Vassily Ivanchuk’s games in the Soviet press.

A blog post featuring links to translations of Vassily Ivanchuk’s contemporary annotations to some of his early games, as they appeared in the Soviet publications ‘Shakhmaty v SSSR’, ‘Shakhmaty (Riga)’ and ’64’. Vassily Ivanchuk,  one of the greatest chess talents to emerge during the final years of the Soviet Union, was born in the Ternopol…

Szabó-Tal (Moscow, 1963) with annotations by Tal.

A short blog post dedicated to an interesting draw between the Hungarian grandmaster, László Szabó and ex-World Champion Mikhail Tal, from the 5th Central Chess Club International in Moscow, 1963. During October-November 1963, the fifth in a series of international tournaments organised by the USSR Central Chess Club took place in Moscow.  The 15-round all-play-all…

Mikhail Botvinnik at Leiden, 1970.

A short blog post dedicated to the final tournament in the long career of the 6th World Champion. To mark the 75th anniversary of the Leidsch Schaakgenootschap (the Leiden Chess Club), attempts were made to organise a match between Mikhail Botvinnik (USSR) and Bobby Fischer (USA) that would take place in the spring of 1970.  Preparations…