Botvinnik-Reshevsky (World Championship Match-Tournament, Moscow 1948), with annotations by Keres & Levenfish.

A short blog post dedicated to Samuel Reshevsky’s win over Mikhail Botvinnik in the World Championship match-tournament of 1948. With the death of Alexander Alekhine in Estoril in March, 1946, the title of World Chess Champion became vacant. Two years later, a match-tournament took place to determine Alekhine’s successor; the participants were Max Euwe (Netherlands),…

Vassily Ivanchuk’s games in the Soviet press.

A blog post featuring links to translations of Vassily Ivanchuk’s contemporary annotations to some of his early games, as they appeared in the Soviet publications ‘Shakhmaty v SSSR’, ‘Shakhmaty (Riga)’ and ’64’. Vassily Ivanchuk,  one of the greatest chess talents to emerge during the final years of the Soviet Union, was born in the Ternopol…

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…