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    • Mikhail Tal's blindfold simul for documentary

      Footage from the Seven Steps Beyond Horizon documentary   Subtitles: Grandmaster M. Tal, blindfold simultaneous display Announcer: Board six, Nb8 to c6. M. Tal: c3 takes d4. Announcer: Board eight, d6 takes e5. M. Tal: e4 to e5 (? Both Ta... | Read More

    • USSR Championship statistics and records: age-related

      All ages are given at the day of the tournament's beginning.   The oldest player to take part in the USSR Championship: Vasily Smyslov - 67 years, 4 months, 1 day (1988) Vladas Mikenas - 60 years, 7 months, 8 days (1970) Grigory Levenfish - ... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal TV interview in 1987

      The whole program was posted on Youtube on Summer. I have discovered it only recently and translated all that was said and made the TV cut. It differs from my other blog posts about that interview in one thing: I translated Tal's words directly,... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Jan 16, 2013
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    • A small Alexander Alekhine anecdote

      In 1919, Alexander Alekhine worked at a film studio in USSR. A man entered the lobby and asked to see someone from the educational department. "I'm listening, Mr. Poluektov", Alekhine said. "Do we know each other?" the visitor asked, puzzled. "... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Oct 17, 2012
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    • Some USSR Chess Championship statistics and records

      Here's your chance to learn some fascinating facts about the USSR Championship players, including those you probably never heard about! Most points scored in all USSR Championships, top 10: Mark Taimanov - 243; Efim Geller - 233.5; Lev Polugaevsk... | Read More

    • Smyslov takes on Ivanchuk... and wins

      This game was played at the 1988 USSR Championship. Vasily Smyslov, 68 at the time, shows his 19 years old namesake that he's still a formidable opponent. Annotated by Vasily Smyslov and Garry Kasparov. Another game from the same tournament. Sm... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Sep 11, 2012
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    • Moscow 1925 Tournament: Player's Diary by Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky, part 1

      I provided this classical Ilyin-Zhenevsky article (published in 1926) with some stats and links to the mentioned games. When just a year ago, at the 3rd Soviet Chess Congress, someone requested to organize an international chess tournament in Mos... | Read More

    • "He who hated draws", part 5

      For the next game, let's quote Edward Lasker. "This game's result had a large impact on destinies of three outstanding chess players. The undeserved loss had become a drama of his life for Janowski. Capablanca, after winning the game, won the w... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Jan 16, 2012
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    • "He who hated draws": Dawid Janowski, the gambler

      Dawid Janowski had two passions in his life - chess and gambling. He would visit a casino whenever there's a chance, often losing hefty sums in one night. Here's a recollection of some less-known gambling episodes from Janowski's life by Oleg Skur... | Read More

    • "He who hated draws", special feature 2: Ostende and Barmen 1905 report

      A very interesting report about the Ostend 1905 tournament from Grigory Ge, Russian actor, playwright and a friend of Mikhail Chigorin. Supplemented by Dawid Janowski's games compiled by Sergey Voronkov and Dmitry Plisetsky. Ostend, 12 June - ... | Read More