,Mason,and Tal-the world champ topers of the Chess world. My money's on Tal-none of his innerds worked,so the booze wouldn't affect him all that much! A Tal story:The Soviet Government was trying to cut down on the people drinking so much. A headline in Pravda said:"State vs.Vodka." When Tal saw it,he said:"I'll play for the Vodka team!" Typical Mischa!
bluebabygirl 6 ( +1 | -1 )
to myway316 I'M TOO YOUNG TO DRINK BUT I WOULD PLAY FOR ANY TEAM IN HONOR OF TAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
vietnamese_girl_18 60 ( +1 | -1 )
CalRolfe writes:
>For a dime any member of the public could
>challenge the machine to a game.

Ah, the good old days of chess masters playing in automatons. I'd certainly pay a dime to play a game against a John Nunn stuck pulling levers in some box!

bluebabygirl writes:
> i am 15 year old girl that studies chess history
> with a passion

--well, you remind me of myself a few years ago (I think I put my B'day in wrong because it says I'm 20 in my profile, but I'm 19). You don't find too many teenage girls toting around chess books and more interested in Najdorf than N'Sync.

Sarah Tran
bluebabygirl 71 ( +1 | -1 )
re to SARAH TRAN YES NAJDORF IS A VERY GOOOD ONE TO LOOK AT ALSO .HOWEVER RUBINSTEIN IS EVEN BETTER AS MY PERSONAL CHOICE!!!AND BEING 15 AND LOVING CHESS HISTORY , WELL I STARTED LOVING HISTORY OF THE GAME WAY BEFORE I COULD REALLY PLAY IT . OF COURSE AFTER YOU START PLAYING BETTER SO UP GOES THE LOVE OF THE GAME AND LOVE OF ITS VERY VERY RICH HISTORY !!!!AND ABOUT TOTING AROUND CHESS BOOKS , I RATHER CARRY A 100 POUNDS OF CHESS BOOKS ON MY HEAD , THAN 10 POUNDS OF LIPSTICK AND MAKEUP IN MY PURSE!!!!! I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND IF INDEED WE ARE SIMILAR THE HONOR IS ALL MINE P..S.. I WOULD LIKE TO ADD YOU TO MY BUDDY LIST , HOPE YOU WILL ACCEPT!!,, yours bluebabygirl
vietnamese_girl_18 66 ( +1 | -1 )
Najdorf wouldn't be my favorite either -- but I chose him because I wanted the beginning sound of the player to match that of a boyband (don't ask me why). Couldn't think of any that match Alekhine!

>I RATHER CARRY A 100 POUNDS OF CHESS BOOKS >ON MY HEAD , THAN 10 POUNDS OF LIPSTICK AND >MAKEUP IN MY PURSE!!!!!

Well, you beat me! I think the maximum I'd balance on my head would be 5 pounds -- any more would probably affect my already bad posture. I might go up to 10 pounds, but only if they were really good books!

Also, no problem about the buddy list, though I'm not sure what that is. I am not too often online, though. Talk to you soon!

Sarah
bluebabygirl 16 ( +1 | -1 )
to - sarah band to match alekhine maybe close is band named APRIL WINE . I HEARD MY DAD SAY THEY WERE GREAT BACK IN HIS DAY . PROBABLY 40 YEARS AGO ,,.. LOL ,,, BYE bbg
badjessie 9 ( +1 | -1 )
he was great player but died before he peaked . i plan on peaking before i die . later
bluebabygirl 5 ( +1 | -1 )
A VERY SAD ENDING FOR SUCH A GREAT PLAYER!! -bbg