"I fear nobody but the dentist"

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JustinHorton
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"I fear nobody but the dentist"

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:28 am

I recall this quote being attributed to Viktor Korchnoi. I can find reference to it here but is there a contemporary print source for the line?
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Re: "I fear nobody but the dentist"

Post by Matt Fletcher » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:47 am

Here's something from 1981 - not quite contemporary but getting there:

http://www.si.com/vault/1981/10/19/8260 ... ng-blitzed

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Re: "I fear nobody but the dentist"

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:17 am

Matt Fletcher wrote:Here's something from 1981 - not quite contemporary but getting there:
The 1981 piece attributes it to an interview before or about the 1978 match.

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Re: "I fear nobody but the dentist"

Post by James Pratt » Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:03 am

It is quoted in Hartston/Keene's book from Oxford University Press on the 1974 Candidates Final.

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Re: "I fear nobody but the dentist"

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:21 pm

Aha! Thanks very much. I knew I'd read it somewhere but I thought it might be Ray's 1978 book, where I couldn't find it.

You couldn't give us a page reference?
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Re: "I fear nobody but the dentist"

Post by Kay Joslin P » Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:03 pm

JustinHorton wrote:Aha! Thanks very much. I knew I'd read it somewhere but I thought it might be Ray's 1978 book, where I couldn't find it.

You couldn't give us a page reference?
It's on page 33 (Game 3). The full quote reads, "I am afraid only of the dentist, and of nothing else in the world".

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Re: "I fear nobody but the dentist"

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:18 pm

Thanks!
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"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

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Re: "I fear nobody but the dentist"

Post by PeterTurland » Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:19 pm

I revolt on behalf of dentists.

A good few years ago, because of loose teeth in the upper jaw, I had them removed, now because I forget to take them out sometimes, the routine of teeth removal and placing in a goblet of Steradent escapes me sometimes. My mouth is now happier because of it's articiality.

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