Ratmir Kholmov (1925-2006)

A biographical article on the outstanding Russian grandmaster Ratmir Kholmov, featuring translations of his annotations to some of his most famous games. Ratmir Kholmov (left), in play in the Tartu Semi-final of the 18th USSR Championship, September 1950.  (Photo credit: L. Matt / Edasi, via http://www.e-varamu.ee.) INTRODUCTION Ratmir Dmitrievich Kholmov was an outstanding Soviet grandmaster;…

The Korchnoi-Polugaevsky Candidates’ Semi-final (Buenos Aires, 1980), with annotations by Makarychev and Polugaevsky.

A blog post dedicated to the tense 1980 Candidates’ Semi-final between Korchnoi and Polugaevsky, featuring translations of the annotations of the games to the match from the contemporary Soviet press, and some background to the event. Viktor Korchnoi & Lev Polugaevsky in happier times together, toasting their success at the Amsterdam IBM tournament of July…

The Keres-Spassky Candidates’ Quarter-final (Riga, 1965), with annotations by Tal, Spassky, Bondarevsky, Keres et. al.

A blog post dedicated to the Keres-Spassky Candidates’ Quarter-final match (Riga, 1965), with translations of contemporary annotations to all ten of the games, by Mikhail Tal and Alekander Koblencs, Igor Bondarevsky, Boris Spassky, Paul Keres and Iivo Nei, and some background to the match. Boris Spassky (left) in play v.  István Bilek in the Amsterdam…

The Spassky-Tal Candidates’ Final (Tbilisi, 1965) with annotations by Spassky, Bondarevsky, Shamkovich & Petersons.

A blog post dedicated to the Spassky-Tal Candidates’ final, featuring translations of the annotations of the games of the match – by Spassky himself, and by the players’ seconds and trainers. Boris Spassky and his trainer, Igor Bondarevsky, mid-1960s (source: e3e5.com) The final contest in the series of matches held to decide who would challenge…