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    • Tal Creates Trouble In Cuban Nightclub

      During the 17th Chess Olympiad in Havana Cuba in 1966, Mikhail Tal, who was playing on the Russian team, was struck over the head with a beer bottle by a jealous Cuban because he thought Tal was dancing too close to the Cuban's wife. The incident ... | Read More

    • Chess Game In The Movie: 2001 A Space Odessey

      The HAL 9000 computer defeats astronaut Frank Poole in a game of chess. Director Stanley Kubrick being a stickler for realism used a game played by two German masters. (Roesch-Schlage, Hamburg, 1910) 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 b5 ... | Read More

    • Ratings: Knowledge vs. Performance

      When I played in tournaments, at the start of a game, my opponent would ask my rating. I knew he was forming an opinion about my playing strength based on my rating. But performance and strength are two different things. If rating determined the o... | Read More

    • The Best Day of My Chess Life

      In 1986, Boris Spassky traveled to Dallas, Texas where I lived at the time. It was great that Spassky was able to visit. My hero's when I was a child were the top Russian chess grandmasters, like Tal, Botvinnik, Spassky, Petrosian, Keres, etc., no... | Read More