YouTube chess archives
YouTube needs no introduction, and just grows and grows and grows. This year it was announced that the daily views of videos already number the billions, and while there was a time where describing a video as having "YouTube quality" was a derogatory comment, nowadays one can upload lengthy videos in full HD quality.
The sheer quantity of material is so incredibly far-reaching that it is no surprise that more and more rare footage of all kinds of events and people is appearing, and chess is no exception.
While perusing the vast archives, it was striking to find tids and bits of footage of even the oldest masters. Though most of it sadly only lasts seconds, it is still a remarkable resource. At the end there is even a two-part exposé by Anatoly Karpov on the famous 1972 Fischer-Spassky match.
Very rare live film footage of Akiba Rubinstein at the board. You can also spot Richard
Reti standing behind the referee. Bald guy on the far right is Tartakower.
Capablanca gives a simul (date unknown). Footage is dodgy, but is only one of three
known videos with Capablanca. Time will no doubt unearth more.
Images with Botvinnik and Flohr, presumed from their matches in the 1930s
Footage from the famous 1946 match between the USA and the Soviet Union. It featured
Botvinnik-Reschevsky, Smyslov-Denker, and more.
Scenes from the famous 1951 world title match between Botvinnik and Bronstein
Video depicting Efim Geller and Vassily Smyslov from the 1955 USSR Championship
The final scenes between the historic Fischer-Botvinnik game from the 1962 Olympiad
Live images from the 1963 World Championship, crowning Petrosian and ending the
A number of scenes of a young Mikhail Tal
The video poster added the further explanations: With the participation of : @ piano GM Vassily Smyslov @ 0.54 IM Alexander Koblents (coach) @ 1.28 GM Boris Spassky @ 1.50 GM Mark Taimanov @ 1.54 GM Efim Geller @ 1.57 GM Wolfgang Unzicker @ 2.06 GM Vassily Smyslov @ 2.21 GM David Bronstein (sitting middle) GM Tigran Petrosian (sitting on the right) @ 2.27 GM Paul Keres @ 4.15 GM Mikhail Botvinnik
Color footage from a 1973 simul with both Tal and Karpov
This is part one of two of a special with the great Anatoly Karpov commenting on the
1972 Fischer-Spassky match.
Part two of the fascinating video