Mikhail Tal at the ‘Tournament of Stars’ (Montréal, 1979).

A blog post featuring annotations to five of Tal’s victories (v. Spassky – twice!, Larsen, Hübner & Portisch) from the ‘Tournament of Stars’ (Montréal, 1979), together with some background on the tournament. Mikhail Tal in play at the 46th USSR Championship, Tbilisi, December 1978 (Photo: TASS) Mikhail Tal’s career famously featured many ups and downs…

Podgaets-Zaichik (Sevastopol, 1986), with annotations by Podgaets.

A short biography of Mikhail Podgaets, International Master and Honoured Trainer of the USSR (and later, the Russian Federation).  Includes a .PDF download of his spectacular victory v. Gennady Zaichik from the 54th USSR Championship qualifier (Sevastopol, 1986), with translated annotations by Podgaets and Khodarkovsky. Mikhail Yakovlevich Podgaets (1947-2009) was a noted Soviet and Ukrainian chessplayer and trainer. …