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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... | Read More
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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 ... | Read More
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. | Read More
Euwe (Netherlands) vs. Alekhine (France) 1935 (some games)
Alekhine (France) vs. Euwe (Netherlands) 1937 (some games)
Karpov (Russia) vs. Timman (Netherlands) 1993 FIDE (some games)
Karpov (Russia) v... | Read More
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I TOLD YAKOVLEV: "YOU LIKE KASPAROV? OK, YOU CAN BUILD HIM A GOLDEN PALACE OR SOMETHING, BUT WHY DO YOU BADGER ME?"
I think that your confrontation with Garry Kasparov was also very sharp and political. You've already menti... | Read More
There was always much more politics than sports in the Soviet chess. For the ruling Communist regime, chess has become a symbol of unrivaled intellectual prowess. The whole big country, from Moscow to far... | Read More
Ages are given for the day of the first game. Winner of the match (or champion retaining his title) is in bold.
Kramnik vs. Leko still remains the only World Championship match in history in which both players weren't 30 yet.
1892: ... | Read More
Article by chess historian Sergey Voronkov.
Right after the 13th USSR Championship, the first wartime chess conference took place. All the points of its agenda were fair for the time: intens... | Read More
Yesterday, I won two games in a row, with White and Black, with a typical Tal-like "not fully correct" sacrifices at f7 and f2, with opponents failing to find best defence.
Just a funny turn of events, nothing too flashy here.
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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... | Read More