Yuri Balashov.

A short blog post dedicated to the Yuri Balashov, with some brief biographical information and a selection of his games, with translations of his annotations from the Soviet chess press. This game [ v. Biyiasas, Lone Pine 1977] is typical of Balashov’s style. His moves are not especially exciting or ingenious – just consistently strong.…

Viacheslav Ragozin (1908-1962).

A blog post dedicated to the outstanding Soviet theoretician Viacheslav Ragozin. Featuring brief biographical details and translations of his annotations to a selection of his games. An earlier blog post on this site was dedicated to two magnificent games by Ragozin with the defence that today bears his name. Indeed, his name has become so…

The Minsk International, 1982.

A blog post devoted to the little-known international tournament held 40 years ago in the city of Minsk. Exactly 40 years ago, final preparations were under way for the first-ever international tournament to be held in the capital of the Belorussian Republic. The invitees were: From the Soviet Union: grandmaster & Soviet Champion Lev Psakhis…

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…