Henri Weenink. White to play and win
My choice is determined by the simplicity of the study, interesting move ideas and some elements of surprise.
It's clear that White can't win with "simple" moves. If Bishop goes to d3, e4 or f5, White will lo... | Read More
Compiled by Gia Nadareishvili, Grandmaster for chess compositions (1921-1991). Presented as puzzles (see move lists for variants and annotations).
Alexey Troitsky. White to play and draw.
An ingenious idea. White try to Queen their pawn with che... | Read More
What were your sporting targets at the 1974 Championship?
Essentially, I didn't play any chess in the first half of the year, but after the Olympiad, my schedule was very intense: 96 games in half a year, with short breaks. So I didn't count on a... | Read More
From the 64 newspaper, 24th July 1968
My impressions about Grandmaster Mikhail Tal were always clear enough, but only after our match I have finally witnessed his true chess make-up. First and foremost (it may even sound paradoxical for those wit... | Read More
Footage from the Seven Steps Beyond Horizon documentary
Subtitles: Grandmaster M. Tal, blindfold simultaneous display
Announcer: Board six, Nb8 to c6.
M. Tal: c3 takes d4.
Announcer: Board eight, d6 takes e5.
M. Tal: e4 to e5 (? Both Ta... | Read More
All ages are given at the day of the tournament's beginning.
The oldest player to take part in the USSR Championship:
Vasily Smyslov - 67 years, 4 months, 1 day (1988)
Vladas Mikenas - 60 years, 7 months, 8 days (1970)
Grigory Levenfish - ... | Read More
The whole program was posted on Youtube on Summer. I have discovered it only recently and translated all that was said and made the TV cut. It differs from my other blog posts about that interview in one thing: I translated Tal's words directly,... | Read More
In 1919, Alexander Alekhine worked at a film studio in USSR. A man entered the lobby and asked to see someone from the educational department.
"I'm listening, Mr. Poluektov", Alekhine said.
"Do we know each other?" the visitor asked, puzzled.
"... | Read More
Here's your chance to learn some fascinating facts about the USSR Championship players, including those you probably never heard about!
Most points scored in all USSR Championships, top 10: Mark Taimanov - 243; Efim Geller - 233.5; Lev Polugaevsk... | Read More
This game was played at the 1988 USSR Championship. Vasily Smyslov, 68 at the time, shows his 19 years old namesake that he's still a formidable opponent.
Annotated by Vasily Smyslov and Garry Kasparov.
Another game from the same tournament. Sm... | Read More