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Half a century ago Gennady Sosonko left the USSR, the red colour of which dominated a large portion of the world map. One way or another, the fate of almost every single person described in this book is forever linked with that now none-existent empire.
Many of them ended up beyond its borders too. Cultures, traditions and a Soviet mentality, couldn't have left them without a trace. Having been transplanted into a different environment, they had to play the role of themselves apart from certain corrections with regard to the tastes and customs of a new society. Nevertheless, every one of them, both those who left the Soviet Union, and those who stayed behind, were forever linked by one common united phenomenon: they all belonged to the Soviet school of chess.
Under the constant eye, and control of the government, chess in the USSR was closely interwoven with politics, much like everything else in that vanished country. Concurrently, the closed and isolated society in which it was born only served to enable its development, creating its very own type of culture - the giant world of Soviet chess.
Sosonko was never indifferent to the past. Today, when there is that much more of it than the future, this feeling has become all the sharper. The faster the twentieth century sprints away from us and the thicker the grass of forgetting grows - under the verified power of the most powerful engines - that world of chess will be gone as well.
It was an intriguing, and colorful world, and Sosonko saw it as his duty to not let it disappear into that empty abyss.
Published 2021, softback, 257 pages.