Rudenko Memorial - illustrated report
19-year-old Natalia Zdebskaja from Ukraine won the Rudenko Memorial in St. Petersburg. After six wins in a row the grandmaster from Kramatorsk drew three games and scored 7,5/9. Three Russians finished with 6,5/9 each - T.Shumiakina (Cheliabinsk), M.Komiagina (Archangelsk) and I.Sudakova (St. Petersburg). See the illustrated report by M.Savinov.
Moscow Blitz Championship - illustrated report
A traditional blitz tournament sponsored by "Evening Moscow" newspaper took place on Sunday. Alexander Morozevich took the first place with 14 out of 19, Аlexander Riazantsev finished second with 13,5, Vladimir Malakhov and Mikhail Kobalia were announced to share the 3rd place with 12,5. M.Savinov visited the tournament.
Osnos is 70 years old!
Our congratulations to a wonderful St. Petersburg chessplayer and trainer Vyacheslav Vulfovich Osnos, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Sunday, June 24. Osnos participated in 6 remarkable for the line-up finals of the USSR championships, and he was not lost among other participants (his best result was the 8th place in 1965). He became the champion of Leningrad twice (1972, 1980) and the USSR champion as a member of the city team (1960, 1962). In 1965 he got a title of international master – it was a honorable result those days! He had been a trainer and second of Korchnoi for many years, but he also had other important achievements as a trainer: Vasily Yemelin and Irina Sudakova traveled a long way from candidate masters to grandmasters in the face of their teacher. Kochyev, Lukin and other highly qualified chessplayers are among Osnos’s students. In 1974 he got a title of Honored trainer of Russia. He made a substantial contribution to the chess theory, he is the author of one of the best opening books “Reti Opening”. We are pleased to inform that Osnos writes a new book. We wish Vyacheslav Vulfovich well-doing, prosperity, energy and talented students!
Game Minasian–Dreev became the best game in June
Summer season led to the reduction of our experts, but introduced unanimity as compensation. That’s why June results seem to be quite logical. I inform with pleasure that the champion of Europe Katherine Lahno was the head of the jury. Mikhail Kobalia, Michal Krasenkow, Vladimir Potkin, Sergei Soloviov, Ilya Odessky and Vladimir Barsky assisted her.
V. Korchnoi. SPASSKY
One of the largest publishing houses of Russia “AST” will publish soon a new autobiographical book by Victor Korchnoi “Chess without mercy” (416 pages, 32 pages of photos). A famous writer Vladimir Voinovich wrote a preface with a demonstrative title “I was reading this book as a thriller”. Declassified documents of the Central Committee of the CPSU, KGB and sports committee – these are organizations that waged for many long years a secret war against emigrant-malefactor who had been the main enemy of Soviet chess players for ten years. Korchnoi’s story was supplemented with notes by a famous journalist Victor Khenkin “Taking a parochial view”, that rendered the atmosphere of the Soviet chess community of the 60s-70s.
We have already published a chapter “The USA” on our web-site, now we suggest you to read another chapter “Spassky” devoted above all to the final Candidates’ match Korchnoi – Spassky (Belgrade 1977/78), and also to the relationship between the author and the tenth world champion. Victor Korchnoi annotated the decisive game of the match (as well as some others that were included in the book of memorable games) especially for this edition and this annotations will be published for the first time.
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