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 The big pawn breakthroughAnother game of mine. As usual, nothing particularly great, but I really liked the pawn ending. http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/the-big-pawn-breakthroughTue, 24 Mar 2015 12:43:43 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/the-big-pawn-breakthroughYuri Averbakh: How I fell out with Korchnoi and KarpovAn interesting insight as to why Korchnoi was disliked by Soviet authorities and chess society in 1970s. He didn't exactly make many friends. How I fell out with Korchnoi and Karpov In 1973, there were two Interzonals in Leningrad and Petropolis...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/yuri-averbakh-how-i-fell-out-with-korchnoi-and-karpovSat, 14 Mar 2015 00:10:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/yuri-averbakh-how-i-fell-out-with-korchnoi-and-karpovFive Miracles of Yuri AverbakhThis game was played in a double round-robin playoff for the 1956 USSR Championship. Averbakh and Spassky were both tired after the main tournament, and this obviously showed. Annotated by Yuri Averbakh. http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/five-miracles-of-yuri-averbakhTue, 24 Feb 2015 00:25:46 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/five-miracles-of-yuri-averbakhFischer - Larsen 1971, from 64 newspaperVasily Panov. "Before the New Difficult Battles" (The part about Petrosian - Korchnoi match is omitted) Now let's discuss the match between two foreign stars: Robert Fischer, 28, USA, and Bent Larsen, 36, Denmark; it's kind of inappropriate now ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fischer---larsen-1971-from-64-newspaperWed, 11 Feb 2015 12:04:45 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fischer---larsen-1971-from-64-newspaperFischer - Taimanov 1971, annotated by Mikhail TalFrom the old 64 newspapers. As a foreword: prognosis by Igor Bondarevsky, Boris Spassky's coach. Incredibly spot on, both about Fischer and Korchnoi. Many commentators and especially the public wait impatiently for the match between Robert Fisch...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fischer---taimanov-1971-annotated-by-mikhail-talSun, 08 Feb 2015 14:26:24 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fischer---taimanov-1971-annotated-by-mikhail-talWomen's World Championship, Moscow 1950, by Elizabeth Bykova. Winners' profiles.THE TOURNAMENT WINNERS' PROFILES Lyudmila Rudenko The World Champion, Master of Sports Lyudmila Vladimirovna Rudenko was born on 27th July 1904 in Lubny, Ukraine, in a teacher's family. Father taught her chess when she was 10 years old. In 1925,...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/womens-world-championship-moscow-1950-by-elizabeth-bykova-winners-profilesMon, 19 Jan 2015 09:57:37 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/womens-world-championship-moscow-1950-by-elizabeth-bykova-winners-profilesWomen's World Championship, Moscow 1950, by Elizabeth BykovaThis is an excerpt from an old book about women's chess in USSR by the third Women's World Champion Elizabeth Bykova. The article was written in 1950 or 1951, before Bykova herself became a champion. WOMEN'S WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP IN MOSCOW Si...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/womens-world-championship-moscow-1950-by-elizabeth-bykovaSun, 18 Jan 2015 13:50:29 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/womens-world-championship-moscow-1950-by-elizabeth-bykovaFyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 5Read part 4 here. HAMBURG 1910 INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT 18 players took part in the Hamburg international tournament, including Schlechter, Marshall, Tarrasch, Spielmann, Teichmann and those who represented Russia at the time - Alekhine, Nimzowi...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fyodor-dus-chotimirsky-memories-part-5Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:54:30 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fyodor-dus-chotimirsky-memories-part-5Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 4 (including a tactical puzzle)Part 3 here 1909 CHIGORIN MEMORIAL The international tournament in St. Petersburg was dedicated to memory of the great Russian chess player Mikhail Chigorin who died in 1908. So, Chigorin's dream of organizing a big international tournament in R...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fyodor-dus-chotimirsky-memories-part-4Sat, 10 Jan 2015 06:16:14 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fyodor-dus-chotimirsky-memories-part-4Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 3Part 2 here After I got back to Moscow from Karlsbad, one Moscow chess player came to me and told me that he saw a future chess world champion in one teenager. I've always been wary of promising "wonderkids", thinking that it was impossible to tr...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fyodor-dus-chotimirsky-memories-part-3Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09:46:33 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fyodor-dus-chotimirsky-memories-part-3Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 2Read part 1 here. In 1905, I visited Warsaw and Lodz. In Warsaw, I visited the Semadani Cafe, the city's chess center. I remember meeting Poland's strongest players. First of all, I should name the elderly chess veteran Szymon Winawer. He was ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fyodor-dus-chotimirsky-memories-part-2Tue, 06 Jan 2015 04:47:30 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/fyodor-dus-chotimirsky-memories-part-2Just wanted to share a game I don't play particularly good, but sometimes I do manage to put out a nice game. I'm satisfied with the attack, though the opponent did help me at a couple of points. http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/just-wanted-to-share-a-gameFri, 05 Dec 2014 14:29:31 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/just-wanted-to-share-a-gameList of cities that hosted World Chess ChampionshipsAmsterdam, Netherlands Euwe (Netherlands) vs. Alekhine (France) 1935 (some games) Alekhine (France) vs. Euwe (Netherlands) 1937 (some games) Karpov (Russia) vs. Timman (Netherlands) 1993 FIDE (some games) Arnhem, Netherlands Karpov (Russia) v...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/list-of-cities-that-hosted-world-chess-championshipsTue, 02 Dec 2014 12:20:54 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/list-of-cities-that-hosted-world-chess-championshipsAnatoly Karpov 2007 Ukrainian TV interview. Part 2 - Kasparov and other eventsRead part 1 here.   I TOLD YAKOVLEV: "YOU LIKE KASPAROV? OK, YOU CAN BUILD HIM A GOLDEN PALACE OR SOMETHING, BUT WHY DO YOU BADGER ME?" I think that your confrontation with Garry Kasparov was also very sharp and political. You've already menti...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/anatoly-karpov-2007-ukrainian-tv-interview-part-2---kasparov-and-other-eventsSat, 29 Nov 2014 12:47:13 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/anatoly-karpov-2007-ukrainian-tv-interview-part-2---kasparov-and-other-eventsAnatoly Karpov's 2007 Ukrainian TV interview. Part 1: Fischer and Korchnoihttp://www.gordon.com.ua/tv/a-karpov/   There was always much more politics than sports in the Soviet chess. For the ruling Communist regime, chess has become a symbol of unrivaled intellectual prowess. The whole big country, from Moscow to far...http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/anatoly-karpovs-2007-ukrainian-tv-interviewWed, 26 Nov 2014 13:58:33 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/anatoly-karpovs-2007-ukrainian-tv-interviewAverage 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-botvinnik