TITLE

Korchnoi's Complaint

AUTHOR(S)
Meyer, Eugene
PUB. DATE
December 1981
SOURCE
National Review;12/25/1981, Vol. 33 Issue 25, p1525
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article comments on the consequences faced by Russian chess player Viktor Korchnoi after denouncing the Soviet government in 1976. Korchnoi was still a Soviet citizen when he played against Russian world chess champion Anatoly Karpov for the first time. After Korchnoi defected and denounced the government, the Soviets decided not to allow his wife and son to leave the nation. Even before such incident, the Soviet government had always favored Karpov. Being highly intellectual, individualistic, and eccentric are the characteristics that great chess masters possess. Nevertheless, most of them do not emigrate from the native lands. However, Russian chess masters may be misfits in the sense that the independence characteristic of them may not complement with the Soviet system.
ACCESSION #
6072494

 

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