In 1946, freshman at the Law School of the University of Amsterdam, Hein Donner went to Groningen at the Staunton Memorial. Student Donner was rarely seen in university auditoriums: captivated by chess, he sat in the chess cafes of Amsterdam from morning till night. And even played in January in Wijk aan Zee in this tournament – the third group C, gaining fifty percent of the points.
Donner knew that not only western, but also the strongest Soviet grandmasters arrived in Groningen, demonstrating, as everyone said, new, ultra-modern chess. And the most powerful of them is Mikhail Botvinnik.
“I don’t remember how I got to the hall where the tournament was played,” Donner recalled thirty years later, “only a huge space remained in the memory, in the center of which they were sitting. THEY ARE! Continue reading
This article is primarily addressed to all those who are ready to give up home comfort, part with peace and sound sleep and fork out for online chess battles. For those who are ready to sit in the “shabby saddle” of their “iron” Rosenant with an unknown number of processors, spur him with a wild cry, which hardly recognizes the ancient battle cry, like “Hurray”, “Banzai”, “Santiago”, so that rush again in search of adventure, truth and come together in an endless duel with evil. Today, our evil will be a computer, or rather, not a computer, but chess programs – these “malicious” simulators of a great chess game.
Once upon a time, according to Marx, “work was made of a man from a monkey”, and much later, a man Continue reading
Many grandmasters used psychological techniques that can hardly be considered correct.
You can secure your victory without even touching the pieces. One of the scandalous cases in the history of chess occurred in 1937. Then, at the Ukrainian SSR Championship, Yefim Korchmar locked his partner, Yevsey Polyak, in the restroom. As a result, Korchmar got a victory point, and he became one of the winners of the championship.
Another common trick is being late for the game. It was practiced by almost all well-known grandmasters Continue reading