This is an excerpt from an old book about women's chess in USSR by the third Women's World Champion Elizabeth Bykova. The article was written in 1950 or 1951, before Bykova herself became a champion.
WOMEN'S WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP IN MOSCOW
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Read part 4 here.
HAMBURG 1910 INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
18 players took part in the Hamburg international tournament, including Schlechter, Marshall, Tarrasch, Spielmann, Teichmann and those who represented Russia at the time - Alekhine, Nimzowi... | Read More
Part 3 here
1909 CHIGORIN MEMORIAL
The international tournament in St. Petersburg was dedicated to memory of the great Russian chess player Mikhail Chigorin who died in 1908. So, Chigorin's dream of organizing a big international tournament in R... | Read More
Part 2 here
After I got back to Moscow from Karlsbad, one Moscow chess player came to me and told me that he saw a future chess world champion in one teenager. I've always been wary of promising "wonderkids", thinking that it was impossible to tr... | Read More
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
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
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)
Karpov (Russia) v... | Read More
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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
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
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.
1892: ... | Read More