Yuri Averbakh

A blog post dedicated to the world’s oldest living grandmaster, Yuri Averbakh, on the occasion of his centenary. Yuri Lvovich Averbakh – a key figure in the Soviet chess movement during the second half of the 20th century – was born on 8th February 1922, in the city of Kaluga, where his father was employed…

Sergei Dolmatov’s games in the Soviet press.

A short blog post featuring translations of Sergey Dolmatov’s annotations to some of his games from the Soviet chess press, and some brief biographical information on the famous grandmaster and trainer. Sergei Viktorovich Dolmatov was born in the town of Kiselyovsk, in the Kemerovo region of Western Siberia, on 20th February 1959. At the time…

Artur Jussupow’s games in the Soviet press.

A short blog post featuring a selection of games and some brief biographical information on the outstanding Soviet (later German) grandmaster Artur Jussupow. Artur Mayakovich Jussupow (or, as it was customarily spelled in the days before he became a German citizen, ‘Yusupov’) was born in Moscow on 13th February 1960. He learned to play chess…

The Karpov-Polugaevsky Candidates’ Quarter-final (Moscow, 1974), with annotations by Botvinnik, Karpov, Polugaevsky & Spassky.

A blog post dedicated to the first of Karpov’s Candidates’ matches on the his path to the World Championship. The draw for the 1974 Candidates’ matches paired Anatoly Karpov with Lev Polugaevsky at the Quarter-final stage. Karpov had qualified by confidently sharing 1st-2nd place in the Leningrad Interzonal the previous summer. Lev Polugaevsky had a…

Paul Keres’ Games in the Soviet Chess Press.

A blog post dedicated to some less well-known games by the outstanding Estonian grandmaster Paul Keres. Paul Keres (b. 1916, Narva; d. 1975, Helsinki) needs little introduction. Already before World War Two he was co-winner of the great AVRO tournament of 1938, and he went on to win three Soviet Championships (1947, 1950 & 1951)…

The Later Games of Mikhail Botvinnik.

A blog post devoted to games played by Mikhail Botvinnik during the final part of his long career. The 6th World Champion, Mikhail Moiseevich Botvinnik (1911-1995) lost the title for the final time against Tigran Petrosian in 1963, and retired from over-the-board play in 1970. During that seven-year period he played some magnificent chess. For…

The Karpov-Spassky Candidates’ Semi-final (Leningrad, 1974), with annotations by Tal, Botvinnik & Karpov.

A blog post devoted to Anatoly Karpov’s historic match-win against Boris Spassky in the 1974 Candidates semi-final. I was present as a reporter during the match in Leningrad, and I witnessed how impressively Karpov defeated the ex-World Champion. His wins in this match were awe-inspiring. Jan Timman, ‘Timman’s Titans’ (New in Chess, 2016) The semi-finals…