Kindred’s Special: Chess under Communist Influence and Socialized Patterns of State–First

Champions are in the mind of the beholder. What makes a champion?  This is my own view whether you share it, like it, or not!  My previous articles set the stage for a look into my own particular history of the ups and downs of chess stars through my time machine, that of my own creation, based upon literature from my library and personal episodes. Thus, come with me and share a picture view animating from my speedy fingers on the keyboard that has a hard time keeping up with my thoughts in private dictation and direction.

The previous article dealt with the 1914  Mannheim Tournament and the aftermath of assassination leading to War being declared by Germany on Russia, imprisonment of the 11-Russian players and brief introduction to the early life of E. D. Bogoljubow.  That life led to 10-years of missing his homeland but was made up for it when he met and married his sweetheart and subsequent two children.  Both, while in confinement as prisoners and upon returning to Russia, Bogoljubow used his skillful pen and skill at the board to keep his family in good health and financially secure.  During this period from 1914-1926 he had attained fame and fortune as one of a few real contenders for the world chess title.  In fact, he had won major tournaments in the USSR and held the title of USSR Champion on more than one occasion.  All reports from the times tell the story: he was the darling of the masses who delighted in his sparkling play.  He described his style as uniquely his but with the flavor of Chigorian. During his rise to stardom it seems he desired to prove that chess was not played out as Capablanca and others suggested but like the modern day Kasparov, Spassky and others prove that chess is even enriched by technology.  His articles were so skillfully and clearly written for the magazine Chess that it  gave the chess audience world-wide a much needed and deeper appreciation for the game.

Being free of a socialist-communist life had given Bogoljuow a sense of self-worth and freedom to make a decent livelihood for his family which he loved dearly.  The powers that be in the USSR chastised him for some of his beliefs and support of Jewish friends and acquaintances which caused the power block of  FIDE-Soviet brotherhood from those days to limit opportunities for travel and participation in international tournaments stating that he should play only in Soviet sponsored tournaments of their choosing.  What happened to him as happened to many who refused to live under such restrictions and yoke of the communist-socialist authorities,  public dissent in the guise of the written and spoken word which condemned him to a life of torment.  Lets face it, he had been the darling of the mass chess audience, his writing elevating the love for chess and desire to give the world his views on the game by both writings and chess style.  His close association with Alekhine whom the USSR had banned as a dissident long before did not help either.

Again war threatened and the rise of the Nazi Party and Hitler altered the life of both Alekhine and Bogoljubow; Alekhine as world champion and professional player as was Bogoljubow–both needed to live in Germany or occupied Europe to play chess. Alekhine writings were according to him altered to include Nazi propaganda for which the Jews in America via the chess magazine edited and owned by Al Horowitiz, Chess Review, lambasted Alekhine to no end.  Few people live up to principles of personal belief under the stress of threats , beatings and death.  Alekhine worked to rectify this assault by Chess Review and others in the free world.  His writings and explanations of those times are a rich heritage in the focus of life under such tyranny.  It was lucky for Bogoljubow that he lived in the American zone and managed to survive.  Life in those times was dangerous due to the constant threat of the Gestapo. He and others at Radom used to listen to the BBC using earphones to blunt and hide the transmittal from spying ears. In the end it was his own talk that he did not learn from the Soviet school of closed mouths. He hated the Bolsheviks as much as the Nazi wild ideas coming from Hitler and held both in equal revulsion and contempt.

Today in America we have the rise of socialism that is adored by the Democrat Party and socialistic and communistic views espoused by some in the news media and within our federal government.  Don’t believe it?  The truth comes in the guise of the hatred shown others regarding ideas, goals, preservation of freedom, of the Tea Party activists who want to restore the United States to sanity in this insane world.  We deplore radicalism; we deplore socialized experimentation; we deplore tinkering with principles upon which this Nation was founded and  had brought the world into the light from a dark hole.  God help us if we give it all up for CHANGE–THE OBAMA DRIBBLE.  Keep the dribble for basketball and not politics.

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