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    • Yuri Averbakh remembers Mikhail Botvinnik

      Some fragments from his memoirs. Games added by me. World Champion's sparring partner When we were preparing for a match against USA, Botvinnik offered me to play a couple of training games. Of course, it was interesting to train with a World Ch... | Mehr lesen

      • Spektrowski
      • | 28.08.2014
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    • Yuri Averbakh remembers some old-time players

      Yuri Averbakh is currently the oldest living grandmaster (he's 92 years old). Here are some of his memories about old-time Soviet players. Games were picked by me. Nikolai Mikhailovich Zubarev (1894-1951). A thickset man with shaved head, always... | Mehr lesen

      • Spektrowski
      • | 27.08.2014
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    • Spassky vs. Polugaevsky 1961, with Spassky's autobiographical annotation.

      The game was annotated by Spassky somewhere in the 1990s. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 I remember the year 1950. I was a small boy back then. The Leningrad team got me to the Russian SFSR players, so that I could play "Chapayev" against Lyova. You know this... | Mehr lesen

      • Spektrowski
      • | 30.07.2014
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    • The Urusov brothers

      A small article from this blog. Both Urusov brothers, according to their father's wishes, were enrolled into the First St. Petersburg Military Corps in the early childhood. They graduated with high distinction and became the Guard officers. They ... | Mehr lesen

      • Spektrowski
      • | 24.04.2014
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    • It runs in the family

      My 5 years old daughter recently asked me to show how chess pieces move. Voila, today she drew me (not without advices from me, but still). Seems I'll have to find a chess teacher for her. | Mehr lesen

      • Spektrowski
      • | 21.04.2014
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    • Thoughts of a 'numerical sports historian'

      I cannot call myself a true historian. Real historical research usually involves much more than a few Google searches and translations. But in sports history, there's a particular niche I took much liking in. It's 'history in numbers' - or 'goals,... | Mehr lesen

      • Spektrowski
      • | 05.04.2014
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    • Dominant world champions and more

      Here's a table, based on chessgames.com metrics, of points scored by world champions and other leading grandmasters between each other. By 'leading grandmasters', I mean the following players: Everyone who played a World Championship match Everyo... | Mehr lesen

      • Spektrowski
      • | 03.04.2014
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    • The most dominant world champions, preview version

      From the stats on chessgames.com, I've compiled a table of how World Champions from Lasker to Kasparov fared against the leading players of their eras. The criteria for choosing 'leading players' were simple: all the World Champions, everyone who ... | Mehr lesen

      • Spektrowski
      • | 08.03.2014
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    • A historical question about Lasker

      I've wondered for quite some time now - why Emanuel Lasker was never approached to play in a USSR Chess Championship? I'm quite sure about "never approached" part, because if he was approached and refused (or at least said something to the effect ... | Mehr lesen

      • Spektrowski
      • | 02.03.2014
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    • Ernst Helms - the man whom Lasker saved

      Ernst Helms (Эрнст Брунович Гельмс in Russian) was a German-Soviet artist, decorator and cartoonist. In a little-known chapter of his early life, he was literally saved by Emanuel Lasker's advice. Here's the episode, recounted b... | Mehr lesen

      • Spektrowski
      • | 20.12.2013
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