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The KGB Plays Chess: The Soviet Secret Police and the Fight for the World Chess Crown

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The KGB Plays Chess is a unique book. For the first time it opens to us some of the most secret pages of the history of chess. The battles about which you will read in this book are not between chess masters sitting at the chess board, but between the powerful Soviet secret police, known as the KGB, on the one hand, and several brave individuals, on the other. Their names ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Russell Enterprises
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David Bales
Mar 05, 2014 David Bales rated it really liked it
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You'd have thought the KGB and its successors would have had their hands full with other stuff, but this book illustrates how much they were able to manipulate the World Chess Championships and infiltrate the World Chess Federation, (known by its French acronym, FIDE) getting matches thrown and refusing to give Russian chess players equal chances to rise to the highest levels of international competitions unless they became complicit in the regime's crimes, denunciations and intrigues. All the g ...more
Iglen
Feb 26, 2015 Iglen rated it it was amazing
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I am from former Soviet Union (left 20 years ago). I certainly know lot of bad things my former country done to its own people. This books shocks even me about how low a country (KGB\Communist Party) could and did go in innocent things like game of chess. And if FIDE head was on their payroll back then, I think, and there are indirect evidences in the press, that they got their last Olympic Games and World Soccer Tournament in exactly the same way, bastards.
Stefanus Andre
Aug 08, 2015 Stefanus Andre rated it liked it
Good:
* The pieces by Boris Gulko are excellent.

Bad:
* Although there are many big revelations/accusations in this book, the book doesn't provide additional sources for cross-referencing.
* More editing is needed, there are even spelling mistakes left unfixed.
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