An interesting insight as to why Korchnoi was disliked by Soviet authorities and chess society in 1970s. He didn't exactly make many friends.
How I fell out with Korchnoi and Karpov
In 1973, there were two Interzonals in Leningrad and Petropolis... | Read More
This game was played in a double round-robin playoff for the 1956 USSR Championship. Averbakh and Spassky were both tired after the main tournament, and this obviously showed.
Annotated by Yuri Averbakh.
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Vasily Panov. "Before the New Difficult Battles"
(The part about Petrosian - Korchnoi match is omitted)
Now let's discuss the match between two foreign stars: Robert Fischer, 28, USA, and Bent Larsen, 36, Denmark; it's kind of inappropriate now ... | Read More
From the old 64 newspapers.
As a foreword: prognosis by Igor Bondarevsky, Boris Spassky's coach. Incredibly spot on, both about Fischer and Korchnoi.
Many commentators and especially the public wait impatiently for the match between Robert Fisch... | Read More
THE TOURNAMENT WINNERS' PROFILES
The World Champion, Master of Sports Lyudmila Vladimirovna Rudenko was born on 27th July 1904 in Lubny, Ukraine, in a teacher's family. Father taught her chess when she was 10 years old. In 1925,... | Read More
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
Si... | Read More
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