Part 5. In which Operation Chair is commenced and fails completely, and there are some draws
Previously on the series: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Let's discuss the atmosphere around the match; we haven't touched that subject since Fi... | Read More
Part 4. In which Boris recovers, but it's too late
Previously on: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
The ninth game was played on 1st August; its opening didn't go well for the world champion. In the improved Tarrasch defence, Spassky went for a v... | Read More
Part 3, in which Boris falters, and Bobby takes the lead
Previous installments: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2
But now, Bobby asked (or, should I say, demanded) that the third game, scheduled for July 16th, be played in a closed room, without any audi... | Read More
Part 2, in which Bobby comes, sees... loses and forfeits
Part 0 and Part 1 can be found by following the hyperlinks.
The postponement of the match caused a stir in the world. Spassky received many telegrams from Yugoslavia, Germany, Swede... | Read More
As promised, I'm continuing the translation of Nikolay Krogius' biographical book about Boris Spassky, particularly the most interesting part for the Western readers - about his match against Bobby Fischer.
The chapter was divided by arbitrary pa... | Read More
Nikolai Krogius was one of Spassky's coaches during his preparations for the match against Fischer. He shares a lot of insight from the Soviet camp.
Here are some quotes from his biographical book about Spassky, published in 1998 and 2000 (2 volu... | Read More
I'll admit, the title is a bit misleading. GM Serper himself probably has it in his archives. But, nevertheless, this game is not featured on chessgames.com, so it certainly was lost for a vast majority of chess fans.
The game is from the Soviet ... | Read More
Viktor Korchnoi isn't exactly known for his tactical masterpieces - his best chess quality is arguably his great tenacity, both in attack and defence. But, in his youth (yes, there was a time when Korchnoi was young!), he destroyed Efim Geller wi... | Read More
Article from the magazine Chess In Russia, 1999
My Best Chess Game
"My best game is ahead..." How many times have we heard this answer from chess players of any age and level of success. The dream of playing that game, which would shine upon t... | Read More
GM Naroditsky is currently feuding with GM Serper in the Articles section of the site. The main topic of their argument is a certain Knight sacrifice at e6.
After reading Naroditsky's article, I suddenly got a chance to sacrifice at e6 as well, ev... | Read More