Serper's Long Lost Game

Serper's Long Lost Game

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Oct 18, 2015

I'll admit, the title is a bit misleading. GM Serper himself probably has it in his archives. But, nevertheless, this game is not featured on chessgames.com, so it certainly was lost for a vast majority of chess fans. The game is from the Soviet ...

Rare candy: Korchnoi tactic

Rare candy: Korchnoi tactic

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Jul 11, 2015

Viktor Korchnoi isn't exactly known for his tactical masterpieces - his best chess quality is arguably his great tenacity, both in attack and defence. But, in his youth (yes, there was a time when Korchnoi was young!), he destroyed Efim Geller wit...

Garry Kasparov. My Best Chess Game

Garry Kasparov. My Best Chess Game

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Jul 2, 2015

Article from the magazine Chess In Russia, 1999 My Best Chess Game "My best game is ahead..." How many times have we heard this answer from chess players of any age and level of success. The dream of playing that game, which would shine upon the...

Inspired by Naroditsky

Inspired by Naroditsky

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May 10, 2015

GM Naroditsky is currently feuding with GM Serper in the Articles section of the site. The main topic of their argument is a certain Knight sacrifice at e6. After reading Naroditsky's article, I suddenly got a chance to sacrifice at e6 as well, ev...

Nona Gaprindashvili. A Bow to the Veterans, part 1

Nona Gaprindashvili. A Bow to the Veterans, part 1

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Apr 27, 2015

Excerpt from Gaprindashvili's book I Prefer Risk (Предпочитаю риск). A Bow to the Veterans The first woman world champion Vera Menchik was tragically killed on 27th June 1944 during the Nazi bombing of London. After Alexander Alekhine suddenly d...

On Nigel Short's article and #sexisminchess

On Nigel Short's article and #sexisminchess

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Apr 26, 2015

After reading some comments on Nigel Short's article about difference between men and women, I realized I had surprisingly strong feelings about this issue. I, frankly, don't see Short's comments as sexist, but that's probably because of my diffe...

Vladimir Kramnik: From Steinitz to Kasparov

Vladimir Kramnik: From Steinitz to Kasparov

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Apr 1, 2015

A 2005 interview of Vladimir Kramnik where he discusses all previous chess world champions of the time. The Russian original is here: http://www.e3e5.com/article.php?id=190 FROM STEINITZ TO KASPAROV I got to know the legacy of chess classics rel...

Five Miracles of Yuri Averbakh

Five Miracles of Yuri Averbakh

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Feb 24, 2015

This 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.

Fischer - Larsen 1971, from 64 newspaper

Fischer - Larsen 1971, from 64 newspaper

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Feb 11, 2015

Vasily 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 ...

Fischer - Taimanov 1971, annotated by Mikhail Tal

Fischer - Taimanov 1971, annotated by Mikhail Tal

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Feb 8, 2015

From 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...

Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 5

Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 5

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Jan 15, 2015

Read 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...

Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 3

Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 3

Spektrowski
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Jan 7, 2015

Part 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...

Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 2

Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 2

Spektrowski
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Jan 6, 2015

Read 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 ...

Just wanted to share a game

Just wanted to share a game

Spektrowski
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Dec 5, 2014

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.

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