Rare (chess) footage released by AP

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LONDON July 22,2015— The Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world’s most comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube. Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date.

The two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history. Available for all to explore, the channels will also be powerful educational tools and a source of inspiration for history enthusiasts and documentary filmmakers. READ MORE HERE.

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ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS…

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Many thanks to Australian GM and journalist Ian Rogers for pointing this out to us!  No doubt more rare material will soon be uncovered. Petrosian-Spassky-1966

Below is a short clip about the 1966 World Championship match between defending champion Tigran Petrosian and challenger Boris Spassky.  The match started on the 9th of April (in Moscow) and ended on the 9th of June. Petrosian successfully defended his title, to the surprise of most commentators.

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But Spassky’s match strategy (of trying to provoke the title holder to attack him) failed to make much of a dent on the Armenian’s disciplined resolve to play his own style and not to risk absolutely anything in the process, no matter how tempting it might appear. It became clear–as the match progressed– that Petrosian had nothing against drawing all of the games!

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Though I was not yet playing chess when this match was played (I only got into the game when I entered high school in the fall of 1968) I have since carefully studied every game played in this match.  I especially appreciated Mikhail Tal’s wonderful annotations!  The edition of this book that I bought during the Canadian Open in Ottawa 1973 I still have…and count as one of my best chess books.  I recommend the reader to try to get your hands on a copy of this book if you ever come across it at a second hand bookstore or whatever…

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Spassky, Tal and Petrosian (born respectively in ’37, ’36 and ’29) were what is no doubt the most talented generation of chess players in modern history. Together they dominated world chess from the late 1950’s until Bobby Fischer won the crown in the summer of 1972, and even after that they were a force to reckon with for atleast another decade or so…

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When I played in the 1985 Candidates Tournament in Montpellier, Spassky and Tal were still VERY strong grandmasters.  Infact, Tal qualified for a play-off with Timman (!), while Spassky–had he sealed the correct move in the final round against Beliavsky–would have also qualified for the play-offs! Considering that both superstars were almost 50 years old, that is quite a remarkable statement on their chess legacy…I am VERY proud of the fact that I got 1.5 points against these two gentlemen in this event (!)–Tal escaped with a draw in the final round a piece down againt me!

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