Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com 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,...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/thoughts-of-a-numerical-sports-historianSat, 05 Apr 2014 08:44:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/thoughts-of-a-numerical-sports-historianDominant world champions and moreHere'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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/dominant-world-champions-and-moreThu, 03 Apr 2014 13:17:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/dominant-world-champions-and-moreThe most dominant world champions, preview versionFrom 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/the-most-dominant-world-champions-preview-versionSat, 08 Mar 2014 07:03:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/the-most-dominant-world-champions-preview-versionA historical question about LaskerI'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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/a-historical-question-about-laskerSun, 02 Mar 2014 03:26:25 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/a-historical-question-about-laskerErnst Helms - the man whom Lasker savedErnst Helms (ЭÑнÑÑ ÐÑÑÐ½Ð¾Ð²Ð¸Ñ ÐелÑÐ¼Ñ 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/ernst-helms---the-man-whom-lasker-savedFri, 20 Dec 2013 07:51:23 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/ernst-helms---the-man-whom-lasker-savedMagnus 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/magnus-is-the-champion-was-10-games-really-quottoo-littlequotSat, 23 Nov 2013 02:31:48 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/magnus-is-the-champion-was-10-games-really-quottoo-littlequotMagnus 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/magnus-is-already-champion-no-world-champion-ever-recovered-after--2-scoreSun, 17 Nov 2013 03:41:30 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/magnus-is-already-champion-no-world-champion-ever-recovered-after--2-scoreVasily Smyslov's 85th birthday interview, 2006Source 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/vasily-smyslovs-85th-birthday-interview-2006Fri, 08 Nov 2013 01:52:42 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/vasily-smyslovs-85th-birthday-interview-2006Vasily Smyslov's 75th birthday interview, 1996Recorded 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/vasily-smyslovs-75th-birthday-interviewWed, 06 Nov 2013 03:35:26 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/vasily-smyslovs-75th-birthday-interviewAlekhine'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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/alekhines-puzzles---can-you-solve-themFri, 09 Aug 2013 12:58:07 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/alekhines-puzzles---can-you-solve-themWho 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/who-saved-alexander-alekhineWed, 07 Aug 2013 23:36:36 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/who-saved-alexander-alekhineTigran Petrosian. Foreword to Aron Nimzowitsch's "Chess Praxis", 1979This 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/tigran-petrosian-foreword-to-aron-nimzowitschs-quotchess-praxisquot-1979Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:50:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/tigran-petrosian-foreword-to-aron-nimzowitschs-quotchess-praxisquot-1979Mikhail Tal. Foreword to Aron Nimzowitsch's "My System", 1972Some 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/mikhail-tal-foreword-to-aron-nimzowitschs-quotmy-systemquot-1972Fri, 02 Aug 2013 08:55:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/mikhail-tal-foreword-to-aron-nimzowitschs-quotmy-systemquot-1972Petr Romanovsky. Foreword to Aron Nimzowitsch's "Chess Blockade". 1925When time passes, and some chess historian will sum up the rapid progress of the art of chess in the post-War (WWI) period and thoroughly analyze all the forms of modern chess creativity, they'll have to find a special place for Aron Isaevich Nimz...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/petr-romanovsky-foreword-to-aron-nimzowitschs-quotchess-blockadequot-1925Fri, 02 Aug 2013 04:14:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/petr-romanovsky-foreword-to-aron-nimzowitschs-quotchess-blockadequot-1925Aron Nimzowitsch: "How I became a Grandmaster", part 4Part 1, part 2, part 3 Games section I wish to give the reader a more concrete idea of my chess evolution, so I offer you some games of mine, mostly played during the early period of my chess career (1902-1907). In these games, I still chase th...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/aron-nimzowitsch-quothow-i-became-a-grandmasterquot-part-4Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:24:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/aron-nimzowitsch-quothow-i-became-a-grandmasterquot-part-4Aron Nimzowitsch: "How I became a Grandmaster", part 3Read part 1 here and part 2 here. VI Barmen debacle in August 1905 as the last and decisive stimulus: I finally get down to work! (1906) In the beginning of 1905, I took part in a Vienna tournament (1st - Schlechter, 2nd - H. Wolf; I finished 6...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/aron-nimzowitsch-quothow-i-became-a-grandmasterquot-part-3Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:15:25 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/aron-nimzowitsch-quothow-i-became-a-grandmasterquot-part-3Aron Nimzowitsch: "How I became a Grandmaster", part 2You can read Part 1 here IV Of joys and sorrows of combination The main mistake of my education was not, of course, that the first lessons weren't exactly up to the highest standards we've come to expect from modern chess education. I had big r...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/aron-nimzowitsch-quothow-i-became-a-grandmasterquot-part-2Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:57:05 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/aron-nimzowitsch-quothow-i-became-a-grandmasterquot-part-2Aron Nimzowitsch: "How I became a Grandmaster", part 1This Soviet-published autobiographical book seems to be very rare (only 8500 copies were printed by the Shakhmatniy Listok publishing house). As far as I understand it, it has since fallen into public domain (publishing date is 1929, and Nimzowits...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/aron-nimzowitsch-quothow-i-became-a-grandmasterquot-part-1Sun, 28 Jul 2013 07:18:05 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/aron-nimzowitsch-quothow-i-became-a-grandmasterquot-part-1"Tournament Technique" by Aron NimzowitschAn article for the Soviet newspaper Shakhmaty, 1929. Tournament technique Tournament technique is, of course, tightly connected with the pure chess technique, but it also has its own special logic. I think that this logic needs to be described, ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/quottournament-techniquequot-by-aron-nimzowitschThu, 25 Jul 2013 01:17:38 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/quottournament-techniquequot-by-aron-nimzowitschRemembering CapablancaYakov Rokhlin (1903-1995) was a chess master, coach and author. He's probably best remembered as one of the first organizers of Soviet chess movement, playing a large part in opening of chess clubs in various cities of USSR. In 1936, he met Capab...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/remembering-capablancaWed, 24 Jul 2013 12:34:22 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/remembering-capablanca