URS Cup / Кубка СССР 1970 — Player list

The original <64> article I previously posted was published before the start of the tournament, so it was more indicative than authoritative. Instead, using <64>, <RUSbase> and <CG>, here are all of the 57 players (7 GM’s) who participated in the tournament: Round 1 — 50 non-GM players Akopian, Gagik Ervandovich        Акопян Alburt, Lev O                    …

Tunis Interzonal (1985) – Tournament book

Here is the rather beautiful cover art from one of the tournament books I found on worldcat.org: (Click to enlarge) Very Mediterranean feel, and a little flair for style. Plus, I appreciate the cover giving the bracket dates: 1985.04.27-05.20 http://www.worldcat.org/title/recueil-des-parties-de-linterzonal-de-tunis-1985/oclc/680438908&referer=brief_results http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=tunis+interzonal+1985&qt=owc_search zz

URS Cup (1970) – Dnepropetrvsk (64 N31 Aug 6, 1970 p2)

Here is the google translation of the <64> article introducing the URS Cup (1970) knockout tournament. It’s from <64 N31 (0109) Aug. 6, 1970 p2>.  Let me call your attention to the special format of the tournament – it was apparently the first time the Soviets held a large-scale knockout format tournament, as noted in…

Oleg I. Dementiev

I’ve been poking around the URS Cup (1970) tournament a little bit of late. There is a player, Дементьев = Dementiev, who <CG>  gives as “Dementiev, Oleg I.“. Using <ChessBase Online>  I found one of his games, which allows me to pull up Dementiev’s player profile: Normally , <ChessBase> uses photographs (or silhouettes), so the line art…

Fatherly Lenin and the boys

This excerpt is lifted from an old copy of the Soviet Chess magazine  64 (64 n16 Aug 1970 p2): (Click on image to enlarge) It has Lenin in a rarely seen pose, on the right. It needs a little photoshopping, but should make a good image, showcasing the more fatherly side of the chess-playing Lenin.…

Walter Browne selection to Taxco Interzonal

Here both the image and text of the Boston Herald Tunis izt coverage from Sunday, June 9, 1985, written by Orlando (Bud) Lester. In it he mentions how Browne was selected to replace Nunn (who dropped out) in Taxco: Russians dominate interzonal By ORLANDO LESTER   The first of the three 1985 interzonals, the one…

1985 Interzonals and FIDE Rating Rankings – July 1984 listing

Direct jump: Jul 1984 FIDE-rating ranked list of izt players, or non-izt players This can be directly compared to the previous working note, https://zanchess.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/1985-interzonals-and-fide-rating-rankings-working-notes/ which was based upon the January 1985 FIDE rating ranking, as found on Olimpbase. But subsequent discussions on <CG> , in particular those based on the valuable input from <Olavi> seemed…

Fun with Raymond

[X-ray straight to Ray] Not long ago there was some reunion activity involving Ray at Oxford, or maybe Cambridge. I really couldn’t fully decipher who, what and where, but a few of the Brits on Raymond’s <CG> page made comments. Some of which follow (some intervening posts have been deleted): Feb-26-15 offramp: <MissScarlett: <Ray, do…

Solution to Visual Puzzle – 2015-04-06

From <American Chess Magazine – v2, Aug 1989 N2 p57> comes this announcement of a new “accession”, and our answer – Charles Raymond McAuley (or Macauley): Since some of the text is obscured, here is the transcription: A NEW ACCESSION TO OUR STAFF. We have the pleasure to announce to our readers that we have secured…