Valery Salov & Andrei Sokolov "quitting"chess

  • #1

    Anybody know why these two players basically stopped playing near the peaks of their careers?

    Back in the day, it was big news when James Tarjan quit chess to become a librarian. Yet he had no where near the talent of these two, who had each played in Candidate matches.

    Any info is appreciated!

  • #2
  • #3

    Sokolov didn't stop playing, but he stopped playing on the level he reached around the middle of the 1980s, when he did really well in a few events, Keene and Divinsky ranked him a bit too high in Warriors of the Mind though:

    http://chess.eusa.ed.ac.uk/Chess/Trivia/AlltimeList.html

  • #4

    Thank you both! The article on Salov was one I hadn't read before & it was enlightening. Again, thank you.

  • #5
    fabelhaft wrote:

    Sokolov didn't stop playing, but he stopped playing on the level he reached around the middle of the 1980s, when he did really well in a few events, Keene and Divinsky ranked him a bit too high in Warriors of the Mind though:

     

    http://chess.eusa.ed.ac.uk/Chess/Trivia/AlltimeList.html

    That list is a joke. Where is Batgirl!!?

  • #6
    beardogjones wrote:
    fabelhaft wrote:

    Sokolov didn't stop playing, but he stopped playing on the level he reached around the middle of the 1980s, when he did really well in a few events, Keene and Divinsky ranked him a bit too high in Warriors of the Mind though:

     

    http://chess.eusa.ed.ac.uk/Chess/Trivia/AlltimeList.html

    That list is a joke. Where is Batgirl!!?

    That list is hard to understand for many reasons. Polugaevsky 35 places ahead of Steinitz? Geller, Stein and Bronstein ahead of Alekhine? Furman 27 places ahead of Tarrasch?

    Making a list based on playing strength is one thing, then of course Carlsen and Aronian would be far ahead of Steinitz, but this list has Morphy ahead of Tal and Alekhine so it can't be a question of playing strength. And if it is career achievements, how on earth can Steinitz be dozens of places below players like Furman and Polugaevsky?

  • #7

    The list makes Keene and Divinsky look like, pardon my French, dumbfacqueurs.

  • #8

    Let's make it happen!

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