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    • On the hypothetical Botvinnik/Alekhine match

      Article by chess historian Sergey Voronkov. http://www.chesspro.ru/_events/2008/voronkov_rc45.html Right after the 13th USSR Championship, the first wartime chess conference took place. All the points of its agenda were fair for the time: intens... | Lees meer

      • Spektrowski
      • | 13 sep. 2014
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    • Possessed by Mikhail Tal?

      Yesterday, I won two games in a row, with White and Black, with a typical Tal-like "not fully correct" sacrifices at f7 and f2, with opponents failing to find best defence. Just a funny turn of events, nothing too flashy here.   | Lees meer

      • Spektrowski
      • | 1 sep. 2014
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    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 1

      Here are memories of Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky, an old-time Russian and Soviet player. Take note that those were published in old Soviet times, soon after Stalin's death. In that time, to get non-fiction books published, anyone and everyone... | Lees meer

      • Spektrowski
      • | 30 aug. 2014
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    • Yuri Averbakh remembers Mikhail Botvinnik

      Some fragments from his memoirs. Games added by me. World Champion's sparring partner When we were preparing for a match against USA, Botvinnik offered me to play a couple of training games. Of course, it was interesting to train with a World Ch... | Lees meer

      • Spektrowski
      • | 28 aug. 2014
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    • Yuri Averbakh remembers some old-time players

      Yuri Averbakh is currently the oldest living grandmaster (he's 92 years old). Here are some of his memories about old-time Soviet players. Games were picked by me. Nikolai Mikhailovich Zubarev (1894-1951). A thickset man with shaved head, always... | Lees meer

      • Spektrowski
      • | 27 aug. 2014
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    • Spassky vs. Polugaevsky 1961, with Spassky's autobiographical annotation.

      The game was annotated by Spassky somewhere in the 1990s. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 I remember the year 1950. I was a small boy back then. The Leningrad team got me to the Russian SFSR players, so that I could play "Chapayev" against Lyova. You know this... | Lees meer

      • Spektrowski
      • | 30 jul. 2014
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    • The Urusov brothers

      A small article from this blog. Both Urusov brothers, according to their father's wishes, were enrolled into the First St. Petersburg Military Corps in the early childhood. They graduated with high distinction and became the Guard officers. They ... | Lees meer

      • Spektrowski
      • | 24 apr. 2014
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    • It runs in the family

      My 5 years old daughter recently asked me to show how chess pieces move. Voila, today she drew me (not without advices from me, but still). Seems I'll have to find a chess teacher for her. | Lees meer

      • Spektrowski
      • | 21 apr. 2014
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    • Thoughts of a 'numerical sports historian'

      I cannot call myself a true historian. Real historical research usually involves much more than a few Google searches and translations. But in sports history, there's a particular niche I took much liking in. It's 'history in numbers' - or 'goals,... | Lees meer

      • Spektrowski
      • | 5 apr. 2014
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    • Dominant world champions and more

      Here's a table, based on chessgames.com metrics, of points scored by world champions and other leading grandmasters between each other. By 'leading grandmasters', I mean the following players: Everyone who played a World Championship match Everyo... | Lees meer

      • Spektrowski
      • | 3 apr. 2014
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      • | 12 reacties