Great Name for a Chess Player

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Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by John Moore » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:42 pm

In the Dubai open today (Rd 8) I noticed that the top board pairing was Romain Edouard against the magnificently named Anuar Ismagambetov, a Grandmaster from Kazakhstan. Mr Ismagambetov is a (relatively) lowly rated 2493 but is having a great tournament as befits a man with a great name.

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Post by John Upham » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:59 pm

In an infamous LCL match between London Central YMCA and Hendon a home player called U. Avbinconned played for CentYMCA (not sure which board).

Allegedly Mr. U. Avbinconned was working out in the weights room before Hendon showed up to play a home team which had not arrived.
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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by Andrew Martin » Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:43 pm

It was certainly quite amusing to see the Hendon player write U Avebincond's name on his scoresheet as the clock ticked down to the inevitable default win.

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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by Mike Truran » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:36 pm

Vladimir Kalashnikov seems well up there in the pantheon of top chess player names.

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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by Phil Neatherway » Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:41 pm

Can you really beat Stuart Conquest?

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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by Paul Habershon » Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:06 pm

'Can you really beat Stuart Conquest?'

Must be an old chestnut, but I guess Ken Norman must have had White against him.

We're on to Potty Pairings now (cf now defunct Chess Addicts column in 'Chess'). One of my best as organiser of a school chess club was Wade-Anker. Also Little-Meaney and Singleton-King.

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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by John Upham » Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:23 pm

I have captained an Almond-Tart encounter.
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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by Stewart Reuben » Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:10 pm

If you want your male baby to be a good chessplayer, change your last name to Garcia and name him John or Jonathan. Rodriguez is the runner-up.

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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by David Sedgwick » Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:19 pm

Paul Habershon wrote:'Can you really beat Stuart Conquest?'

Must be an old chestnut, but I guess Ken Norman must have had White against him.
Yes, in the Isle of Man one year.

Sadly, to the best of my knowledge, that pairing has never happened at Hastings.

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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by Nick Burrows » Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:19 pm

I will raise you Maria Mate from Cowley Chess club.

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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by Jon Mahony » Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:39 pm

American player Sylvester Smarty is a pretty good one :)
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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by Nevil Chan » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:40 pm

Back in 1977 SCCU U18 Champs, I celebrated winning best game prize against my present boss with a bottle of Chan-Pein.

Almost had Chin-Chan in Harrow match against Hackney...except Frank was Black. :mrgreen:
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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by David Robertson » Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:03 pm

My musical eye was caught by 'Forsa, Elise' in the list for the forthcoming e2.e4 tourney

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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by Alex Holowczak » Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:16 pm

I'll add to the pairings: Neil Homer v Derek Simpson in an e2e4 at High Wycombe a few years ago.

And this guy in the grading database. :roll:
Nevil Chan wrote:Back in 1977 SCCU U18 Champs, I celebrated winning best game prize against my present boss with a bottle of Chan-Pein.
Prizes were less appropriate for junior tournaments in those days?!

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Re: Great Name for a Chess Player

Post by Phil Neatherway » Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:47 pm

I have captained a White v White game.

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