Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"Topalov brings toliets and computer cheating onto the front pages of every newspaper in the world"

Last night i followed the online live game of Kramnik-Shirov (Round5) Tal Memorial 2007 at the Internet Chess Club (ICC). I've read an interesting quote by retired IM Kim Commons (handle-Kingway) regarding the contribution of World Champion Vishy Anand and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov to the popularity of chess .

"Kingway(IM) kibitzes: amongst the top GMs, I would put Anand as the one whose has done the most to make chess more popular. Topalov the most to hurt the popularity of chess. Kramnik doesn't score either on the plus or minus side
Kingway(IM) kibitzes: Anand, on the plus side, for making chess wildly popular in India.

Kingway(IM) kibitzes: Topalov for bringing toliets and computer cheating onto the front pages of every newspaper in the world"

KIM S COMMONS(born Jul-23-1951) United States of America
Kim Steven Commons was born in Lancaster, California in 1951. In 1972, he won the California State Championship. He was awarded the IM title in 1976 and in that year won three international tournaments in Bulgaria: Plovdiv, Primorsko (1st=) and Odessos.
IM Kim Commons was a member of the victorious USA team at the Haifa Olimpiad in 1976. In fact, he had the best score of the entire event! Unfortunetly i can't found his photo anywhere.

Below is his victory over the young GM John Nunn In Haifa Olympiad 1976!

John Nunn - Kim S Commons [B94]
Haifa ol (Men) Haifa (7), 11.1976
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nc6 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.Be2 Qb6 9.Nb3 f5 10.Nd5 Qd8 11.exf5 Bxf5 12.0–0 Bg7 13.Bd3 Bg6 14.f4 e6 15.Ne3 Qb6 16.Qf3 Bxd3 17.cxd3 Nd4 18.Nxd4 Bxd4 19.Rae1 Qxb2 20.f5 e5 21.Kh1 Bxe3 22.Qxe3 Rg8 23.Rf2 Qb4 24.Qc1 Rd8 25.f6 Rg6 26.Re4 Qb6 27.Rf3 Kd7 28.Rc4 Rdg8 29.Rc2 Rg4 30.d4 Rxd4 31.Rfc3 Rb4 32.Rc7+ Ke6 33.Qf1 Rf4 34.Qe2 Kxf6 35.h3 Kg7 36.g3 Kh8 37.Rc1 Rf2 38.Qd3 Qb2 39.R1c2 Rxc2 0–1

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