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Chessdon : forty years of my most interesting chess experiences
Schultz, Don.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boca Raton, Fla. : Chessdon Pub., [1999]

Physical Description:
356 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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GV1455 .S35 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Starting in a small town chess club the story rapidly moves to iceland and purported KGB attempts to influence the Spassky/Fischer World Championship Match. A defection in Thessalonka, an attempt at Ping-Pong style diplomacy in Dubai, KGB blackmailing of a chess official in Moscow, and a terror stricken KGB Colonel in Merano are constant reminders of how corrupt governments attempt to lose international sports for selfish political gain. Against this background and a seemingly never ending stream of anecdotal encounters with players & officials, chessdon gives the reader and insight into the world of chess. The Gold, The Bad and The Ugly.

Author Notes

Don Schultz was President of the U.S. Chess Federation from 1996 to 1999. He represented the U.S. to FIDE (the World Chess Federation) from 1978 to 1994. As editor of floridaCHESS (1994 to 1996), he won numerous awards for excellence in journalism.

Table of Contents

Beginning a Life of Chessp. 11
Expanding Horizonsp. 29
The Evil Empirep. 44
Transitionp. 58
FIDE Initiativesp. 86
Inside FIDEp. 99
Dubai Olympiadp. 116
Back to the USAp. 136
The Good, The Bad, and The Uglyp. 143
An American Showcasep. 165
Tough Times for FIDEp. 178
Chess Childrenp. 209
Chess in the 1990sp. 218
Faster Chessp. 236
U.S. Championshipsp. 247
Chess-in-the-Schools Internationalp. 259
floridaCHESSp. 268
USCF Politicsp. 278
USCF Business Managementp. 291
USCF Presidentp. 305
Appendixp. 315
Indexp. 334