"Tournament Technique" by Aron Nimzowitsch

"Tournament Technique" by Aron Nimzowitsch

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Jul 25, 2013

An article for the Soviet newspaper Shakhmaty, 1929. Tournament technique Tournament technique is, of course, tightly connected with the pure chess technique, but it also has its own special logic. I think that this logic needs to be described, ...

Remembering Capablanca

Remembering Capablanca

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Jul 24, 2013

Yakov Rokhlin (1903-1995) was a chess master, coach and author. He's probably best remembered as one of the first organizers of Soviet chess movement, playing a large part in opening of chess clubs in various cities of USSR. In 1936, he met Capab...

Mikhail Tal's blindfold simul for documentary

Mikhail Tal's blindfold simul for documentary

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Jan 19, 2013

Footage from the Seven Steps Beyond Horizon documentary   Subtitles: Grandmaster M. Tal, blindfold simultaneous display Announcer: Board six, Nb8 to c6. M. Tal: c3 takes d4. Announcer: Board eight, d6 takes e5. M. Tal: e4 to e5 (? Both Tal...

Mikhail Tal TV interview in 1987

Mikhail Tal TV interview in 1987

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Jan 16, 2013

The whole program was posted on Youtube on Summer. I have discovered it only recently and translated all that was said and made the TV cut. It differs from my other blog posts about that interview in one thing: I translated Tal's words directly,...

A small Alexander Alekhine anecdote

A small Alexander Alekhine anecdote

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Oct 17, 2012

In 1919, Alexander Alekhine worked at a film studio in USSR. A man entered the lobby and asked to see someone from the educational department. "I'm listening, Mr. Poluektov", Alekhine said. "Do we know each other?" the visitor asked, puzzled. "...

Smyslov takes on Ivanchuk... and wins

Smyslov takes on Ivanchuk... and wins

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Sep 11, 2012

This game was played at the 1988 USSR Championship. Vasily Smyslov, 68 at the time, shows his 19 years old namesake that he's still a formidable opponent. Annotated by Vasily Smyslov and Garry Kasparov. Another game from the same tournament. Sm...

"He who hated draws", part 5

"He who hated draws", part 5

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Jan 16, 2012

For the next game, let's quote Edward Lasker. "This game's result had a large impact on destinies of three outstanding chess players. The undeserved loss had become a drama of his life for Janowski. Capablanca, after winning the game, won the w...

"He who hated draws": Dawid Janowski, the gambler

"He who hated draws": Dawid Janowski, the gambler

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Jan 14, 2012

Dawid Janowski had two passions in his life - chess and gambling. He would visit a casino whenever there's a chance, often losing hefty sums in one night. Here's a recollection of some less-known gambling episodes from Janowski's life by Oleg Skur...

"He who hated draws", part 4

"He who hated draws", part 4

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Dec 31, 2011

"In this game, excellently played by both partners, Janowski, as always, tried to square the circle, or, speaking in more chess terms - to win an absolutely equal position." (G. Marco)   Here, Janowski played a "semi-correct" combination, one o...

A small "Famous people playing chess" anecdote

A small "Famous people playing chess" anecdote

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Dec 12, 2011

Rodion Yakovlevich Malinovsky is not a name you'd find in chess books. The famous Marshal of the Soviet Union won his "games" on real battlefields of World War II, controlling much more than 16 pieces on the board. Nevertheless, chess was his hob...

"He who hated draws", special feature

"He who hated draws", special feature

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Nov 25, 2011

Readers asked me to post some winning games by Dawid Janowski. So, here they are - some truly brilliant products of his imagination. These combinations are given as puzzles. This game by the young Janowski was printed in many chess magazines. ...

"He who hated draws", part 3

"He who hated draws", part 3

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Nov 23, 2011

Janowski often fell victim to Lasker's psychological preparation. In the last round of Cambridge Springs 1904, Lasker had to win with Black pieces to catch up with Janowski... and he did exactly that. In 1905, Janowski played a match against M...

"He who hated draws", part 2

"He who hated draws", part 2

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Nov 18, 2011

Janowski used King's Gambit against the aging Steinitz. Steinitz tried to refute it, Janowski counter-refuted, but then made a couple of inaccurate moves and lost.   Lasker already guaranteed himself the first prize and probably didn't mind a d...

"He who hated draws"

"He who hated draws"

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Nov 17, 2011

The Polish/Russian - French - Jewish grandmaster Dawid (David Markelovich) Janowski (1868 - 1927) was known for his fiery attacking style, occasional impossible blunders and hatred of draws. Someone said of him, "He would rather lose a game than d...

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