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David Bronstein vs Paul Keres
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 17, Feb-15
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  mifralu: Photo:

Jul-21-17  zanzibar: Why is Keres' hometown spelled

<Тиаллин> (? on first и)

instead of <Таллин> (or Та́ллин)?


Jul-21-17  hemy: <Zanzibar> It is spelled properly. Check the Russian letter T in cursive:
Jul-21-17  zanzibar: Thanks <hemy>. Guess I know just enough Russian to get into trouble, and not enough to get out of it.

Still, I wonder why there appears to be two little squigglies, and not just the one?

(Russian cursive is pretty trickly business, methinks)

Jul-21-17  hemy: <zanzibar> Yes, Russian cursive is not easy to learn. The cursive "T" includes one curved line on the top and 3 vertical lines (2 of them are curved) underneath. Removing the middle vertical line will make letter "P".
Jul-22-17  zanzibar: Ah, sorry <hemy>, I was confused and careless - I was matching the cursive with (gamma) cursive. Stylistically, I can see why, as the two verticals don't reach the top horizontal stroke,



Totally wrong letter - it's all much clear now, with your help.

By the way, I found a good page for learning how to actually stroke the characters-

Jul-22-17  hemy: <zanzibar>Don't bother yourself with nuances of Russian language. You have knowledge and expertise in many areas that are more important. Thank you for sharing it. I take my hat off to you.
Jul-22-17  zanzibar: <<hemy>Don't bother yourself with nuances of Russian language.>

Thanks <hemy>, sage advice.

(But it would be nice to easily read those old 64 magazines)

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  brankat: After going through the above game, wonder Tal won the 1957 USSR Championship. At the age of 21, he was the youngest Russian Champ (at the time).
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  keypusher: <mifralu > great picture! On the demonstration board on the right is Tal vs Aronin, 1957, a slightly more exciting draw.
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