8 responses to “Averbakh: “History is written by the victors””

  1. Thank you for yet another wonderful translation! GM Averbakh still sounds perfectly lucid. Reminds me of my research adviser who gave a nice, sharp speech at his centennial celebration. I love the 1953 picture of a future World Champion and two perennial W.Ch. contenders. (Wishing Averbakh “Sto lat!”)

  2. Having spent over 8 weeks in central Moscow last summer I was rather familiar with the streets and intersections mentioned by GM Averbakh throughout the article. I very much enjoy reading his insight on chess history and in the history of other board games.

    Superb interview and translation! Appears that Grandmaster Averbakh mind is as sharp as ever! Great article!

  3. An article worth to read at least a second time!

  4. A very interesting article on history of chess.The origin of chess has been debated endlessly. This adds another dimension to the whole debate. One aspect that was touched here superficially was the Iranian connection.
    Is it possible that the iranians imported the game from India? They were involved in trade with India for a long time:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shatranj
    The term shatranj itself could be a derivative of the Indian term chaturanga. Would it also be possible that the kings played the game to pass time or strategize against each other, rather than fighting the central asian army?

  5. I hope my brain is half as sharp at 60 as his is at 90!

  6. Wonderful of an article! So wise, so analytical views by Mr. Averbakh – On maectro na vce ryki!

  7. This is a wonderful and thought-provoking interview. It’s great to hear any form of critique of chess literature,especially when it coems from within the game itself.

    Thank you for the translation, highly enjoyable.

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