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KGB Secrets of the KOld War
Compiled by fredthebear
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Russian school boys used to know and play this "old chess" in the spirit of Chigorin. Now they just use a database to learn a line or two for Black that equalizes. If nothing else, the king of gambits makes for lush blitz games.

Thank you Exodus, unavenisluncem.

The KGB Plays Chess is a unique book. For the first time it opens to us some of the most secret pages of the history of chess. The battles about which you will read in this book are not between chess masters sitting at the chess board, but between the powerful Soviet secret police, known as the KGB, on the one hand, and several brave individuals, on the other.

Their names are famous in the chess world: Viktor Kortschnoi, Boris Spasski, Boris Gulko and Garry Kasparov became subjects of constant pressure, blackmail and persecution in the USSR. Their victories at the chess board were achieved despite this victimization. Unlike in other books, this story has two perspectives. The victim and the persecutor, the hunted and the hunter, all describe in their own words the very same events. One side is represented by the famous Russian chess players Viktor Kortschnoi and Boris Gulko. For many years they fought against a powerful system, and at the end they were triumphant. The Soviet Union collapsed and they got what they were fighting for: their freedom. Former KGB Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Popov, who left Russia in 1996 and now lives in Canada, was one of those who had worked all his life for the KGB and was responsible for the sport sector of the USSR. It is only now for the first time that he has decided to tell the reader his story of the KGB's involvement in Soviet Sports. This is his first book, and it is not only full of sensations, but it also dares to name names of secret KGB agents previously known only as famous chess masters, sportsmen or sport officials. Just a few short years ago a book like this would have been unimaginable. Read this book. It is not only about chess. It is about glorious victory of the great chess masters over the forces of darkness.

Sight under construction by Fredthebear.

Karl Marx shows his better side - Chess!
K Marx vs Meyer, 1867 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

KGA Bonsch-Osmolovsky Var (C34) 1-0 Young Boris' secret weapon
Spassky vs Averbakh, 1955 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

KG Accepted. Mason-Keres Gambit 3.Nc3 (C33) 1-0 Difficult
Spassky vs Furman, 1959 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

KG Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35) 1/2-1/2
Spassky vs V Liberzon, 1960 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

KG Accepted. Cunningham Def. 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.e5 (C35) 1-0 Rs Rule
Spassky vs Kholmov, 1964 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 25 moves, 1-0

KG Accepted. Bishop's G. Bogoljubow (C33) 1-0 EG Qside majority
Spassky vs M Nurmamedov, 1960 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

KG Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Bogoljubow Variation (C33) 1/2-1/2
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1999 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Good enough for a Bond film
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

KGA Kieseritsky Gambit Rubinstein Var (C39) 1-0 Initiative
Spassky vs Fischer, 1960 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Spassky playing the Fisher Defense to the KG -- oh the irony.
Popovych vs Spassky, 1986 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 39 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Defense / Modern Def (C36) 0-1
Hartston vs Spassky, 1966 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

KG Declined. Classical (C30) 1-0 Coordinate the heavy pieces
Spassky vs J J Martinez, 1992 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

KGA Abbazia Defense (C36) 0-1 Deflection sac wins the exchange
Spassky vs G Lane, 1979 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

KGA Fischer Defense (C34) 1/2-1/2 White had some scares
Spassky vs A Ornstein, 1974 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Falkbeer Countergambit. Nimzowitsch-Marshall CG (C31) 1-0
Spassky vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1988 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 42 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense (C35) 1-0 Pin on open e-file
Spassky vs Manfred Hermann, 1985 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 31 moves, 1-0

KGA Bonsch-Osmolovsky Var (C34) 1-0Masterpiece! See Nunn's book
Spassky vs Seirawan, 1985 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1-0

Another Spassky KGA Fischer Def. masterpiece (fabulous endgame)
Spassky vs Karpov, 1982 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 84 moves, 1-0

KG Odds game #27, A First Book of Morphy by Frisco Del Rosario
Morphy vs NN, 1857 
(000) Chess variants, 20 moves, 1-0

KGA King's Knight Gambit (000) 1-0 Pawn mate in 17 moves!
Morphy vs T Knight, 1856 
(000) Chess variants, 17 moves, 1-0

K's Gambit: Accepted. Ghulam-Kassim Gambit (C37) 1-0 Mate in 12
Morphy vs M Conway, 1859 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 1-0

KGA Kieseritsky Gambit Kolisch Def (C39) 1/2-1/2 Tactics
Short vs Shirov, 1999 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

KGA Kieseritsky Gambit Kolisch Def (C39) 0-1Peculiar N retreats
Short vs Shirov, 1997 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 0-1

KGA Kieseritsky Gambit Kolisch Def (C39) 0-1 Rook entrance!
Fedorov vs Shirov, 2000 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 0-1

KGA Bishop's Gambit (C33) 1/2-1/2 Sharp final position
Adams vs Shirov, 1997 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

9...Qf5! busts the Muzio variation of the King's Gambit?
Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

KGA Becker Defense 8...Kf8 (C34) 1-0 Qs take Ks for a stroll
Shirov vs E Alekseev, 2011 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

KGA Bishop's Gambit First Jaenisch (C33) 1/2-1/2 Qs come off
Shirov vs Granda Zuniga, 1993 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Falkbeer Countergambit. Modern Transfer (C29) 1-0Rook threatens
Shirov vs Balashov, 1993
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 28 moves, 1-0

KGA Abbazia Defense (C36) 0-1 White's bishops have problems
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1952 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit: Declined 2...Bc5 Classical (C30) 1-0
M Yeo vs R Hess, 1977 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Declined 2...Bc5 transposes KGA (C34) 1-0
E Jorge Bort vs C Casero, 2001
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Declined 2...Bc5 Classical (C30) 1-0
Lasker vs J Muirhead, 1899 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 22 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer Countergambit 3...e4 Charousek Gambit (C31) 1-0
K A Walbrodt vs Loew, 1900 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer Countergambit 3...e4 Charousek Gambit (C31) 1-0
Murey vs Nikitin, 1971 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer Countergambit 3...e4 Charousek Gambit (C32) 1-0
Rudnew vs Drosd, 1977 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer Countergambit 3...e4 Charousek Gambit (C32) 1-0
J Valenzuela vs J Aguirre, 1998
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 15 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer Countergambit 3...e4 Charousek Gambit (C32) 1-0
Humbek vs P Limbos, 1964
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 12 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer Countergambit 3...e4 Charousek Gambit (C32) 1-0
Santasiere vs R Poschel, 1947
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 39 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer Countergambit 3...e4 Charousek Gambit (C32) 1-0
M Lange vs T Albert, 1987 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 10 moves, 1-0

KGA Bishop's Gambit First Jaenisch Var (C33) 1-0 Q soon trapped
Klimov vs Gorbunov, 1989 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 8 moves, 1-0

KGA Mason-Keres Gambit (C33) 0-1 If QxR, then N + forks royalty
F Crowl vs Purdy, 1936 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 11 moves, 0-1

KGA Bishop's Gambit Cozio Var (C33) 1-0 Hard fought game
Ivanchuk vs P Nikolic, 2004 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

KGA Bishop's Gambit Lopez Defense (C33) 1-0 Remove the defender
Ivanchuk vs Piket, 1997 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted 3...Bc5 King's Knight Gambit (C34) 1-0
Prince Dadian vs Martinoff, 1897
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted 3...Bc5 King's Knight Gambit (C34) 1-0
B Kostic vs D Donaldson, 1915 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted 3...Bc5 King's Knight Gambit (C34) 1-0
F Gehlhoff vs A Domsky, 1983
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted 3...Bc5 King's Knight Gambit (C34) 1-0
B Wall vs H S Hsieh, 1988 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 14 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted 3...Bc5 King's Knight Gambit (C34) 1-0
D Elsaca vs M Bjerkem Grodas, 2010
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted 3...Bc5 King's Knight Gambit (C34) 1-0
J Drlje vs M Markic, 1996
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 39 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted 3...Bc5. King's Knight Gambit (C34) 1-0
M Dietrich vs R Mcginnis, 1974
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 1-0

KG Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34) 0-1 Q sac, N fork
A Harju vs M Liimatta, 1987 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit Accepted. Schallop Def (C34)0-1Royal fork or#
Efimov vs Bronstein, 1941 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 0-1

Amazing KGA (C34) 1-0 Poor M20 is strung along the entire way.
Bronstein vs M20, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
Savanto vs Molder, 1950 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 12 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
J A Gelabert vs E Bermudez, 1923 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 18 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
Reshevsky vs L Von Dory, 1920 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 16 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
B Wall vs R Bullock, 1981 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 20 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
Von Der Lasa vs Z Jakovljev, 1842 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 20 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein, 1842 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 20 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 (C35) 1-0
I Rice vs W Donisthorpe, 1892 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 28 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
Dus Chotimirsky vs NN, 1910 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 16 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
P A Johansson vs Hannus, 1951 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 20 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
H Buckle vs NN, 1849
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 22 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
Gunsberg vs NN, 1879 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 20 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Defense 3...Be7 Bertin Gambit (C35) 1-0
R Abdulzuhoov vs P Keabetswe, 1998 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 41 moves, 1-0

KGA 3...d5 Abbazia Defense (C36) 1-0
V Ortiz vs U Vicondo, 1965
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Game 4: How Karpov Wins: The Early Years by Edmar Mednis
A Shneider vs Karpov, 1961 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 51 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Var (C30)1-0 R on 7th is key
Fedorov vs J Norri, 1997 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34) 1-0 Centralized
Fedorov vs I Ibragimov, 1999 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham, McCormick Def(C35) 1-0 Sac attack, Epaulettes #
Lutikov vs Korchnoi, 1951 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 24 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35) 1-0 He knew
Fedorov vs P H Nielsen, 1997 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 13 moves, 1-0

4...b5?! Popular line mid-1800s ~Kieseritsky's Immortal Game L
Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1-0

Delete this one
Kasparov vs Deep Junior, 2003 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Falkbeer Countergambit Nimzowitsch-Marshall CG (C31) 0-1
Znosko-Borovsky / Koya vs Alekhine / Tereshchenk, 1915 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 39 moves, 0-1

KG Declined. Classical Var (C30) 1-0 Q sac, Boden's Mate
G Janny vs L Steiner, 1922 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham, McCormick Defense (C35) 1-0 Unpredictable game
Bronstein vs Fidelity, 1991 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 51 moves, 1-0

KGA Bishop's Gambit (C33) 1-0 Spearhead, Q sac
U Kavcic vs R Tavcar, 1997 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 26 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer CG. Accepted 3...Qxd5 (C31) 1-0 Featuring both Qs
Tolush vs Alatortsev, 1948 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

"40 Combinations with Explanations" section of "Sorcerer's Appr
Bronstein vs Tal, 1968 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 43 moves, 1-0

KGA Bishop's Gambit Bogoljubow Def (C33) 1-0 Overworked pawn
Morozevich vs Anand, 1995 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

KGA Fischer Def (C34) 1-0Sitting N sac resembles a Muzio Gambit
Abrinnikov vs Shevrenko, 1986
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Panov, 1947 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

KGD Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit Keres Var(C32) 1-0
Bronstein vs Kamyshov, 1947 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 56 moves, 1-0

KGD Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit ML (C32) 1-0K walk
Bronstein vs V Vaisman, 1976 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer CG. Charousek Gambit Accepted (C32) 1-0 Q sac to promo
Bronstein vs N Moyse, 1990
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 34 moves, 1-0

KGD Falkbeer CG. Charousek Gambit Keres Var(C32) 1-0 Deflection
Keres vs H Malmgren, 1934
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

KGD Falkbeer CG. Charousek Gambit Keres Var(C32) 1-0Keres-matic
Keres vs V Petrov, 1940 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

KGD Falkbeer CG. Charousek Gambit Accepted (C32) 1-0 Mudslide
Spassky vs P Limbos, 1962
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 37 moves, 1-0

KGD Falkbeer CG. Charousek G. Accepted (C32) 1-0 He earned it.
Short vs Karjakin, 2008 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 94 moves, 1-0

KGD Petrov's Defense (C30) 1-0Slashing diagonal attack on Kside
Bronstein vs J Kostro, 1969 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 17 moves, 1-0

KGD Petrov's Defense (C30) 1-0 Don't count your $ at the table
Bronstein vs Kholmov, 1975 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 1-0

KGA Cunningham Def McCormick Def (C35) 1-0 N fork robs pin
Bronstein vs Koblents, 1945 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 29 moves, 1-0

KGD Petrov's Defense (C30) 1-0 White N on 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th
Bronstein vs Yusupov, 1981 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 1-0

KGA Abbazia Defense (C36) 1-0 Both castle long
Bronstein vs S Wood, 1975 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

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