Bobby v. Tolya

Eidelman, Tamara
March 2010
Russian Life;Mar/Apr2010, Vol. 53 Issue 2, p21
The article talks about the golden era for chess in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), which started in the early 1970s. The author relates the story of Bobby Fischer, an American who defeated many Russian players, and Anatoly Karpov who became World Champion in 1975 after Fischer failed to show up for their match. Fischer eventually had mental problems and died in Reykjavik while Karpov went on to play against his friend Viktor Korchnoy who had defected to the west. The author notes that the popularity of chess has since waned.


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