Andrei Sokolov

A brief blog post devoted to Andrei Sokolov, former World #3. Today, the name of Andrei Sokolov (b. 1963, Vorkuta, USSR) is not a well-known one. Since the year 2000 he has lived in France, and represented that nation in international team competitions. At the time of writing, his FIDE rating is a lowly 2490.…

Aleksandr Kotov at the Saltsjöbaden Interzonal, 1952.

A blog post dedicated to Aleksandr Kotov’s crushing victory at the 1952 FIDE Interzonal tournament, with a selection of his games from the event with annotations from the Soviet tournament book. The second FIDE Interzonal tournament, like the inaugural event four years earlier, took place in the resort town of Saltsjöbaden, not far from the…

Euwe-Botvinnik (Nottingham, 1936) with annotations by Euwe.

A short blog post featuring a translation of Max Euwe’s notes to his encounter with Mikhail Botvinnik, from the tournament at Nottingham 1936 – as they appeared in ‘Shakhmaty v SSSR’. The great tournament at Nottingham in 1936 featured no fewer than five World Champions, past, present and future – Emanuel Lasker, José Raúl Capablanca,…

The Soviet book on the Alekhine-Bogoljubow match of 1929.

A brief blog post featuring translations of Mikhail Botvinnik’s annotations to the games of the first Alekhine v. Bogoljubow match, as they appear in the book ‘Match Alekhine-Bogoljubov na pervenstvo mira’, published in the USSR in 1931. Alexander Alekhine had become the 4th World Chess Champion in 1927 by defeating Capablanca in one of the…