3. Stellar hour
A chess player’s life is like running up the stairs. He’s constantly going up the qualification steps. He wins a Zonal tournament, and then there’s Interzonal. Then you make the top three and become a Candidate. And then... | Read More
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