Mikhail Tal at West Berlin, 1986.

Mikhail Tal took part in the 1986 edition of the ‘Berliner Sommer’, an event which was one of the largest ‘opens’ in Europe.  Despite his relative unfamiliarity with Swiss systems, and despite the difficult playing conditions, he succeeded in taking 1st place (on tie-break).  He later wrote a report on the event for the Soviet…

Ivanchuk-Kasparov (Linares, 1991), with annotations by Ivanchuk.

A short blog post dedicated to Vassily Ivanchuk’s win v. the World Champion Garry Kasparov, from the Linares super-tournament of 1991.  It features a translation of the contemporary annotations by the winner, from the Soviet magazine ’64’. The 21-year-old Vassily Ivanchuk, pictured after winning the 1991 edition of the Ciudad de Linares tournament. (Credit: unknown.)…

Ragozin’s games v. Reshevsky (Semmering, 1937) & Lisitsyn (11th USSR-ch, Leningrad 1939), with annotations by Lipnitsky & Ragozin.

A blog post dedicated to two remarkable games by Vyacheslav Ragozin, in which the outstanding Soviet theoretician developed the opening system that was to bear his name – the Ragozin Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined.  Some brief biographical details of Ragozin are also presented. Vyacheslav Ragozin, pictured in play v. Salo Flohr in the…