Valderrama, Elmer (COL)  [member # 167]
Correspondence chess ELO : 2328
Next page : History (players connected to FICGS games server only)
See the personal page of Elmer Valderrama for more informations.
Statistics for rated correspondence chess games :
Running : 0 Won : 3 Lost : 0 Draw : 3
Elo average opponents : 2253
Results : 75 % With white : 66 % With black : 83 %
Statistics for other rated games : advanced chess, big chess, Go, poker
Birthdate : 1900 January 01
Last connection : 2007 April 1
* Blunders are all there, waiting to be made.
* Some part of a mistake is always correct.
* The winner of a game is the one who has made the next-to-last blunder.
* Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders.
* Sacrifices only prove that someone has blundered.
* Ich mache Fehler - also ich existiere! (I make errors, therefore I am!).
* Das Schach ist nur durch die Fehler existenzberechtigt (The existence of
chess can only be justified by the necessity of making errors).
* There is really only one mistake in chess - underestimating your opponent.
* To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game.
* Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do; strategy is
knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.
* The great master places a Knight at e5; mate follows by itself.
* Some Knights don't leap - they limp.
* A draw can be obtained normally by repeating three moves, but also by one
* Moral victories do not count.
* A threat is more powerful than its execution.
* It is always better to sacrifice your opponent's men.
* Let 'S' be the strength that a player professes, And 's' represent what in
fact he possesses, From a small calculation we reach the conclusion that 'S'
minus 's' must equal Illusion.
* All chessplayers should have a hobby.
* A chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have
the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the
third... when you know you're going to lose!.
* Reti studies mathematics although he is not a dry mathematician; represents
Vienna without being Viennese; was born in old Hungary yet he does not know
Hungarian; speaks uncommonly rapidly only in order to act all the more
maturely and deliberately; and will become the best chessplayer without,
however, becoming world champion.
* I had a toothache during the first game. In the second game I had a
headache. In the third game it was an attack of rheumatism. In the fourth
game, I wasn't feeling well. And in the fifth game? Well, must one have to
win every game?.
-All quotes by Dr. Savielly Tartakower, (as compiled by Terry Crandall on The Game is Afoot