Stein v. Kapengut (39th USSR-ch, Leningrad 1971), with annotations by Kapengut.

Among the 22 participants in the final of the 39th USSR Championship (Leningrad, 1971) were Smyslov, Tal, Karpov, Bronstein, Polugaevsky, Geller and Stein.  Taking part in such distinguished company for the first time, the master from Belarus, Albert Kapengut, took 10th place.  This blog post features Kapengut’s annotations to his win over Stein, together with some biographical…

Mikhail Tal at the Leningrad Interzonal, 1973.

During the years 1972-1974, Mikhail Tal famously embarked on two very long series of unbeaten games, which are among the longest ever recorded.  However, between these two unbeaten runs he suffered something of a collapse in form, in a period that crucially included the FIDE Interzonal Tournament held in Leningrad.  As so often in Tal’s…