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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nikolai Krylenko: The Father of Soviet Chess

I was looking through a copy of The Soviet School of Chess by Kotov and Yudovich and found mention of one Nikolai Krylenko but not much was said about him, so I did some online research. I discovered some interesting facts which Kotov and Yudovich failed to mention.

Krykenko was a Russian Bolshevik revolutionary and politician. He participated in the political purges of the 1920’s and 1930’s and ended up getting arrested himself. He confessed to numerous crimes...under torture, of course, and after a trial lasting 20 minutes, he was found guilty and and executed immediately.

While looking for Krylenko I came across an excellent Chessville article on him that was a good read. Check it out!

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