Beschrijving White King and Red Queen is the story of 20th century chess, and it's inexorable connection to the rise and fall of Soviet Communism. Daniel Johnson's landmark book begins with the early days of revolutionary activity in central Europe, when the chessboard was the province of exiled intellectuals and games were confined to coffee houses. When the Bolsheviks moved into the Kremlin after the 1917 revolution, they took chess with them. Altough Lenin himself was a keen player, it was Krylenko, creator of the Red Army, who persuaded the Kremlin to adopt chess as a symbol of Soviet power. From then on, competitors were obliged to play for the state, or risk imprisonment or exile. Throughout the Cold War, the Communist influence on international politcs was reflected in Soviet domination of world chess. From 1945, champions sprang unfailingly from Soviet soil. Three decades of Soviet chess hegemony were shattered finally in 1972 with the historic match between Robert Fischer and Boris Spassky. The years between 1974 and 1981 saw the equally thrilling struggle between Viktor Korchnoi, anti-Communist dissident, and Anatoly Karpov, loyal representative of the Kremlin. White King and Red Queen recounts in gripping detail the history of the game and its players during the 20th century, and culminates with the emergence of Garry Kasparov, the last Soviet world champion. Daniel Johnson - a chess player, Cold War correspondent and historian - is the perfect guide to this remarkable period, when chess matches, for a brief, golden time, were front-page news, and captured the world's imagination.
About the author: Daniel Johnson is the former literary editor of The Times. he has also been its comment editor and was its german correspondent at the time of fall of the berlin Wall. Most recently he held the post of op-ed editor at the Daily Telegraph. A formidable chess player himself, Johnson's crowning achievement was the draw he once achieved with Garry Kasparov. White King and Red Queen is his first book. Details Titel: White King and Red Queen auteur: Johnson, Daniel Mediatype: Boek Bindwijze: Gebonden Taal: Engels Aantal pagina's: 368 Uitgever: Atlantic Books Publicatiedatum: 2008-02-13 NUR: Schaken Gewicht: 780 gr ISBN/ISBN13: 9781843546092
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