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ChessBase 15 gfeld Mega package. Find the right combination! International Grandmaster Eduard Gufeld visited the Philippines for the last time in It was his fourth time in our country. In the course of our frequent meetings, we became very good friends.

My close association with him allowed me access to much personal information and enabled me to gather enough material to write an intimate article about him that got incorporated into his book of selected games. It was he who made me realize that each chessplayer has his own place in the chess world. Not everyone can become a world champion and, therefore, should not even aspire to be one; but each one can play an important role for the popularization and further development of chess.

One can contribute his share by being an author, an organizer, a sponsor, a trainer, a promoter, etc. Fufeld significantly, he opened my eyes, for the very first gufeeld, to the fact gfueld it is chess as art that will make it survive the test of time.

These insights of GM Gufeld should attract more people to chess. They should play, not so much for the prize money they stand to gain by winning in tournaments but, more importantly, for the pure enjoyment they can derive from it as an art form. People should actively participate in the popularization of the game, not merely as players, but in various capacities as well.

It was also Eduard who argued with me that the Elo Rating System could be greatly improved. The Elo Rating objectively measures only the sporting component. Admittedly they are subjective features; still, they should be quantifiable relative to a given set of standards. Otherwise, as we have learned from other disciplines, it would not be possible to pick the winners of an art or music competition or choose the Nobel laureates in the sciences.

For chess the artistic criterion could be the novelty of ideas and the scientific norm might be the accuracy of play. He suggested that the actual chess rating of a player should be computed as a combination of his ratings in all three components. He was fondly called Eddie or Edik by friends and admirers, of which there were legions in every country he had visited.

Everywhere Eduard went he made a lot of friends. He had the perfect ingredients for winning them: Who would not double up or be won over when in conversation he would self-deprecatingly explain that his was the least understood of the three types of English: Oxford, pidgin and Gufeld English.

He learned chess at the late age of 14, became a national master at 22, an international master at 28 and gained his grandmaster title in when he was 31, an advanced age by present standards, because he had been discriminated against and denied early exposure to international events where title norms are awarded.

To the enduring fortune of chess, Eduard chose to pursue a career that did not require regular participation in tournament competitions and so was able to focus on the artistic aspect of the game. For more than fifteen years, he coached the renowned supergrandmaster Yefim Geller who, during this period, consistently qualified in candidates matches for the world championship.


But then he could not play so much. Nonetheless, Eduard had many outstanding tournament results. He won first place in international tournaments such as TbilisiBarcelonaTbilisiHavanaWellingtonCanberra and Alushta Included among his collection of best games are beautiful wins against prominent players as well as world champions. In every tournament Eduard joined, his primary concern was to play his most brilliant game yet.

It mattered not whether he won or lost in the process. He did not appear interested in landing the top spot. That attitude certainly contributed to the convivial atmosphere of the competition. But there were unpleasant moments, too. He was emotionally impetuous as most artists are.

In an interview with Jerry Hanken, a noted American chess writer, Eduard was asked to explain what then is chess? Why not eliminate all the pieces altogether and just bang the clock back and forth? It is not chess when the results on the board and on the clock are out of sync. How can a mechanical instrument become more important than our brain? Sudden death time controls have destroyed the prestige of chess.

What is important is who is great, like in music — we have no champion, but we have Mussorgsky, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky. I just want to see the great games — the chess art — that the best players produce.

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Clocks have nothing to do with quality. I was in Seville, Spain, during the Kasparov-Karpov match in Championships should not be decided this way!

Chess is like music — the artistic element should come first. It is this game that is anthologized, and together with its players, remembered forever.

Prior to the collapse of the former Soviet Union inthe typical Soviet grandmaster lived a comfortable life. Eduard belonged to the intelligentsia, received a state pension and had great political influence. After the breakup, the government withdrew its support and many grandmasters, for lack of work opportunities in the economically devastated ex-Soviet republics, immigrated to other countries.

For some years, he spent much time in Malaysia under the patronage of his good friend, Dato Tan Chin Nam. To earn his keep, he assumed coaching duties to young and talented chessplayers and gave lectures in chess clubs and schools to promote chess education and culture.

Eduard was an experienced lecturer. He was articulate and his command of the English language was excellent. Government and private institutions in close to two dozen countries had played host to his animated and entertaining lectures.

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An impressed student, after attending one of these, could not contain his excitement and remarked that it was like watching a movie.

He got to like the balmy climate of that western state and found work there. He formed the GM Gufeld Chess Academy in his modest apartment building in North La Brea Avenue, where he gave chess lessons and played simultaneous exhibitions for a fee. He also coached professionally. He had many students and his academy was doing well. I need a promoter to help me get in to talk to school principals!

Eduard competed in nearly all of the major open tournaments in the United States of America. Eduard was a prolific chess writer, erudite in all the aspects of the game. Before I lost count, by the year he had written 57 books on diverse topics of chess — biographical, theoretical, practical, scholastic — translated in different languages.


This latter book is unique in chess literature. Every game presented therein is introduced by an inscription that honors a particular friend. At least six different editions of the book are in circulation. Two of them are in Russian, three in English translated by his Oxford-educated stepson Valery Kakeleshweli and one in Spanish. One of the English versions was published here. When Eduard ran out of copies for use in his academy, I would receive an overseas call from him requesting me to replenish his stock.

I had not heard from Eduard for a long while. He never sent me an e-mail. He did not have an account. A mutual friend of ours living in California did the service of communicating with me on his behalf.

According to our friend, Eduard seemed to have a phobia operating a computer. Or perhaps, he did not want to have to type his complex Gufeld English. He had suffered from a stroke following a heart attack and the failure of those around him he was at a card game to administer CPR.

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He was in critical condition in Midway Hospital in Los Angeles. Every other day, an updating e-mail followed. I dreaded opening them but had to muster the courage to face reality.

He was to be transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. I wanted to believe he was strong enough to be moved. The next e-mail reported that for two days he had bufeld unresponsive and was running a fever. In the afternoon of September 23,Eduard quietly passed away. I greatly miss my beloved friend. I was his best friend from my other part of the world, Eduard would warmly say. And he dedicated to me the game he won over Boris Spassky, my gufled hero. I lost a very dear friend in Eduard but chess lost so much more.

For seldom will there be found a multi-talented chess personality who is at once a grandmaster by title, chess journalist by education, chess author by avocation, chess promoter by profession, chess coach by gufepd, FIDE official by merit and chess artist by nature. Dearest Eddie, you will live in the heart and memory of eduzrd world chess fraternity for as long as chess is synonymous with beauty.

No other game ever gave him so much satisfaction — whenever he replayed it, he forgot all his misfortunes and enjoyed his dream that came true.

The annotations by Gufeld and Geller are to be found in Mega Database. Elmer Dumlao Sangalang studied engineering, taught mathematics and engineering courses in the undergraduate level, then joined the gifeld world. He ended up in the actuarial professiona discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in the insurance and finance industries actuaries are professionals who are qualified in this field through education and experience. Now in his retirement years he does consulting work in actuarial and applied mathematics.

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