Szabó-Tal (Moscow, 1963) with annotations by Tal.

A short blog post dedicated to an interesting draw between the Hungarian grandmaster, László Szabó and ex-World Champion Mikhail Tal, from the 5th Central Chess Club International in Moscow, 1963. During October-November 1963, the fifth in a series of international tournaments organised by the USSR Central Chess Club took place in Moscow.  The 15-round all-play-all…

Mikhail Botvinnik at Leiden, 1970.

A short blog post dedicated to the final tournament in the long career of the 6th World Champion. To mark the 75th anniversary of the Leidsch Schaakgenootschap (the Leiden Chess Club), attempts were made to organise a match between Mikhail Botvinnik (USSR) and Bobby Fischer (USA) that would take place in the spring of 1970.  Preparations…

Razuvaev & Murakhveri’s book on Akiba Rubinstein.

The biographical work Akiba Rubinshtein by Yu. S. Razuvaev & V. I. Murakhevri, published in Moscow by the state publishing house Fizkultura i Sport in 1980, is generally considered to be one of the most important books written in the latter part of the twentieth century. Here, for example, is what Boris Gelfand has to say…