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    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 2

      Read part 1 here. In 1905, I visited Warsaw and Lodz. In Warsaw, I visited the Semadani Cafe, the city's chess center. I remember meeting Poland's strongest players. First of all, I should name the elderly chess veteran Szymon Winawer. He was ... | Read More

    • Just wanted to share a game

      I don't play particularly good, but sometimes I do manage to put out a nice game. I'm satisfied with the attack, though the opponent did help me at a couple of points. | Read More

    • List of cities that hosted World Chess Championships

      Amsterdam, Netherlands Euwe (Netherlands) vs. Alekhine (France) 1935 (some games) Alekhine (France) vs. Euwe (Netherlands) 1937 (some games) Karpov (Russia) vs. Timman (Netherlands) 1993 FIDE (some games) Arnhem, Netherlands Karpov (Russia) v... | Read More

    • Anatoly Karpov 2007 Ukrainian TV interview. Part 2 - Kasparov and other events

      Read part 1 here.   I TOLD YAKOVLEV: "YOU LIKE KASPAROV? OK, YOU CAN BUILD HIM A GOLDEN PALACE OR SOMETHING, BUT WHY DO YOU BADGER ME?" I think that your confrontation with Garry Kasparov was also very sharp and political. You've already menti... | Read More

    • Anatoly Karpov's 2007 Ukrainian TV interview. Part 1: Fischer and Korchnoi

      http://www.gordon.com.ua/tv/a-karpov/   There was always much more politics than sports in the Soviet chess. For the ruling Communist regime, chess has become a symbol of unrivaled intellectual prowess. The whole big country, from Moscow to far... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Nov 26, 2014
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    • Average age and age differences of World Championship matches

      Ages are given for the day of the first game. Winner of the match (or champion retaining his title) is in bold. Kramnik vs. Leko still remains the only World Championship match in history in which both players weren't 30 yet. Average age 1892: ... | Read More

    • 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... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Sep 13, 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.   | Read More

    • 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... | Read More

    • 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... | Read More