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Sosonko: Russian Silhouettes
Sosonko: The dissolution of the Soviet Union marked the end of a unique chapter in the history of chess. With hindsight we can only marvel at the pivotal place the royal game occupied in the biggest country in the world. Originally embraced by Lenin as gymnastics of the mind, chess developed into an ideological weapon during the Cold War. Supported by the Soviet leadership, its champions, from Mikhail Botvinnik on, grew into symbols of socialist excellence.
As a respected trainer who became a world-class grandmaster after leaving Leningrad and moving to Holland in 1972, Genna Sosonko observes Soviet chess from a privileged dual perspective. Combining an insiders nostalgia with the detachment of a critical observer, he has produced unforgettable portraits of the heroes of this vanished age.
Each time after one of those, whom this book about, passed away, I wanted to read about them. Later I realised that I wanted to read about them what I myself knew. More than this - what only I knew. Publishers recommendation
208 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag New In Chess