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Friday, November 30, 2018

Fame Doesn't Last

     In a March interview with Authority Magazine Adrian Paul, an English actor known for his role on the television series Highlander: The Series (a Canadian-French fantasy science fiction action-adventure), told the interviewer that he wished people had told him that fame doesn’t last. 
     He thought that when you get a hit television show or star in a big movie you're set for life, but it's not true. He told an anecdote about a concert where the fans were raving about the show and were talking about the old guy on the piano: as a result of his performance, he would be famous...the old guy was Paul McCartney. 
     In my city there's a small, old time movie theater that hosts other events like plays, graduations and concerts on stage. One of the upcoming attractions is a guy named Ronnie Milsap. 
    Born in 1943, Milsap is a country music singer and pianist who was one of country music's most popular and influential performers of the 1970s and 1980s. He became one of the most successful and versatile country crossover singers of his time, appealing to both country and pop music markets with hit songs that incorporated pop, R and B and rock and roll elements. 
     He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014 where he stands along side other greats like Roy Acuff, Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Gene Autry, Chet Atkins, Garth Books, Glen Campbell and Dolly Parton, to name a few. Now, he's paying one night stands in places like here in Butt Crack, Ohio.
     The Lasker Variation (1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5) of the Sicilian Defense was originally named after the world champion. But, that wasn't quite fair because Emanuel Lasker only played it once, in his championship match with Karl Schlechter in 1910. Even earlier it appeared in the game James W. Hannah vs. Edward Lowe in 1857. 
     Later 5...e5 became known as the Pelikan Variation named after Jiri Pelikan who played it a few times in the 1950s. Then in the 1960's the Soviet GM Evgeny Sveshnikov investigated, played and popularized it and so his name came to be associated with it to the point that the Pelikan Variation pretty much ceased to exist and with it, the fame of Jiri Pelikan. 
     Jiri (Jorge) Pelikan (April, 1906 – July, 1984) was a Czech–Argentine master. Prior to World War Two he had modest results in Eurpoean tournaments, often finishing in the middle of the scoretable. 
     Following the outbreak of the war, Pelikan, along with many other participants of the 8th Olympiad, decided to stay permanently in Argentina. After the war he was a frequent competitor in many of the great South American tournaments, again he often finished somewhere in the middle of the pack. He was awarded the IM title in 1955 and in 1957 he was the first Argentine correspondence champion. 
     According to Chessmetrics his best results came in 1946 when he was assigned a rating of slightly over 2600. The ranked him with players like Carlos Guimard, Alexander Tolush, Al Horowitz, Gavrill Veresov, Igor Bondarevskyand Vitaly Chekhover, which when you think about it is pretty good company. 

Buenos Aires 1958 
1-3) Pelikan, Benzaquen and Esposito 7.0-3.0 
4) Piazzini 6.0-4.0 
5) Cruz 5.5-4.5 
6) Monostori 5.0-5.0 
7-8) Dominguez and Palermo 4.5-5.5 
9-10) Balduzzi and Naselli 3.5-6.5 
11) Estonllo 1.5-8.5 

    The following game by Pelikan is a good example of utilizing the hole on d5. He followed it up with a P-sac to created another hole on f5 after which black was doomed. A good example of how to utilize the hole on d5 after ...e5. A good example to compare this game with is the Smyslov-Rudakowsy game from the 1945 USSR Championship. 
     By the way, it's not really important but while looking for the Smylov game I noticed that in a post in the 1945 USSR Championship one poster commented that he thought I had mistakenly assigned Kotov 2nd place in that event where he actually tied for 4th. 
     In my post on Kotov I stated he finished second the 11th USSR championship and as a result Soviet authorities awarded him the Soviet GM title. The 11th USSR Championship was held in Leningrad 1939 and the 1945 event was the 14th Soviet Championship. And, it was the 1939 event (the 11th) that earned Kotov the Soviet GM title, the third to have obtained it. Botvinnik was the first in 1935 and Levenfish the second in 1937. All of this is confirmed in The Soviet School of Chess co-authored by Kotov himself. 

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