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    • A small "Famous people playing chess" anecdote

      Rodion Yakovlevich Malinovsky is not a name you'd find in chess books. The famous Marshal of the Soviet Union won his "games" on real battlefields of World War II, controlling much more than 16 pieces on the board. Nevertheless, chess was his hob... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Dec 12, 2011
    • "He who hated draws", special feature

      Readers asked me to post some winning games by Dawid Janowski. So, here they are - some truly brilliant products of his imagination. These combinations are given as puzzles. This game by the young Janowski was printed in many chess magazines. ... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Nov 25, 2011
    • "He who hated draws", part 3

      Janowski often fell victim to Lasker's psychological preparation. In the last round of Cambridge Springs 1904, Lasker had to win with Black pieces to catch up with Janowski... and he did exactly that. In 1905, Janowski played a match against M... | Read More

    • "He who hated draws", part 2

      Janowski used King's Gambit against the aging Steinitz. Steinitz tried to refute it, Janowski counter-refuted, but then made a couple of inaccurate moves and lost.   Lasker already guaranteed himself the first prize and probably didn't mind a ... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Nov 18, 2011
    • "He who hated draws"

      The Polish/Russian - French - Jewish grandmaster Dawid (David Markelovich) Janowski (1868 - 1927) was known for his fiery attacking style, occasional impossible blunders and hatred of draws. Someone said of him, "He would rather lose a game than d... | Read More

    • Botvinnik 100th anniversary party at Suzdal, part 3

      Part 1: Yuri Averbakh, Olga Botvinnik, Mark Taimanov http://blog.chess.com/Spektrowski/botvinnik-100th-anniversary-part-1 Part 2: Viktor Korchnoi, Evgeny Vasiukov http://blog.chess.com/view/botvinnik-100th-anniversary-party-at-suzdal-part-2 N. P... | Read More

    • Botvinnik 100th anniversary party at Suzdal, part 2

      Part 1, with speeches from Yuri Averbakh, Olga Botvinnik and Mark Taimanov, can be found here: http://blog.chess.com/Spektrowski/botvinnik-100th-anniversary-part-1 N. Polyanskikh: Our people have conquered Alps, time to time. First Suvorov used R... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Aug 22, 2011
    • Botvinnik 100th anniversary party at Suzdal, part 1

      Transcript of an almost 1.5-hour long video which can be found here: http://chessm.ru/vecher-posvyaschennyj-100-letiyu-mmbotvinnika/ GM Sergey Makarychev (from the screen): More than half a century ago, in Moscow, in the Pillar Hall of the House ... | Read More

    • Yuri Averbakh speaks about Mikhail Botvinnik

      Interview by Yuri Vasilyev, Sport-Express. 17 August 2011 http://others.sport-express.ru/reviews/15791/ A senior tournament is currently held in Suzdal in memory of Mikhail Botvinnik. The arbiter of this tournament is the 89 years old grandmaste... | Read More

    • In the Age-Old Tbilisi, part 2

      There are jokes in Tbilisi that during his illness, Tigran Petrosian took some beneficial drug, called "antidefeatine", and he crushes all his opponents with ease after that. He won 5 games out of 8 and drew such strong players as D. Bronstein, P.... | Read More