Chess Covers – Mikhail Chigorin
Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin ( 1850-1908) was a leading Soviet Chess Player. He played two World Championship matches against Wilhelm Steinitz but lost both of them. The Last great player of Romantic Chess Style he served as a major source of inspiration for “Soviet Chess School” which dominated the World Chess in middle and later 20th Century. Chigorin has various chess openings or variations of Chess openings named after him the two most important being Chigorin opening of Ruy Lopez and other Chigorin Defence to Queen’s Gambit. another opening invented by him is now forerunner to King’s Indian set up in French defence.
He was born in Gatchina and later shifted to nearby St Petersburg.
A pre stamped envelope issued by erstwhile USSR in 1975 in honour of M Chigorin.