Chess Tactics: Spassky — Rashkovsky, 1973

Boris Spassky (born 1937) was the tenth World Chess Champion (1969-1972). Before that, however, he was one of the greatest prodigies of early modern professional chess. Born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Spassky defeated Mikhail Botvinnik in a simul as a ten-year-old in 1947, a year before Botvinnik became World Champion. With a third-place finish

Andrew Soltis: Great Chess Authors, Part 9

After Mihail Marin last week, let’s examine another author who is fortunately still with us. Andrew Soltis Andrew Soltis (1947 – ) was born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania but grew up in New York City. By contemporary standards “Andy” started in chess late, not playing tournaments until his teens. In an exceedingly difficult age for American

Happy Birthday, Anatoly Karpov!

My Favorite Chess Player Anatoly Karpov was born May 23, 1951 in Zlatoust, Russia (then part of the USSR). Karpov first gained widespread international attention after winning the 1969 World Junior Championship with 10 points out of 11 in the final. He won the Moscow 1971 tournament (tied with Leonid Stein) ahead of World Champion

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