Does the end justify the mean means?

A chess approach to it

If you think you have known all those ways of how to disturb and distract your chess opponent, read this: you will be amazed at how some people may be imaginative and what they may come up with.

Today we have a QUIZ: Can you guess who this Grandmaster is?


He was on the losing side in the game and then began trying everything possible to get out of it. Here’s how his opponent described it in a book he wrote later (translation from Russian is mine so it may not be perfect)

“In the course of the entire game, and especially after he realized he was going to lose it, GM ??? behaved very uncivilized, and tried various tricks to get me out of composure.”

“Our masters, brought up in the Soviet tradition of impeccable sports ethics, may read these lines with a great suprise.”

“The arsenal of techniques GM ??? employed was primitive and unrefined. He copied with “photo-precision” all my postures, my moves and body language, skillfully imitating a mirror.”

“While I was pondering my next move, he groaned and sniffed needlessly. He was pulling, as if by chance, a tethered pencil secured to the holder via a rubber band, making with it fanciful curves in the air, right in front of my face. He turned the chair around, sitting with his back to me, sighing heavily and pretending he was going to fall asleep.”

“And I can’t even remember what else!”

“Such was the moral character of one of the most prominent Grandmasters.”

Black gave White a real hard time here. Such an abundance of methods and techniques has rarely been seen at the chess board. It seems the guy really went too far. Do yo have any idea who this GM may have been?

Here is the game during which all happened. The commentary is from the book Selected Games written by the white player (translation from Russian MR).

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