Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 1

Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 1

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Aug 30, 2014

Here are memories of Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky, an old-time Russian and Soviet player. Take note that those were published in old Soviet times, soon after Stalin's death. In that time, to get non-fiction books published, anyone and everyone...

Yuri Averbakh remembers Mikhail Botvinnik

Yuri Averbakh remembers Mikhail Botvinnik

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Aug 28, 2014

Some fragments from his memoirs. Games added by me. World Champion's sparring partner When we were preparing for a match against USA, Botvinnik offered me to play a couple of training games. Of course, it was interesting to train with a World Ch...

Yuri Averbakh remembers some old-time players

Yuri Averbakh remembers some old-time players

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Aug 27, 2014

Yuri Averbakh is currently the oldest living grandmaster (he's 92 years old). Here are some of his memories about old-time Soviet players. Games were picked by me. Nikolai Mikhailovich Zubarev (1894-1951). A thickset man with shaved head, always...

The Urusov brothers

The Urusov brothers

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Apr 24, 2014

A small article from this blog. Both Urusov brothers, according to their father's wishes, were enrolled into the First St. Petersburg Military Corps in the early childhood. They graduated with high distinction and became the Guard officers. They ...

It runs in the family

It runs in the family

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Apr 21, 2014

My 5 years old daughter recently asked me to show how chess pieces move. Voila, today she drew me (not without advices from me, but still). Seems I'll have to find a chess teacher for her.

Thoughts of a 'numerical sports historian'

Thoughts of a 'numerical sports historian'

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Apr 5, 2014

I cannot call myself a true historian. Real historical research usually involves much more than a few Google searches and translations. But in sports history, there's a particular niche I took much liking in. It's 'history in numbers' - or 'goals,...

Dominant world champions and more

Dominant world champions and more

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Apr 3, 2014

Here's a table, based on chessgames.com metrics, of points scored by world champions and other leading grandmasters between each other. By 'leading grandmasters', I mean the following players: Everyone who played a World Championship match Everyo...

A historical question about Lasker

A historical question about Lasker

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Mar 2, 2014

I've wondered for quite some time now - why Emanuel Lasker was never approached to play in a USSR Chess Championship? I'm quite sure about "never approached" part, because if he was approached and refused (or at least said something to the effect ...

Ernst Helms - the man whom Lasker saved

Ernst Helms - the man whom Lasker saved

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Dec 20, 2013

Ernst Helms (Эрнст Брунович Гельмс in Russian) was a German-Soviet artist, decorator and cartoonist. In a little-known chapter of his early life, he was literally saved by Emanuel Lasker's advice. Here's the episode, recounted by Yakov Damsky. "E...

Vasily Smyslov's 85th birthday interview, 2006

Vasily Smyslov's 85th birthday interview, 2006

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Nov 8, 2013

Source Two weeks have passed since 85th birthday of the seventh chess world champion, Vasily Smyslov. Vasily Vasilievich holds a record for the longest world championship performance career. He came second in the tournament for the vacant title a...

Vasily Smyslov's 75th birthday interview, 1996

Vasily Smyslov's 75th birthday interview, 1996

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Nov 6, 2013

Recorded by Yakov Damsky.   Talent in chess... I think it's the feeling of harmony. How quickly the player understands the position, how well is their intuition developed. This can be said about any profession, and in chess, it's determined by h...

Alekhine's Puzzles - can you solve them?

Alekhine's Puzzles - can you solve them?

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Aug 9, 2013

Taking those out of Alekhine/Vilner anecdote. Puzzle #1. The game starts from following position. White can do 8 moves in a row, but only on the first 4 ranks. Then, after this preparation, they have to mate Black in four moves or earlier, reg...

Who saved Alexander Alekhine?

Who saved Alexander Alekhine?

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Aug 7, 2013

A part of Sergei Tkachenko's extensive article about the master Yakov Vilner. "...In Odessa, a very strong tournament should have taken place, with Alekhine, Evenson, Bogoljubov, Dus-Chotimirsky, Bohatirchuk and other renowned players. Alas, the...

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