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The KGB Plays Chess

The KGB Plays Chess

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Product type: Printed book

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Boris Gulko

The KGB Plays Chess reveals the role that the Soviet Union's security agency played in the world of Soviet and international chess. Partly written by former KGB lieutentant colonel Vladimir Popov, it tells the story of how pressure was applied to non-conformist Grandmasters Victor Korchnoi, Boris Gulko, Boris Spassky and Garry Kasparov and of the involvement of the KGB in Soviet sports.

The book is written from two perspectives: that of the hunter and the hunted. Vladimir Popov tells of the KGBs machinations to "safeguard" the Soviet Union's pre-eminence in the chess world whilst Boris Gulko explains what it meant to be on the receiving end as a "refusenik" in a country where the state was all powerful.

Former KGB Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Popov, who left Russia in 1996 and now lives in Canada, was one of those who had worked all his life for the KGB and was responsible for the sport sector of the USSR.

It is only now for the first time that he has decided to tell the reader his story of the KGB's involvement in Soviet Sports. This is his first book, and it is not only full of sensations, but it also dares to name names of secret KGB agents previously known only as famous chess masters, sportsmen or sport officials.

Published 2010, softback, 176 pages.


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