Friday, February 09, 2007

Who?

"Soviet-style, I was not very concerned about hygiene. In my suitcase
there were a few sets of underwear, which I had brought with me from
Leningrad. Karin did not know how to conduct herself, but my behaviour
seriously irritated her. And one day she exclaimed: 'My husband changes
his underwear everyday!' And I remembered this phrase all my life."

... but who is our grandmaster?

3 comments:

ejh said...

Anybody trying to look this up on Google, by the way, will find that the only reference is to this blog entry!

Slalic said...

I have no idea of the answer but it reminds me of when a Rumanian GM turned up to an 11 round tournament in a hot climate with a tiny overnight bag and a computer.
"Hey, that can't be all your clothes in there" I commented. "Yes it is" he smiled, "I'm not trying to look for a woman you know".

Jonathan B said...

It was Victor Korchnoi, the quote taken from his biography "Chess is my Life".

Apparently he suffered a certain culture shock after defecting to the west.