Chess tempos and the USSR

Antonio Ventura Gude

Artículo escrito por: Antonio Ventura Gude , publicado: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
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The chess tempos are the turns of each player in a chess game. They are very important, inside and outside of the game.

A chess player president…

The first president of the Baltic country of Lithuania, after its independence from the USSR, Vytautas Landsbergis, is a strong chess player, who (between 1950 and 1970) faced some of the best chess players of the time. And he has, to his credit, draws against Pretrosian, Lilienthal, Suetin and Mikenas.

Are you not a pusher?…

Annoyed and disappointed with the behavior of the sport soviet authorities, who always tended to ignore the norms and instead hand-picked at the last minute the participants in the USRR championship that didn’t deserve it…

Piotr Romanovsky could not hide his anger. When somebody suggested to submit a written protest, the Petersburg master said a memorable phrase:

“Try to show you are not a pusher!”

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In two chess tempos, better than one…

In the Amsterdam tournament of 1988 the USSR ex-champion, Boris Gulko, was facing with whites, to Boris Gelfand. After 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Be7 4 Nf3 Nf6 5 g3 0-0 6 Bg2 dxc4 7 0-0 Nc6 8 e3 Na5, he played 9 e4, wherewith the advance of the ‘e’ pawn to e4 is produced in 2 consecutive chess tempos!

The next day, during a walk, Korchnoj asked him if it was true that he had played e2-e3 and e3-e4 in two consecutive chess tempos.

Gulko answered affirmatively, and reminded the great Viktor that he had made the same against Gipslis in 1966.

The reason for this is that when the horse stops controlling (8…Na5) the central squares. White must play lively in the center.

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