The Zonal ‘Tournament of Seven’, Moscow 1964.

A blog post on the Zonal Tournament held in Moscow in early 1964, which featured Spassky, Bronstein, Stein, Geller, Korchnoi, Kholmov and Suetin, with translated annotations to three outstanding games from the event and some detail on the controversial circumstances surrounding it. The opening pages of the report on the Moscow Zonal by I. Z.…

Mikhail Tal at the ‘Tournament of Stars’ (Montréal, 1979).

A blog post featuring annotations to five of Tal’s victories (v. Spassky – twice!, Larsen, Hübner & Portisch) from the ‘Tournament of Stars’ (Montréal, 1979), together with some background on the tournament. Mikhail Tal in play at the 46th USSR Championship, Tbilisi, December 1978 (Photo: TASS) Mikhail Tal’s career famously featured many ups and downs…