|So how are you going to get locked |
pawn chains and a big kingside
attack now, punk?
This led me to look up Yuri Averbakh on Wikipedia, where I discovered two things: he is the oldest surviving grandmaster and he is 90 today.
So happy birthday, Yuri.
I have particular reason to wish him well, because I had great success playing the Averbakh variation against the King's Indian Defence.
That Wikipedia entry links to a two-part interview with Averbakh (part 1 and part 2) in which he gives some insight into what it was like to be a leading grandmaster under the Soviet regime. He gives some insight into the darker side of chess in those days, though Charles implied that he had far more to say about it in person.
I remember reading an interview with Mark Taimanov (another veteran of that era), who said there were two rules for Soviet grandmasters: you tried your hardest against Western players and you did not beat the Soviet world champion Mikhail Botvinnik.