Which GM's have you met in person?

JeffGreen333

Please list the Grandmasters that you have met in person and where you met them.  Just seeing them at a tournament doesn't count.  You had to have actually talked to them.  

Here's my list:

Roman Dzindzichashvili (talked to him at a tournament in Greenville, SC)

Dmitry Gurevich (talked to him at a tournament in Jacksonville, Fl.)

Michael Rhode (played against him in a simul in Melbourne, Fl. and discussed the game afterwards)

Martin_Stahl

Timur Gareev. 2015 US Championsip Opening Ceremony.

 

I'm not really a people person so missed my chance to formally meet any others then.

pam234

Nigel Short. Played against him in a simultaneous in 1975. Got a draw.

JeffGreen333
Martin_Stahl wrote:

Timur Gareev. 2015 US Championsip Opening Ceremony.

 

I'm not really a people person so missed my chance to formally meet any others then.

Me either.   I guess I was more sociable back then though.   lol

JeffGreen333
pam234 wrote:

Nigel Short. Played against him in a simultaneous in 1975. Got a draw.

Nice job.  You drew Nigel Short, eh?   You must be pretty good.   I lost in my simul.  

pam234

In 1975 he was 13 and I was 18. I was a much stronger player then too.

Morphysrevenges
  • Yassir Seirawan - he spoke at seattle chess club, talked to him in store at inside chess.

Anatoly Karpov - worked on stage demo boards for his match against johann in quarterfinals.

Johann Hjartsen - same place as Karpov 

Maurice Ashley - taught a scholastic coaches clinic I attended

Paul Morphy - I channel him frequently when I play. Hate when I get mixed signals and start channeling Homer Simpson by accident. Game kind of goes south from there.....................

JeffGreen333
Morphysrevenges wrote:
Yassir Seirawan - he spoke at seattle chess club, talked to him in store at inside chess.

Anatoly Karpov - worked on stage demo boards for his match against johann in quarterfinals.

Johann Hjartsen - same place as Karpov 

Maurice Ashley - taught a scholastic coaches clinic I attended

Paul Morphy - I channel him frequently when I play. Hate when I get mixed signals and start channeling Homer Simpson by accident. Game kind of goes south from there.....................

Very impressive list.  Especially Karpov.  Did Maurice Ashley ever make GM?   I thought the highest he got was IM.   And Paul Morphy doesn't count.  lol

indurain

Boris Spassky.

He delivered a lecture here in Dublin (Ireland) at Trinity College in late 1980's. The man is a gentleman. 

I asked him if he had heard from Bobby Fischer and he said that he had but that out of respect for Bobby he would not reveal what they had talked about!

JeffGreen333
indurain wrote:

Boris Spassky.

He delivered a lecture here in Dublin (Ireland) at Trinity College in late 1980's. The man is a gentleman. 

I asked him if he had heard from Bobby Fischer and he said that he had but that out of respect for Bobby he would not reveal what they had talked about!

 

Awesome.  I see that a few of you have actually met World Champions.   Too cool.

Morphysrevenges

yes, Maurice is a GM

indurain
JeffGreen333 wrote:
indurain wrote:

Boris Spassky.

He delivered a lecture here in Dublin (Ireland) at Trinity College in late 1980's. The man is a gentleman. 

I asked him if he had heard from Bobby Fischer and he said that he had but that out of respect for Bobby he would not reveal what they had talked about!

 

Awesome.  I see that a few of you have actually met World Champions.   Too cool.

I count myself very lucky.

Boris Spassky was delivering a lecture at Trinity. 

He was also interviewed on Ireland's most popular TV chat show at the time and he came across really well on that too. And absolute gent.

JeffGreen333
indurain wrote:   I count myself very lucky.  Boris Spassky was delivering a lecture at Trinity.  He was also interviewed on Ireland's most popular TV chat show at the time and he came across really well on that too. And absolute gent.
I'm sure that he was a lot nicer than Bobby Fischer.  lol   
Tom_Brady_SB49_Champ

my uncle, GM

Laxman, R.R. mabye you heard of him

fianchetto123
JeffGreen333 wrote:
Morphysrevenges wrote:
Yassir Seirawan - he spoke at seattle chess club, talked to him in store at inside chess.

Anatoly Karpov - worked on stage demo boards for his match against johann in quarterfinals.

Johann Hjartsen - same place as Karpov 

Maurice Ashley - taught a scholastic coaches clinic I attended

Paul Morphy - I channel him frequently when I play. Hate when I get mixed signals and start channeling Homer Simpson by accident. Game kind of goes south from there.....................

Very impressive list.  Especially Karpov.  Did Maurice Ashley ever make GM?   I thought the highest he got was IM. 

Ashley is indeed a grandmaster.

GodsPawn2016

Boris Spassky

Walter Browne

Sam Shankland

Larry Christansen

Peter Biyiasis

Vinay Bhat

Sergey Kudrin

Jesse Krai

Lubomir Kavalek

Enrico Sevillano

JeffGreen333
GodsPawn2016 wrote:

Boris Spassky

Walter Browne

Sam Shankland

Larry Christansen

Peter Biyiasis

Vinay Bhat

Sergey Kudrin

Jesse Krai

Lubomir Kavalek

Enrico Sevillano

 

Nice list.  There are a couple of U.S. Champions and a World Champion on that list.   Do you play a lot of open sections in tournaments? 

JeffGreen333
Morphysrevenges wrote:

yes, Maurice is a GM

You are correct,  He became a GM in 1999.   Back in the "old days", he was an IM.   

JeffGreen333
Tom_Brady_SB49_Champ wrote:

my uncle, GM

Laxman, R.R. mabye you heard of him

I've never heard of him, but he is a GM.  I just looked him up.  

GodsPawn2016
JeffGreen333 wrote:
GodsPawn2016 wrote:

Boris Spassky

Walter Browne

Sam Shankland

Larry Christansen

Peter Biyiasis

Vinay Bhat

Sergey Kudrin

Jesse Krai

Lubomir Kavalek

Enrico Sevillano

 

Nice list.  There are a couple of U.S. Champions and a World Champion on that list.   Do you play a lot of open sections in tournaments? 

WOW...I forgot the biggest name on the list.  Max Euwe. I met Euwe, Spassky, and Browne at a tournament at the Paul Masson winery back in the day. 

I have played in a couple of opens, but generally im not that good so i play up to play in them.  I have generally met these guys at tournaments, and for whatever reason hit it off with them.  

Some friends and I played Pai Gow last March in Reno with Enrico Sevillano.  Great guy!