Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! https://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Karpov's doctorEveryone knows the infamous parapsychologist, Dr. Vladimir Zukhar, whose presence was so unbearable for Korchnoi in Baguio that he demanded to remove him from the first rows of the playing hall. But there was another doctor working with Karpov on...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/karpovs-doctorFri, 27 Nov 2015 11:16:10 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/karpovs-doctorInfluenced by Silman: the tale of a Queen in a pin and a rampaging KnightI was never a particularly good player to begin with, but those instructive articles by Silman seem to be paying off. I'm not quite an epitome of an analyst either: aside from a couple variants, I didn't even move the pieces on the board during t...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/influenced-by-silman-the-tale-of-a-queen-in-a-pin-and-a-rampaging-knightWed, 18 Nov 2015 12:46:52 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/influenced-by-silman-the-tale-of-a-queen-in-a-pin-and-a-rampaging-knightSpassky - Fischer: The Return MatchThe last chapter of the Krogius book, mostly consisting of quotes from other authors. The Spassky - Fischer series: Part 0: Excerpts from the chapter about Spassky's preparation. Part 1: Pre-match, Spassky waiting for Fischer in Reykjavik. Par...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-return-matchFri, 30 Oct 2015 04:35:36 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-return-matchSpassky - Fischer: The Match Diary by Nikolai Krogius, part 7Part 7. The fallout: Boris returns to USSR Previously on: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6. And so, the departure day came. This time, we flew to Copenhagen through Oslo. The cold and rainy Icelandic autumn seemingly ...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-7Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:06:52 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-7Spassky - Fischer: The Match Diary by Nikolai Krogius, part 6Part 6. Ending and Aftermath, with Bobby speaking Russian Previously on: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. But while some wrote articles, and others prepared to greet the new world champion in person, thinking that the next fe...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-6Tue, 27 Oct 2015 04:33:53 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-6Spassky - Fischer: The Match Diary by Nikolai Krogius, part 5Part 5. In which Operation Chair is commenced and fails completely, and there are some draws Previously on the series: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Let's discuss the atmosphere around the match; we haven't touched that subject since Fi...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-5Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:27:53 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-5Spassky - Fischer: The Match Diary by Nikolai Krogius, part 4Part 4. In which Boris recovers, but it's too late  Previously on: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 The ninth game was played on 1st August; its opening didn't go well for the world champion. In the improved Tarrasch defence, Spassky went for a v...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-4Sat, 24 Oct 2015 01:16:35 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-4Spassky - Fischer: The Match Diary by Nikolai Krogius, part 3Part 3, in which Boris falters, and Bobby takes the lead  Previous installments: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2 But now, Bobby asked (or, should I say, demanded) that the third game, scheduled for July 16th, be played in a closed room, without any audi...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-3Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:35:49 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-3Spassky - Fischer: The Match Diary by Nikolai Krogius, part 2 Part 2, in which Bobby comes, sees... loses and forfeits Part 0 and Part 1 can be found by following the hyperlinks.   The postponement of the match caused a stir in the world. Spassky received many telegrams from Yugoslavia, Germany, Swede...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-2Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:38:00 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-2Spassky - Fischer: The Match Diary by Nikolai Krogius, part 1As promised, I'm continuing the translation of Nikolay Krogius' biographical book about Boris Spassky, particularly the most interesting part for the Western readers - about his match against Bobby Fischer. The chapter was divided by arbitrary pa...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-1Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:43:00 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/spassky---fischer-the-match-diary-by-nikolai-krogius-part-1"Preparing for the match against Fischer", excerpts from Boris Spassky's bioNikolai Krogius was one of Spassky's coaches during his preparations for the match against Fischer. He shares a lot of insight from the Soviet camp. Here are some quotes from his biographical book about Spassky, published in 1998 and 2000 (2 volu...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/nikolai-krogius-quotpreparing-for-the-match-against-fischerquot-excerpts-from-boris-spasskysTue, 20 Oct 2015 02:22:07 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/nikolai-krogius-quotpreparing-for-the-match-against-fischerquot-excerpts-from-boris-spasskysSerper's Long Lost GameI'll admit, the title is a bit misleading. GM Serper himself probably has it in his archives. But, nevertheless, this game is not featured on chessgames.com, so it certainly was lost for a vast majority of chess fans. The game is from the Soviet ...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/serpers-long-lost-gameSun, 18 Oct 2015 03:27:39 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/serpers-long-lost-gameRare candy: Korchnoi tacticViktor Korchnoi isn't exactly known for his tactical masterpieces - his best chess quality is arguably his great tenacity, both in attack and defence. But, in his youth (yes, there was a time when Korchnoi was young!), he destroyed Efim Geller wi...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/rare-candy-korchnoi-tacticSat, 11 Jul 2015 16:22:56 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/rare-candy-korchnoi-tacticGarry Kasparov. My Best Chess GameArticle from the magazine Chess In Russia, 1999 My Best Chess Game "My best game is ahead..." How many times have we heard this answer from chess players of any age and level of success. The dream of playing that game, which would shine upon t...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/garry-kasparov-my-best-chess-gameThu, 02 Jul 2015 03:03:29 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/garry-kasparov-my-best-chess-gameInspired by NaroditskyGM Naroditsky is currently feuding with GM Serper in the Articles section of the site. The main topic of their argument is a certain Knight sacrifice at e6. After reading Naroditsky's article, I suddenly got a chance to sacrifice at e6 as well, ev...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/inspired-by-naroditskySun, 10 May 2015 15:37:28 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/inspired-by-naroditskyNona Gaprindashvili. A Bow to the Veterans, part 1Excerpt from Gaprindashvili's book I Prefer Risk (ÐÑедпоÑиÑÐ°Ñ ÑиÑк). A Bow to the Veterans The first woman world champion Vera Menchik was tragically killed on 27th June 1944 during the Nazi bombing of London. After Alexander Ale...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/nona-gaprindashvili-a-bow-to-the-veteransMon, 27 Apr 2015 12:42:40 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/nona-gaprindashvili-a-bow-to-the-veteransOn Nigel Short's article and #sexisminchessAfter reading some comments on Nigel Short's article about difference between men and women, I realized I had surprisingly strong feelings about this issue. I, frankly, don't see Short's comments as sexist, but that's probably because of my diffe...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/on-nigel-shorts-article-and-sexisminchessSun, 26 Apr 2015 16:18:01 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/on-nigel-shorts-article-and-sexisminchessNatalia Pogonina: "There were no politics in the chess final"Original in Russian here. The World Championship finalist Natalia Pogonina told in the interview for Gazeta.ru about her path in the Sochi tournament, the secrets of Olympiad victories, Russian-Ukrainian friendship and the benefits of chess for c...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/natalia-pogonina-quotthere-were-no-politics-in-the-chess-finalquotTue, 07 Apr 2015 02:46:27 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/natalia-pogonina-quotthere-were-no-politics-in-the-chess-finalquotVladimir Kramnik: From Steinitz to KasparovA 2005 interview of Vladimir Kramnik where he discusses all previous chess world champions of the time. The Russian original is here: http://www.e3e5.com/article.php?id=190 FROM STEINITZ TO KASPAROV I got to know the legacy of chess classics rel...https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/vladimir-kramnik-from-steinitz-to-kasparovWed, 01 Apr 2015 15:17:47 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/vladimir-kramnik-from-steinitz-to-kasparovThe big pawn breakthroughAnother game of mine. As usual, nothing particularly great, but I really liked the pawn ending. https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/the-big-pawn-breakthroughTue, 24 Mar 2015 12:43:43 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Spektrowski/the-big-pawn-breakthrough