Smyslov’s Breakthrough Year
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Smyslov’s Breakthrough Year

For the past several years the Russian chess historian Andrey Terekhov has been working on a biography of Vasily Smyslov. The first volume of this work, focused on the beginning of the chess career of the seventh World Chess Champion, will be released in November 2020. This article describes Smyslov’s first major victories in junior and adult tournaments, which took place in 1938.




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  • Reports Nov 19, 2013 | 6:59 PM 3

    Anand-Carlsen, Game 8: "Yada yada yada"

    Viswanathan Anand got a round of applause from Indian chess fans when he played 1.e4 in Game 2 in Chennai, but that already seems a distant memory. Two bruising losses have left the World Champion licking his wounds, and when Magnus...

  • Reports Nov 18, 2013 | 8:30 PM 0

    Anand-Carlsen, Game 7: Angela's Ashes

    Game 7 of the World Championship match in Chennai has ended in a workmanlike draw

  • Reports Nov 16, 2013 | 8:30 PM 0

    Anand-Carlsen, Game 6: A heavy blow

    Vishy Anand's hopes of retaining his World Championship title are hanging by a thread after he lost a second game in succession in Chennai. It was deja vu, as the players again reached an innocuous position early in the game only fo...

  • Reports Nov 15, 2013 | 10:00 PM 0

    Anand-Carlsen, Game 5: First blood

    Magnus Carlsen has taken the lead after beating Viswanathan Anand in Game 5 of their World Championship match in Chennai

  • Reports Nov 13, 2013 | 10:00 PM 0

    Anand-Carlsen, Game 4: Fighting human chess

    A tremendous last-ditch effort saw World Champion Vishy Anand hold on for a draw in the best game of the match so far. Although Magnus Carlsen will be disappointed not to have driven home the advantage he gained by snatching a pawn ...

  • Reports Nov 12, 2013 | 9:30 PM 1

    Anand-Carlsen, Game 3: Take the pawn, Vishy!

    The kid gloves are off! After two quick draws Game 3 of the World Championship match developed into a real fight. Vishy Anand seized the initiative but may later have missed a gilt-edged chance to take the lead

  • Reports Nov 10, 2013 | 7:00 PM 1

    Anand-Carlsen, Game 2: A risky experiment

    An Indian journalist in the post-game press conference began his question to World Champion Vishy Anand, "you played e4 to thunderous applause from the young chess fans in Chennai", but in terms of excitement it was downhill from...

  • Reports Nov 9, 2013 | 6:00 PM 2

    Anand-Carlsen, Game 1: The emergency brake

    The event of the year is finally underway after reigning World Champion Vishy Anand held Magnus Carlsen to a quick draw with the black pieces in the first game in Chennai

  • Features Nov 6, 2013 | 11:00 PM 0

    Anand's greatest challenge

    When Vishy Anand was in our studios in Hamburg I had the opportunity to ask him a question that had been going round in my head for some time: “Do you manage to enjoy yourself when you’re playing for the World Championship?” His re...

  • General Nov 5, 2013 | 11:57 AM 0

    Svidler to play 2014 Candidates

    Chess24 author Peter Svidler has been named as the organiser’s nominee for the 8-player Candidates Tournament in March 2014. That event in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia will determine the challenger for the next World Championship match...

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