Spektrowski's Blog

    • Five Miracles of Yuri Averbakh

      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. | Read More

    • Fischer - Larsen 1971, from 64 newspaper

      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

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      • | Feb 11, 2015
    • Fischer - Taimanov 1971, annotated by Mikhail Tal

      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

    • Women's World Championship, Moscow 1950, by Elizabeth Bykova. Winners' profiles.

      THE TOURNAMENT WINNERS' PROFILES Lyudmila Rudenko 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

    • Women's World Championship, Moscow 1950, by Elizabeth Bykova

      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

    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 5

      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

    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 4 (including a tactical puzzle)

      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

    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 3

      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

    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 2

      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

    • Just wanted to share a game

      I don't play particularly good, but sometimes I do manage to put out a nice game. I'm satisfied with the attack, though the opponent did help me at a couple of points. | Read More