I came across a funny article on astrology and chess. It deals with the Zodiac signs of famous players. As a preview, I'll post twelve "Zodiacal Olympic" teams the author lined up. It was written several years ago, possible in 2004-2005.
Arie... | Read More
2. Tournaments, meetings, memories…
In 1980, at the Tilburg tournament, all players received a questionnaire, and one of the questions was, “What competition do you remember the most?” Not all grandmasters answered immediately – the... | Read More
The Ogonyok Library, #9, 1983.
1. Is it easy to play chess?
I often ask myself a sad question: for how long I'll still be able to play in tournaments? They say that chess can be played at any age. But alas, this is only a half-truth... Ye... | Read More
I don't want this article to look like epitaph, so I'll risk to offer you my only win in that ill-fated match. This game's character fits the general theme of our discussion.
The fifth game began with Larsen leading 3:1. Considering... | Read More
When intuition fails
In my game against I. Platonov (Alma-Ata, 1968/69, 36th USSR Championship) I got this position after Black's 19th move.
Though I think that the next example is even more instructive.
Misfortunes never come alone. The wors... | Read More
Mikhail Tal's article in 64, issues 34-36, 1969.
"All happy families are alike,
all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way."
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
The components of success
When I'm in form, I'm happy. I can do anything. That's wh... | Read More
Makogonov's performances started to decline after he turned 40, but he could still pack a good punch, and he showed that against the emerging new generation.
In Kiev 1944, he defeated a young David Bronstein in a complicated game under time press... | Read More
Sverdlovsk 1943 was a stellar performance by Makogonov: 8.5 out of 12, second only to Botvinnik (Chessmetrics gives this performance a historical rating of 2726).
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Makogonov defeats a reigning USSR champion GM Levenfish
And then utterly devastates Keres, who made it a point to get revenge against Makogonov after losing to him in 1939.
In the 1940 championship, Makogonov managed to beat Keres, Botvinnik a... | Read More
Vladimir Makogonov was born in Nakhichevan in 1904. During the 1930s and 1940s, he was one of the strongest players in USSR, with best results being 3rd in Leningrad-Moscow 1939 and 2nd in Sverdlovsk 1943. After the end of practical career, he bec... | Read More