Grigory Levenfish

A short biography of the Soviet grandmaster, with a selection of annotated games available as a .PDF download. Introduction In a chapter dedicated to Levenfish in his marvellous book , ‘Russian Silhouettes’, Genna Sosonko writes: In the chess history of the last [20th] century, with its wealth of events and personalities, his name can be found…

Georgy Agzamov

On 27th August 1986 the life of the very strong grandmaster from Soviet Central Asia, Georgy Azgamov, was tragically cut short in an accident in the Crimean peninsula.  Agzamov had been participating in an ‘Otborochnii’ (qualifying) tournament for the 54th USSR-ch at Sevastopol, where he finished a ½-point behind the winners.  Details of how he met…

Lev Aronin

A short article devoted to the life and games of Lev Solomonovich Aronin.  By profession a meteorologist, Aronin was one of the most talented Soviet players of the post-war years. Biographical Details Born on 20th July 1920, Aronin learned to play chess in his home city of Kuibyshev (which has since reverted to its pre-revolutionary…