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    • A small Alexander Alekhine anecdote

      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

      • Spektrowski
      • | Oct 17, 2012
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    • Some USSR Chess Championship statistics and records

      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

    • Smyslov takes on Ivanchuk... and wins

      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

      • Spektrowski
      • | Sep 11, 2012
      • | 1178 views
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    • Moscow 1925 Tournament: Player's Diary by Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky, part 1

      I provided this classical Ilyin-Zhenevsky article (published in 1926) with some stats and links to the mentioned games. When just a year ago, at the 3rd Soviet Chess Congress, someone requested to organize an international chess tournament in Mos... | Read More

    • "He who hated draws", part 5

      For the next game, let's quote Edward Lasker. "This game's result had a large impact on destinies of three outstanding chess players. The undeserved loss had become a drama of his life for Janowski. Capablanca, after winning the game, won the w... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Jan 16, 2012
      • | 3128 views
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    • "He who hated draws": Dawid Janowski, the gambler

      Dawid Janowski had two passions in his life - chess and gambling. He would visit a casino whenever there's a chance, often losing hefty sums in one night. Here's a recollection of some less-known gambling episodes from Janowski's life by Oleg Skur... | Read More

    • "He who hated draws", special feature 2: Ostende and Barmen 1905 report

      A very interesting report about the Ostend 1905 tournament from Grigory Ge, Russian actor, playwright and a friend of Mikhail Chigorin. Supplemented by Dawid Janowski's games compiled by Sergey Voronkov and Dmitry Plisetsky. Ostend, 12 June - ... | Read More

    • "He who hated draws", part 4

      "In this game, excellently played by both partners, Janowski, as always, tried to square the circle, or, speaking in more chess terms - to win an absolutely equal position." (G. Marco)   Here, Janowski played a "semi-correct" combination, one ... | Read More

    • A small "Famous people playing chess" anecdote

      Rodion Yakovlevich Malinovsky is not a name you'd find in chess books. The famous Marshal of the Soviet Union won his "games" on real battlefields of World War II, controlling much more than 16 pieces on the board. Nevertheless, chess was his hob... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Dec 12, 2011
      • | 6667 views
      • | 14 comments
    • "He who hated draws", special feature

      Readers asked me to post some winning games by Dawid Janowski. So, here they are - some truly brilliant products of his imagination. These combinations are given as puzzles. This game by the young Janowski was printed in many chess magazines. ... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Nov 25, 2011
      • | 3517 views
      • | 21 comments