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    • Yuri Averbakh remembers some old-time players

      Yuri Averbakh is currently the oldest living grandmaster (he's 92 years old). Here are some of his memories about old-time Soviet players. Games were picked by me. Nikolai Mikhailovich Zubarev (1894-1951). A thickset man with shaved head, always... | Read More

    • Spassky vs. Polugaevsky 1961, with Spassky's autobiographical annotation.

      The game was annotated by Spassky somewhere in the 1990s. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 I remember the year 1950. I was a small boy back then. The Leningrad team got me to the Russian SFSR players, so that I could play "Chapayev" against Lyova. You know this... | Read More

    • The Urusov brothers

      A small article from this blog. Both Urusov brothers, according to their father's wishes, were enrolled into the First St. Petersburg Military Corps in the early childhood. They graduated with high distinction and became the Guard officers. They ... | Read More

    • It runs in the family

      My 5 years old daughter recently asked me to show how chess pieces move. Voila, today she drew me (not without advices from me, but still). Seems I'll have to find a chess teacher for her. | Read More

    • Thoughts of a 'numerical sports historian'

      I cannot call myself a true historian. Real historical research usually involves much more than a few Google searches and translations. But in sports history, there's a particular niche I took much liking in. It's 'history in numbers' - or 'goals,... | Read More

    • Dominant world champions and more

      Here's a table, based on chessgames.com metrics, of points scored by world champions and other leading grandmasters between each other. By 'leading grandmasters', I mean the following players: Everyone who played a World Championship match Everyo... | Read More

    • The most dominant world champions, preview version

      From the stats on chessgames.com, I've compiled a table of how World Champions from Lasker to Kasparov fared against the leading players of their eras. The criteria for choosing 'leading players' were simple: all the World Champions, everyone who ... | Read More

    • 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
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    • 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
      • | 2645 views
      • | 19 comments