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 1970 Born 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… 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… 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