"Komsomol Chess": an obscure Soviet chess variant

"Komsomol Chess": an obscure Soviet chess variant

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30 days ago

While reading a huge book about Russian kids' games, I came across two Soviet variants of chess that were introduced in mid-1920s. One of them ("International", developed by Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky, among others) had rules more akin to modern ta...

Nikolai Zubarev, "On Chess Strength" (1932)

Nikolai Zubarev, "On Chess Strength" (1932)

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Jun 15, 2020

Part of a larger book On Qualification, explaining in greater detail the system that was put in place by the 7th All-Union Chess Conference in 1931. On Chess Strength The process of chess improvement is linked with many hardships and tria...

Soviet Stats, Revisited

Soviet Stats, Revisited

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Jun 13, 2020

I have re-calculated the USSR championship stats (included all the championship play-off matches and tournaments and the 1931 semifinals, which were parts of the same competitions). This is a list of top 50 players who played at least 30 games and...

Clash of the Generations

Clash of the Generations

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May 26, 2020

In the early 1980s, there was a curious tournament held in USSR - a "clash of generations" of sorts. It featured four national teams: the main team, the reserve team, the "veteran" team (players over 40 not involved with the main or reserve team) ...

Is Chess Really Getting Younger?

Is Chess Really Getting Younger?

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May 21, 2020

The 16 years-old Alireza Firouzja is arguably the most discussed player in the world chess today. His peer Carissa Yip recently defeated women's world champion Ju Wenjun in a classical game. There are more and more teenage grandmasters cropping up...

David Bronstein. "Grandmaster, what is chess?"

David Bronstein. "Grandmaster, what is chess?"

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Apr 5, 2020

Interview from the Sahs magazine, September 1969. Unsigned. How do you conduct an interview? In 99 cases out of 100, it's very simple: a grandmaster comes into the office of a chess magazine, you ask him a series of prepared questions. The ...

Match Of The Century: Player Interviews

Match Of The Century: Player Interviews

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Mar 31, 2020

Inspired by Peter Doggers' news post, I found the old Match Of The Century book, edited by Mikhail Yudovich. Along with the forty games, there were short interviews by all 24 players, including non-playing reserves Bronstein and Darga. All pl...

Evgeny Umnov. Chess Game and Composition (1950)

Evgeny Umnov. Chess Game and Composition (1950)

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Jan 30, 2020

A 1950 article by a prominent Soviet problemist Evgeny Umnov (1913 - 1989). Chess Game and Composition The question of relationship between chess composition and practical games is interesting and important. The correct solution will allow the...

Ella Vengerova remembers Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky

Ella Vengerova remembers Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky

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Jan 22, 2020

Source in Russian: http://screenstage.ru/?p=1885 Dus Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky with his wife and son lived in our kitchen. Not exactly in kitchen though - beside the kitchen, in the former servant room. The area of that room was 8 ...

Player Dominance Index, 2019 Edition

Player Dominance Index, 2019 Edition

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Jan 4, 2020

And another statistical post for today. The year 2019 has ended, and so, it's time to calculate the Dominance Index (or Bestuzhev Index, as Vladimir Bestuzhev used a similar measure to calculate the long-term performance of Soviet chess players of...

Visualization of January FIDE ratings

Visualization of January FIDE ratings

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Jan 4, 2020

Here's a New Year statistical treat: how the leading players' FIDE ratings changed over the years. The graph features January ratings of #1 player, #2 player, the average of top 10 (excluding the leader) and the average of top 100 (again, excludin...