The Petrosian-Spassky World Championship Match (Moscow, 1969), with annotations by Tal, Korchnoi, Boleslavsky & Bondarevsky.

A blog post dedicated to the annotations, from the contemporary Soviet chess press, of the games of the 1969 World Championship match. In the spring of 1969 the defending champion Tigran Petrosian once again faced challenger Boris Spassky in a 24-game match for the World Championship. As the defeated challenger, this time around Spassky had…

Yuri Dokhoian (1964-2021).

A brief blog post dedicated to the memory of the grandmaster and celebrated trainer, Yuri Dokhoian, who has died at the age of 56. Yuri Rafaelovich Dokhoian was born on 23rd October 1964 in the village of Zyryanovka in the Altai region of Western Siberia. It is not clear at what age he began to…

Ulf Andersson’s games in the Soviet Chess Press.

A brief blog post to mark the occasion of the 70th birthday of the famous Swedish grandmaster. Ulf Andersson was born in the Swedish town of Arboga on 27th June 1951. He would grow up to become one of the world’s leading grandmasters (at his peak, he reached #4 on the FIDE rating list), developing…

Andrei Sokolov.

A brief blog post devoted to Andrei Sokolov, former World #3. Today, the name of Andrei Sokolov (b. 1963, Vorkuta, USSR) is not a well-known one. Since the year 2000 he has lived in France, and represented that nation in international team competitions. At the time of writing, his FIDE rating is a lowly 2490.…

Aleksandr Kotov at the Saltsjöbaden Interzonal, 1952.

A blog post dedicated to Aleksandr Kotov’s crushing victory at the 1952 FIDE Interzonal tournament, with a selection of his games from the event with annotations from the Soviet tournament book. The second FIDE Interzonal tournament, like the inaugural event four years earlier, took place in the resort town of Saltsjöbaden, not far from the…

Euwe-Botvinnik (Nottingham, 1936) with annotations by Euwe.

A short blog post featuring a translation of Max Euwe’s notes to his encounter with Mikhail Botvinnik, from the tournament at Nottingham 1936 – as they appeared in ‘Shakhmaty v SSSR’. The great tournament at Nottingham in 1936 featured no fewer than five World Champions, past, present and future – Emanuel Lasker, José Raúl Capablanca,…