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    • Possessed by Mikhail Tal?

      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.   | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 01/09/2014
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      • | 0 comentarios
    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 1

      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... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 30/08/2014
      • | 255 vistas
      • | 4 comentarios
    • Yuri Averbakh remembers Mikhail Botvinnik

      Some fragments from his memoirs. Games added by me. World Champion's sparring partner When we were preparing for a match against USA, Botvinnik offered me to play a couple of training games. Of course, it was interesting to train with a World Ch... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 28/08/2014
      • | 496 vistas
      • | 8 comentarios
    • Yuri Averbakh remembers some old-time players

      Yuri Averbakh is currently the oldest living grandmaster (he's 92 years old). Here are some of his memories about old-time Soviet players. Games were picked by me. Nikolai Mikhailovich Zubarev (1894-1951). A thickset man with shaved head, always... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 27/08/2014
      • | 412 vistas
      • | 8 comentarios
    • Spassky vs. Polugaevsky 1961, with Spassky's autobiographical annotation.

      The game was annotated by Spassky somewhere in the 1990s. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 I remember the year 1950. I was a small boy back then. The Leningrad team got me to the Russian SFSR players, so that I could play "Chapayev" against Lyova. You know this... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 30/07/2014
      • | 865 vistas
      • | 8 comentarios
    • The Urusov brothers

      A small article from this blog. Both Urusov brothers, according to their father's wishes, were enrolled into the First St. Petersburg Military Corps in the early childhood. They graduated with high distinction and became the Guard officers. They ... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 24/04/2014
      • | 880 vistas
      • | 4 comentarios
    • It runs in the family

      My 5 years old daughter recently asked me to show how chess pieces move. Voila, today she drew me (not without advices from me, but still). Seems I'll have to find a chess teacher for her. | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 21/04/2014
      • | 776 vistas
      • | 3 comentarios
    • Thoughts of a 'numerical sports historian'

      I cannot call myself a true historian. Real historical research usually involves much more than a few Google searches and translations. But in sports history, there's a particular niche I took much liking in. It's 'history in numbers' - or 'goals,... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 05/04/2014
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      • | 6 comentarios
    • Dominant world champions and more

      Here's a table, based on chessgames.com metrics, of points scored by world champions and other leading grandmasters between each other. By 'leading grandmasters', I mean the following players: Everyone who played a World Championship match Everyo... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 03/04/2014
      • | 1117 vistas
      • | 12 comentarios
    • The most dominant world champions, preview version

      From the stats on chessgames.com, I've compiled a table of how World Champions from Lasker to Kasparov fared against the leading players of their eras. The criteria for choosing 'leading players' were simple: all the World Champions, everyone who ... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 08/03/2014
      • | 2079 vistas
      • | 20 comentarios