Spektrowski's Blog

    • A historical question about Lasker

      I've wondered for quite some time now - why Emanuel Lasker was never approached to play in a USSR Chess Championship? I'm quite sure about "never approached" part, because if he was approached and refused (or at least said something to the effect ... | Read More

    • Ernst Helms - the man whom Lasker saved

      Ernst Helms (Эрнст Брунович Гельмс in Russian) was a German-Soviet artist, decorator and cartoonist. In a little-known chapter of his early life, he was literally saved by Emanuel Lasker's advice. Here's the episode, recounted b... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Dec 20, 2013
    • Magnus is the champion. Was 10 games really "too little"?

      I've seen some complaints about the short length of the championship match. Like, if it were longer, Anand would still have the chance to catch up. Yes, there were instances of recovering from -3 disadvantage (Steinitz, Euwe and Smyslov pulled tho... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Nov 23, 2013
    • Magnus is already champion? No world champion ever recovered after -2 score.

      After Magnus took a 4-2 lead over Anand, I've decided to look at the history of World Championship matches - who, if ever, managed to come back from two (or more) behind and at least equalize the score at some point? The first official World Cham... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Nov 17, 2013
    • Vasily Smyslov's 85th birthday interview, 2006

      Source Two weeks have passed since 85th birthday of the seventh chess world champion, Vasily Smyslov. Vasily Vasilievich holds a record for the longest world championship performance career. He came second in the tournament for the vacant title a... | Read More

    • Vasily Smyslov's 75th birthday interview, 1996

      Recorded by Yakov Damsky.   Talent in chess... I think it's the feeling of harmony. How quickly the player understands the position, how well is their intuition developed. This can be said about any profession, and in chess, it's determined by ... | Read More

    • Alekhine's Puzzles - can you solve them?

      Taking those out of Alekhine/Vilner anecdote. Puzzle #1. The game starts from following position. White can do 8 moves in a row, but only on the first 4 ranks. Then, after this preparation, they have to mate Black in four moves or earlier, reg... | Read More

    • Who saved Alexander Alekhine?

      A part of Sergei Tkachenko's extensive article about the master Yakov Vilner. "...In Odessa, a very strong tournament should have taken place, with Alekhine, Evenson, Bogoljubov, Dus-Chotimirsky, Bohatirchuk and other renowned players. Alas, the... | Read More

    • Tigran Petrosian. Foreword to Aron Nimzowitsch's "Chess Praxis", 1979

      This is Nimzowitsch! Isn't it anachronistic to reissue a book that was first published exactly half a century ago in our times? The book that, as the author himself, A. Nimzowitsch - one of the strongest chess players of our century - promises to... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal. Foreword to Aron Nimzowitsch's "My System", 1972

      Some words about Nimzowitsch and this book. This old book, published countless times in many forms and languages, is as though saturated with the eternal chess youth elixir. The chess players' generations come and go, discussions sparkle and fade... | Read More