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Curse Of Kirsan

Curse Of Kirsan

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Sarah Hurst

Journalist Sarah Hurst spent seven years pursuing interviews with figures from the world of chess, both amateur and professional. Many of these interviews are reproduced here together with historical articles on players past showing how they tried to adapt to the life of a chess professional, often living on the fringes of society.

Professional players crave money and respectability which, in Hurst's opinion, is why Kirzan Ilyumzhinov, with his millions of dollars, has been able to impress as a chess benefactor whilst simultaneously being a repressive dictator. Hurst unsuccessfully tried to organise a boycott of the 33rd Olympiad in Kalmykia after the murder of a newspaper editor there.

This book is not all about Kirzan, in fact only one chapter is devoted to him, but it is a collections of interviews and observations which shed light on the politics and mechanics of chess past and present. Most of these articles appeared in Chess magazine in the 1990s.

Published 2002, softback, 285 pages.

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