Curse of Kirsan: Adventures in the Chess Underworld

Author(s): Sarah Hurst

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Chess adventures! For wood-pushing novices or superstar grandmasters, chess can be an obsession. In pursuit of interviews, Sarah Hurst slid down an icy hill in Hastings to catch a Chinese women's world champion, chased Garry Kasparov around London, chatted cheerfully with a manic depressive in Budapest, and roamed the Russian steppe with Kalmyk Buddhists. When a newspaper editor Larisa Yudina was murdered within a mile or two of City Chess, the pet project of millionaire dictator Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Hurst began to expose the darker side of chess politics. She urged professional players to boycott the World Chess Olympiad, pointing to Ilyumzhinov's corruption and possible involvement in the murder. But chess players had no desire to reject the millions of dollars Ilyumzhinov was pouring into prize funds, and the boycott campaign failed. Readers will be captivated by Hurst's anedotes, insights and observations:

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General Fields

  • : 9781888690156
  • : Russell Enterprises
  • : Russell Enterprises
  • : July 2003
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 288
  • : Sarah Hurst
  • : Paperback / softback