10 Rare Photos of Chess Legends You’ve Probably Never Seen

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Today we are going to see some pictures of some of the greatest chess players. It is nice to see them in a casual way as they remind us that they are humans after all. 🙂 Yes, it’s time to see 10 rare photos of chess legends you’ve probably never seen!

1. Here is a coloured picture of Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1913.
Capablanca vs Alekhine 1913
2. How nice it is to see Garry Kasparov at a young age!
Garry Kasparov young kid
3. A photo of Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France, 1920!
Samuel Reshevsky simul chess

Following the events of World War 1, Reshevsky immigrated to the United States (1920). As a 9-year old, his first American simultaneous exhibition was with 20 officers and cadets at the Military Academy at West Point. He won 19 games and drew one.

4. This is the Bobby Fischer we don’t get shown very often. The Bobby who loved Chess and others who loved Chess. To him they were Family.
Bobby Fischer with kids

You can see that the kids are wearing ‘River Plate’ and ‘Boca Juniors’ t-shirts, which are the 2 most important soccer teams in Argentina.
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5. “I’ll be Black.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger vs Garry Kasparov

Who do you think won this game? 🙂

6. Here is a very nice photo of Mikhail Tal playing with his daughter Zhanna.
Mikhail Tal with daughter
7. Tony Miles and Roman Dzindzichashvili at play in Tilburg, 1985. Due to back problems, Miles played his games in this tournament on this table in order to alleviate the pain. Dzindzi’s “protest” was to play his entire game standing up!
Tony Miles and Roman Dzindzichashvili
8. Is this the secret of Judit Polgar?
Judit Polgar Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer visited the Polgar’s in 1993, and Judit was already a strong GM by that time, qualifying for the Interzonal before his visit. In an interview, Judit said “Well, he was an amazing chess talent, a true genius! Unfortunately in his last years we did not see that ability of him; on the contrary, we saw mainly his negative declarations. Apart from being completely paranoid, I remember him as someone in good disposition to eat, he loved to eat!

9. Young Carlsen playing against Viktor Korchnoi.
Magnus Carlsen Viktor Korchnoi

Back in 2011, 80-year-old legend Victor Korchnoi said in an interview that he firmly believed Carlsen has achieved his success due to “hypnotic abilities”. He said “I don’t see that Carlsen has the chess ability and I can’t understand at all how he achieves such incredible success. I can guess why, but it’s got no direct relation to chess.

10. Fischer and Tal, Candidates Tournament, 1959. Bobby Fischer vs Mikhail Tal Candidates Chess 1959
What is your favourite photo? Please comment below.
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