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…

Smyslov and Kotov at Venice, 1950.

A blog post dedicated to the appearance of two of the leading Soviet grandmasters in the international tournament at Venice, 1950, featuring translations of Smyslov’s and Kotov’s annotations to some of their games from the event, as well as extracts from Kotov’s report on the tournament from the Soviet Chess Yearbook. The 2nd round at…