Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pestano: Sore losers in chess

Thursday, July 11, 2013

THE pain of losing is greater than the joy of winning and in any competitive sport, there are always the bad losers.
In the book, “The Complete Chess Addict (James and Fox),” the authors highlighted mention several instances of sore losers.
Former world champion Alexander Alekhine, a temperamental loser, once hurled his king across the room after losing to Ernst Grunfeld in a tournament in Vienna in 1922.
In 1923, Alekhine again smashed all the furniture in his hotel room after losing a game to Rudolf Spielmann.
Another temperamental loser, Aron Nimzowitsch, in a tournament in Berlin, instead of just resigning, leapt on to his chair and bellowed across the tournament hall, “Why must I lose to this idiot?”
Another unnamed Danish player, who lost as a result of a finger slip involving his queen, snuck back into the tournament hall at dead of night and cut the heads off all the queen pieces.
Bill Wall posted in the net some instances of not losing amiably.
In 1895, Curt von Bardeleben, about to lose the game against Steinitz, walked out of the room to lose on time rather than resign and did not come back. He lost after 50 minutes.
The Reverend Arthur Skipworth was a poor loser. He had the habit of suddenly getting “ill” when he lost a few games, then would petition the tournament committee to return his entry fee due to his poor health. He did that throughout his playing career in the mid-19th century.
Lenin was a chess player, but gave it up because he was a sore loser. Maxim Gorky wrote that Lenin “grew angry when he lost, even sulking rather childishly.”
Marlon Brando was an average chess player, but poor loser. Whenever he lost a game of chess, he would knock all the pieces off the board and say, “I’m bored.”
In 1959, a Soviet scientist killed another Soviet scientist at a research station in Vostok, Antarctica after a chess game argument. The losing player got so mad, he killed his opponent with an axe. After the incident, the Soviets banned chess at their Antarctic stations.
In the 1980s, the Soviet Union also banned cosmonauts from playing chess in space with each other after a fist fight once broke out between cosmonauts playing chess.
In 1969, Danny Kopec, who later became an International Master, lost a game to a person he beat in his first tournament. In a temper tantrum, he threw all his chess sets and magazines down an incinerator.
In the 1990s, Soviet Grandmaster Semion Dvoirys threw his shoe across a tournament hall in the Netherlands after he lost a game. He was known to beat his head on the floor with great force when he lost.
Cepca Rapid The following boys and girls were the top winners in the 7 rounds Swiss 16-under tournament last weekend at Deep Blue in SM City. The top 3 winners will be sent to the Batang Pinoy competition later this year.
Boys:1.) Kyle Sevillano (6.5) 2. Felix Shaun Balbona (6.5) 3.) Jethro Claro (6.0) 4.
Christian Pondoyo (5.5) 5 to 13. James Balbona, Duane Borgonia, Jeremy Pepito, Edzel Vosotros, Adrian Basilgo, Glexan Derotas, Abugan Linus, Jose Adolfo Jr. ,James Paraon.
Girls:1.) Laila Nadera (6.5) 2.) Vic Glyzen Derotas (6) 3-7 Sheila Diloy, Jeremy Bajo, Alphecca Gonzales, Cherry Caballes, Gwyneth Claro.
There were 66 boys and 40 girls who competed.
Shell the Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships Visayas Leg will be held tomorrow and Sunday at the SM City Cebu Event Center.
The annual tournament will feature two divisions for both boys and girls. The Juniors class is for players 20 years old and below, while the Kiddies division is for players in the 6 to 14 years age bracket.
For details contact Odillion Badilles at 0906-8964698.

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