Greatest Minds Chess Videos

NimzoRoy

[bump] This blog was created by enju, I just put it in alphabetical order and have added new videos not available when this list was originally made. Enju did most of the work and deserves all the credit here!

Do you recognize 2 of the greatest chess minds in history here? Both of them are featured in this series, the smiling player in a 13 part series and his cigar smoking opponent in a 5 part series. The photo is from the famous NY International Tnmt of 1924.

Click on the players name (if not followed by "part 1" etc or else click on "part 1" "part 2" etc) I mention this because they don't look like links in my browser, so maybe they don't in yours either.

Alexander Alekhine  

Viswanathan Anand   Part 1   Part 2  Part 3

Mikhail Botvinnik       Part 1    Part 2

David Bronstein         Part 1    Part 2

Bobby Fischer           Part 1   Part 2    Part 3   Part 4    Part 5   

Capablanca               Part 1     Part 2   Part 3   Part 4    Part 5   

                                 Part 6     Part 7   Part 8   Part 9    Part 10  

                                 Part 11   Part 12  Part 13

Efim Geller               Part 1     Part 2   Part 3

Svetozar Gligoric      Part 1     Part 2   Part 3  Part 4

Anatoly Karpov         Part 1    Part 2

Paul Keres                Part 1     Part 2

Viktor Korchnoi

Bent Larsen

Emanuel Lasker        Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5

Aron Nimzowitsch   Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6

Tigran Petrosian       Part 1  Part 2   Part 3  Part 4  Part 5

                                 Part 6   Part 7  Part 8  Part 9                                 

Samuel Reshevsky

Akiba Rubinstein   Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6   Part 7   Part 8   Part 9   Part 10  Part 11   Part 12

Vasily Smyslov      Part 1    Part 2

Boris Spassky       Part 1    Part 2

Leonid Stein         Part 1    Part 2

Wilhelm Steinitz   Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5  Part 6  Part 7

Mikhail Tal              Part 1   Part 2

Siegbert Tarrasch   Part 1   Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5

Boko-maru

I'm holding out till Fischer is properly alphabetized by last name instead of first, which just seems heretical somehow, and would come before Bronstein anyway.

I'd also like to see Larsen moved over to boldface, but that's not a deal breaker.

NimzoRoy
Boko-maru wrote:

I'm holding out till Fischer is properly alphabetized by last name instead of first, which just seems heretical somehow, and would come before Bronstein anyway.

I'd also like to see Larsen moved over to boldface, but that's not a deal breaker.

I have a swell idea - make up your own list and format it anyway you want to. If you know a thing or two about WP I've already done 95% of the work for you. If you don't know much about WPs have fun making up your own list from scratch.

Brasigringo

Nimzo good work as usual contributing to the entertainment and educational value of the site. Thanks!

epoqueepique

I like boko-maru's sense of humor, funny you took it wrong, nimzo :)

Thanks nimzo, and enju, this is a great compilation.

DalaiLuke
Brasigringo wrote:

Nimzo good work as usual contributing to the entertainment and educational value of the site. Thanks!

This ... seconded!  :)

NimzoRoy
epoqueepique wrote:

I like boko-maru's sense of humor, funny you took it wrong, nimzo :)

Thanks nimzo, and enju, this is a great compilation.

Estragon
NimzoRoy wrote:
epoqueepique wrote:

I like boko-maru's sense of humor, funny you took it wrong, nimzo :)

Thanks nimzo, and enju, this is a great compilation.

 

Since the topic is interesting and little-known facts, the scene you depict was not in the original script.  The mirror was just a prop in the room for Travis Bickle to admire himself and strike poses, and for some reason there was a delay in filming the scene.  Bored, DeNiro began playing out his conversation with the mirror, a complete ad-lib to be funny for the crew, but it was so engrossing that Scorcese decided to film it and put it in the movie.

Years later, when saxophonist and "E-Street Band" mainstay Clarence Clemons coached DeNiro on how to "play" the saxophone for a movie scene, he claimed DeNiro told him he had lifted the line from a Bruce Springsteen concert entrance, where "The Boss" egged on the crowd cheering his appearance with "You talkin' to ME?"

epoqueepique

That's right : "the scene you depict was not in the original script."

Hehe...