This page is dedicated to short funny anecdotes that happend around the chess board. Most of the materials are sent by our fellow readers, so a big thanks goes to all of them. We hope you will enjoy the funny events. For longer stories (as the one about Kasparov or Matulovic) you may want to visit the anecdotes section.
This story happened at the Spain vs USA on the 13th Chess Olympiad, Munich 1958. On third board were playing Toran and Bisguier. When the American master resigned, Toran said with a smile, “I am so happy, it is the best present for my birthday!” The opponent replied, “It’s all right, today happens to be my birthday too”
Many years ago, US champion of that day GM Larry Evans, was playing a simul in the Mental institution in New York. He made pretty good result but some tall guy was playing absolutely brilliant and has demolished the Grandmaster. At the parting Larry congratulated to the winner once again and this one said: “Mister Evans. For one it’s not indispensable to be crazy so he could play good, but it really helps alot
GM Svetozar Gligoric in an interview:”…I also experienced an interesting case of concentration. It happened while I was playing in England. I got up from my board and noticed my wife. I realized that her face was familiar and I said ‘Good afternoon!’. She ran away…”
A chess player went to buy a chess book from a shop. He picked it up, went to the counter and asked, “Excuse me, how much does the book cost?” The lady at the counter replied, “This one is $150.” The chess player left the book carefully on the counter, said “J’adoube” and quickly went out of the shop.
We started our section of jokes in April 2006 exactly with a Jadoube joke