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Soviet chess, 1917-1991
Soltis, Andy, 1947-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, NC : McFarland & Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
xii, 450 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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Offers an interpretive history of Soviet chess from the Bolshevik Revolution to the collapse of the USSR in 1991, and a record of the most interesting games played, with diagrams some 250 games. Most games are annotated and many have never been published outside the Soviet Union. Includes tournament

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Any serious player or enthusiast would crave this truly impressive work on chess. International chess Grandmaster Soltis is an accomplished author of chess material and writes a terrific weekly column in the New York Post. He covers 249 games, indexed by players and openings, from throughout the Soviet period. Soltis gives personality to the opponents while demonstrating the rise of chess's popularity with the public and the Party. The chronological format helps define a Soviet mindset and show chess as a propoganda tool, especially after the challenge presented by American champion Bobby Fischer. Names of players take on a life, reflected in aggressive, passive, or conservative style of play. Though these plays can seem simplistic by today's computer standards, the marvelous creative ability of some of these great practitioners nevertheless merits our respect. The fundamental period games can only help develop a stronger or more sound play for readers and chess devotees. Highly recommended for chess and larger Soviet history collections.--Marty Soven, Woodside, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
List of Crosstablesp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1. Up from a Basementp. 3
2. Chess to the Workersp. 15
3. Big Chessp. 26
4. Tough Examinersp. 45
5. The New Soviet Manp. 63
6. International Moscowp. 82
7. The Terrorp. 102
8. Palaces, Twins and Absolute Championsp. 115
9. Barbarossap. 137
10. Joining the Worldp. 157
11. Golden Agep. 195
12. Invisible Crisisp. 246
13. Fischer Fearp. 278
14. After Reykjavikp. 310
15. Target: Korchnoip. 339
16. Scandalsp. 370
17. Endgamep. 391
Notes on Sourcesp. 421
Bibliographyp. 425
A Guide to the Pronunciation of Players' Namesp. 429
Soviet Dominance of FIDE, July 1, 1991p. 431
Soviet Championship Summariesp. 433
Index of Openings (ECO)p. 435
Index of Players and Opponentsp. 436
Subject Indexp. 438