The 1st ‘All-Russia Olympiad’, Moscow 1920

A blog post devoted to the event that was later recognised as the 1st USSR Championship, which took place in Moscow in October 1920. Early in 1920, with the Russian Civil War still raging,  the well-known chessplayer and Old Bolshevik A. F. Ilyin-Zhenevsky was appointed to the post of head Commissar at the Headquarters of…

The Budapest-Moscow Match-tournament, 1949.

A blog post featuring translations of annotations (by Smyslov, Bronstein, Keres, Kotov, Averbakh, Flohr, Simagin & Szabó) to the games of the 1949 Budapest-Moscow match-tournament, with some background information on the event. Almost 70 years ago, during March and April of 1949, a match-tournament between teams representing the Soviet and Hungarian capitals took place.  The…