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    • Inspired by Naroditsky

      GM 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... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 10/05/2015
      • | 1408 vistas
      • | 8 comentarios
    • Nona Gaprindashvili. A Bow to the Veterans, part 1

      Excerpt from Gaprindashvili's book I Prefer Risk (Предпочитаю риск). 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... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 27/04/2015
      • | 701 vistas
      • | 0 comentarios
    • On Nigel Short's article and #sexisminchess

      After 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... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 26/04/2015
      • | 742 vistas
      • | 8 comentarios
    • Natalia 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... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 07/04/2015
      • | 1738 vistas
      • | 9 comentarios
    • Vladimir Kramnik: From Steinitz to Kasparov

      A 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... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 01/04/2015
      • | 2426 vistas
      • | 17 comentarios
    • The big pawn breakthrough

      Another game of mine. As usual, nothing particularly great, but I really liked the pawn ending. | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 24/03/2015
      • | 2115 vistas
      • | 9 comentarios
    • Yuri Averbakh: How I fell out with Korchnoi and Karpov

      An interesting insight as to why Korchnoi was disliked by Soviet authorities and chess society in 1970s. He didn't exactly make many friends. How I fell out with Korchnoi and Karpov In 1973, there were two Interzonals in Leningrad and Petropolis... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 14/03/2015
      • | 2227 vistas
      • | 23 comentarios
    • Five Miracles of Yuri Averbakh

      This game was played in a double round-robin playoff for the 1956 USSR Championship. Averbakh and Spassky were both tired after the main tournament, and this obviously showed. Annotated by Yuri Averbakh. | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 24/02/2015
      • | 1341 vistas
      • | 3 comentarios
    • Fischer - Larsen 1971, from 64 newspaper

      Vasily Panov. "Before the New Difficult Battles" (The part about Petrosian - Korchnoi match is omitted) Now let's discuss the match between two foreign stars: Robert Fischer, 28, USA, and Bent Larsen, 36, Denmark; it's kind of inappropriate now ... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 11/02/2015
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      • | 14 comentarios
    • Fischer - Taimanov 1971, annotated by Mikhail Tal

      From the old 64 newspapers. As a foreword: prognosis by Igor Bondarevsky, Boris Spassky's coach. Incredibly spot on, both about Fischer and Korchnoi. Many commentators and especially the public wait impatiently for the match between Robert Fisch... | Leer más

      • Spektrowski
      • | 08/02/2015
      • | 3234 vistas
      • | 20 comentarios