January Kings Of The King’s Gambit

by National Life Master Loal Davis     There are of course many chess players who have their birthday in January, but two King’s of the King’s Gambit immediately come to mind.   1916-01-07 – Paul Keres 1937-01-30 – Boris Spassky     Paul Keres   Event “URS-ch12” Site “Moscow” … Continue reading

Mark Taimanov 1926-2016

Mark Taimanov, Hoogovens 1970Born February 1926 – 28 November 2016 was one of the leading Soviet and Russian Chess players and Concert pianist. Taimanov became a grandmaster  in 1952 and in 1956 became the winner of the 23rd  USSR Championship..         Spassky-Taimanov  0-1[Event “USSR Championship”][Site “Leningrad (RUS)”][Date “1956.??.??”][EventDate “1956.??.??”][Round “?”][Result “0-1”][White “Boris Spassky”][Black “Mark Taimanov”][ECO … Continue reading

Bobby Fischer guest appearance

 Bobby Fischer guest appearance on The Bob Hope Special television show Oct 5th 1972:www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSWau3pTyIg                       GAME 6 Fischer-Spassky 1972 1. c4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 O-O 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 b6 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Rc1 Be6 12. Qa4 c5 13. Qa3 Rc8 14. Bb5 a6 15. dxc5 bxc5 16. O-O Ra7 17. Be2 … Continue reading

Tigran Petrosian / Birthday June 17th

by National Life Master Loal Davis  Tigran Petrosian (June 17, 1929 – August 13, 1984) was a Soviet Armenian Grandmaster, and World Chess Champion from 1963 to 1969. He was nicknamed “Iron Tigran” due to his almost impenetrable playing style.Petrosian was a Candidate for the World Championship on eight occasions (1953, … Continue reading

Boris Spassky

Boris Spassky{1980} It’s been reported in L!FE News that BORIS SPASSKY is in intensive care after suffering a stroke at his Moscow apartment. Doctors said after receiving an emergency call they discovered the 73- year old Spassky in semi-conscious state, paralyzed on his left side.They said his condition was grave. Continue reading