Some Dutch Miniatures from Abram Roizman.

Some Dutch Miniatures from Abram Roizman.


Afternoon Everyone. A quick bit of fun today!!

A few days ago, my good friend @kamalakanta took time out of his chaotic shedule to bring us some nice chess here:-  

There was a game there that caught my eye with the idea of leaving the Queen en prise for the sake of a Knight and Bishop mate. I knew that I had seen the theme in an old Russian book somewhere.

A couple of hours  later I manged to find it in this little book by Abram Roizman.

Roizman wrote two or three of these cheap little books of miniatures - I have a couple of them. They are a real delight! Lots of bright little games - many of which you simply won't find anywhere else.

The game in question was won by Roizman himself.

Whilst I was in that chapter of the book I decided to take a few more of the games from it and put a little post together to give you half an hour of chess fun, which I hope you enjoy. The photos are a  bonus!!

First up the best known of the games where the young Max Euwe - I really must stop posting his losses!- gets a lesson.

The next game features a move that I find really beautiful by a player whose name will be familiar, but whose games will not be. ( Yep - a theme in my stuff!!)

Championship of Ukraine in 1946. Sokolsky plays with Kiev master Evsey Polyak, later Stein’s coach.
Sokolsky right of picture.

Ok. If you like your chess with the blood dripping out of it, go check out the games of a guy who made Tal look a right wimp - here we see him opposite - err - Tal!!

You might like to start here :  

The next game was won by someone you must have all studied  by now - if not, then why not!!??

And one from the creative legacy of Mark Taimanov, against another of the Ukraine's incredible chess heritage, Vladimir Savon, pictured on the left here - with Tal in the background - against Rozenburg, at the USSR cup  (which crops up in my Konstantinopolsky post)  of 1970.

Photo via the incredible Douglas Griffin, who finds amazing photos and posts them online for us all to enjoy.

Taimanov, Tal, Petrosian and Korchnoi, from the Telegraph obituary of Mark Taimanov.