Bestuzhev Index for Tata Steel

Bestuzhev Index for Tata Steel

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Jan 15, 2019

Predictions for @tatasteelchess based on "Bestuzhev index" (percentage of points in classical games against each other, as per chessgamescom data). @lachesisq is the only player to have classical games against all 13 opponents, and has best poin...

Player Dominance Index: 2018 edition

Player Dominance Index: 2018 edition

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Jan 9, 2019

I'm still calculating the Player Dominance Index (percentage of points scored in games against elite field; the rules of admission are discussed in previous posts). This is how the table looks now, after 2018 ended. All results were taken from c...

Channeling my inner Tal

Channeling my inner Tal

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Jan 6, 2019

I decided to get adventurous (blitz is the thing to get adventurous in, anyway) and sacrifice an exchange in the opening... and it worked greatly.

Yuri Averbakh on women's chess

Yuri Averbakh on women's chess

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Jan 4, 2019

This interview was conducted by Sergei Rosenberg in 2016 for an upcoming book about the Soviet women's chess champions by the late Rimma Bilunova and Rosenberg (still unpublished, as I understand it).  http://e3e5.com/article.php?id=1751 ...

My only piece of chess memorabilia

My only piece of chess memorabilia

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Jan 1, 2019

Back when I was in elementary school, I studied chess. In the last days of Soviet Union, in autumn 1991, I visited the Central Chess Club for the only time in my life, and got this pennant as a keepsake. I later studied in the Petrosian chess...

Richard Reti on the Carlsen - Caruana match

Richard Reti on the Carlsen - Caruana match

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Dec 1, 2018

Well, of course I'm joking. Richard Reti wrote the article titled "Some Conclusions: Alekhine vs. Capablanca" in 1928 for Shakhmatniy Listok. Still, many of the things written 90 years ago seems still relevant today, so I think it's worth rep...

Anatoly Karpov Comes Down Hard on Ilyumzhinov

Anatoly Karpov Comes Down Hard on Ilyumzhinov

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Jun 10, 2018

Anatoly Karpov, the 12th chess world champion, recently spoke to Vasily Papin during the Poykovsky tournament. He was uncharacteristically harsh towards Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The RCF has supported Ilyumzhinov's candidacy for the FIDE President ...

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...

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