Vladimir Kramnik pre-Candidates' interview

Vladimir Kramnik pre-Candidates' interview

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Mar 10, 2018

What If This Is One of My Last Chances? https://russian.rt.com/sport/article/490281-kramnik-shahmaty-turnir-pretendentov by Artyom Andriyanov, RT When You Lose Your Cool, You Can't Expect Good Results What thoughts and mood did you bring t...

Player Dominance Index after Tata Steel

Player Dominance Index after Tata Steel

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Jan 28, 2018

 This index shows the point percentage of top chess players in history against each other. Rules of admission are explained here. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wei Yi and Hou Yifan have wild cards (Ding Liren already qualified for the 2018 Candidates')...

Russian Championship Stats

Russian Championship Stats

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Dec 15, 2017

The comments for the Russian championship results are closed for some reason, so I'll correct the things a bit in my blog. Both Botvinnik and Tal won six Soviet championships, and the record of most Russian SFSR championship wins in the Soviet t...

Crazy Double King Hunt

Crazy Double King Hunt

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Aug 14, 2017

As those who read my blog are aware, I sometimes actually play chess instead of translating some obscure Soviet books. Today I had probably the craziest game of my life.

Mikhail Chigorin Club

Mikhail Chigorin Club

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Jun 16, 2017

Russian chess statistician Vitaly Gnirenko has compiled a list of all players who defeated a reigning classical world champion in a game with classical control. Below is the chronological table of players joining the club. For the sake of convenie...

Pioneers of Soviet women's chess

Pioneers of Soviet women's chess

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Jun 15, 2017

Small biographical articles written by Elizaveta Bykova in the early 1950s for her book Sovetskie Shakhmatistki, with relevant games and interviews if there were any included. Games annotated by Bykova unless noted otherwise. Players listed in th...

The Conspiracies of Valery Salov, Part 2

The Conspiracies of Valery Salov, Part 2

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May 7, 2017

Continued from Part 1. Surov: I'll try to go to that. I've got a "fresh head" here on the platter, and I've been trying to attach some wires to it to make it talk. Evgeny Sidorov, hello! Evgeny Sidorov: Hi! Surov: What questions do you have ...

The Conspiracies of Valery Salov, Part 1

The Conspiracies of Valery Salov, Part 1

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May 7, 2017

The interview I'm going to show you is... controversial and bizarre, to say the least. GM Valery Salov at one time was among the world championship contenders (and has a good score against many of his contemporaries), but in the late 1990s, he beg...

Assessing the Players' Dominance with Rating

Assessing the Players' Dominance with Rating

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Apr 9, 2017

I've already compiled stats on the most dominant players in history. But during the long discussion in the CAPS thread ("Who was the best world champion?"), I also thought about rating inflation over the years. Fischer was head and shoulders ahead...

Nona Gaprindashvili. Fighting for Equality

Nona Gaprindashvili. Fighting for Equality

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Mar 27, 2017

A chapter from Nona Gaprindashvili's 1977 book I Prefer Risk. Many of her thoughts on women's chess still seem to be relevant even now, 40 years later. I've included some chess games to divide the wall of text somewhat. Fighting for Equal...

Who Is Mr. Dubov? An interview with Daniil Dubov

Who Is Mr. Dubov? An interview with Daniil Dubov

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Dec 31, 2016

I've already translated one interview by Daniil Dubov, but now that he'd finished third in the World Blitz Championship, I feel that the English-speaking chess community deserves to know more about this young Russian grandmaster. So here's another...

How World Champions Did It

How World Champions Did It

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Nov 17, 2016

The classical "did it" joke with chess champions. I'm probably not the first one to come up with a variation on this theme, but still. Steinitz did it strategically. Lasker did it by partner analysis. Capablanca did it with such ease...

R.I.P Evgeny Gik

R.I.P Evgeny Gik

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Oct 25, 2016

Evgeny Gik was a hugely popular Soviet and Russian chess author. He died yesterday, seemingly of a sudden stroke, aged 73. I grew up on Gik's books. His writings covered much more than chess - he wrote about many popular number, word and board g...

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