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 Average age and age differences of World Championship matchesAges are given for the day of the first game. Winner of the match (or champion retaining his title) is in bold. Kramnik vs. Leko still remains the only World Championship match in history in which both players weren't 30 yet. Average age 1892: ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/average-age-and-age-differences-of-world-championship-matchesThu, 06 Nov 2014 13:37:15 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/average-age-and-age-differences-of-world-championship-matchesOn the hypothetical Botvinnik/Alekhine matchArticle by chess historian Sergey Voronkov. http://www.chesspro.ru/_events/2008/voronkov_rc45.html Right after the 13th USSR Championship, the first wartime chess conference took place. All the points of its agenda were fair for the time: intens...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/on-the-hypothetical-botvinnikalekhine-matchSat, 13 Sep 2014 00:49:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/on-the-hypothetical-botvinnikalekhine-matchPossessed by Mikhail Tal?Yesterday, I won two games in a row, with White and Black, with a typical Tal-like "not fully correct" sacrifices at f7 and f2, with opponents failing to find best defence. Just a funny turn of events, nothing too flashy here.   http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/possessed-by-mikhail-talMon, 01 Sep 2014 12:17:20 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/possessed-by-mikhail-talFyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 1Here are memories of Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky, an old-time Russian and Soviet player. Take note that those were published in old Soviet times, soon after Stalin's death. In that time, to get non-fiction books published, anyone and everyone...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fyodor-dus-chotimirsky-memoriesSat, 30 Aug 2014 12:40:12 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fyodor-dus-chotimirsky-memoriesYuri Averbakh remembers Mikhail BotvinnikSome fragments from his memoirs. Games added by me. World Champion's sparring partner When we were preparing for a match against USA, Botvinnik offered me to play a couple of training games. Of course, it was interesting to train with a World Ch...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/yuri-averbakh-remembers-mikhail-botvinnikThu, 28 Aug 2014 12:20:04 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/yuri-averbakh-remembers-mikhail-botvinnikYuri Averbakh remembers some old-time playersYuri 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/yuri-averbakh-remembers-some-old-time-playersWed, 27 Aug 2014 06:19:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/yuri-averbakh-remembers-some-old-time-playersSpassky 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky-vs-polugaevsky-1961-with-spasskys-autobiographical-annotationWed, 30 Jul 2014 02:13:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky-vs-polugaevsky-1961-with-spasskys-autobiographical-annotationThe Urusov brothersA 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/the-urusov-brothersThu, 24 Apr 2014 01:02:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/the-urusov-brothersIt runs in the familyMy 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. http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/it-runs-in-the-familyMon, 21 Apr 2014 14:26:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/it-runs-in-the-familyThoughts 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-alekhine