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The Soviet Coming-out Party
USA-USSR RADIO MATCH of 1945
 

 

   
Clicking on the picture will transport you to a detailed account of one of the great historical matches of the 20th century. This match, played in a grueling four-day ordeal with the moves transmitted between Moscow and New York via radiotelegraphy, took place in the closing hours of WWII - in fact, President Truman declared V. J.  Day on September 2, the second day of the match. 
   Reuben Fine's 1983 book, The World's Greatest Chess Games, featured one of the games, a Ruy Lopez between Smyslov and Reshevsky.  Botvinnik chose his game against Denker as of of the entries in his 1960 book, Botvinnik: 100 Selected Games.
   The American team was comprised of players many of whom had been part of the pre-war, American-dominated world games, the Chess Olympiads. The Soviet team consisted of one of the strongest line-up of players one could imagine in retrospect in which the new-comer chess whiz, David Bronstein played the lowly last board.


Most importantly, the match introduced the powerful USSR chess machine to the word and was, indeed,

the Soviet Coming-out Party

 

Although this is published in my Chess site, a great deal of what turned out to be a tremendous amount of work was performed by my dear friend, Deb. Not only did she supply me with the bulk of the source material, she also rendered the games into pgn format with computer analysis and painstakingly converted the original annotation into text.