Tal at the Leningrad Interzonal

During the years 1972-1974, Mikhail Tal famously embarked on two very long series of unbeaten games, which are among the longest ever recorded.  However, between these two unbeaten runs he suffered something of a collapse in form, in a period that crucially included the FIDE Interzonal Tournament held in Leningrad.  As so often in Tal’s…

Vladimir Savon (1940-2005)

Vladimir Savon (1940-2005) is an unfamiliar name among many chess fans today.  Yet, at the peak of his strength in the early 1970s, he proved more than a match for many of the best players of the day.  His greatest success was undoubtedly his first place, by a point-and-a-half, in the 39th USSR-ch in Leningrad,…