Top chess player defends Russian invasion: ‘I fully support Putin’

Top chess player defends Russian invasion: ‘I fully support Putin’

Meanwhile, Karjakin is not afraid to speak his mind. Karjakin made headlines earlier this year after calling his Russian friend Daniil Dubov a “traitor.”

Last year, Doebov was part of the team that helped Norwegian Magnus Carlsen prepare for the world title match against Russian Ian Nepomniashchi, yes. According to Karjakin it is incomprehensible.

Dobov’s decision to help Carlsen was criticized in various circles in Russia. Poetically, Russian chess coach and journalist Sergei Shipov joined the uprising: “The seeds of discord were sown in the Russian team. This caused huge cracks in the Russian chess game, a country that was still very united on the chessboard in Soviet times.

Chess as a metaphor for war

The World Chess Champion from 1948 to 2006 came from the Soviet Union (and later Russia). Russian chess became world famous with great masters such as Mikhail Tal, Boris Spassky, Anatoli Karpov, Garri Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik. The Russians embraced their great master en masse.

In the hottest hours of the Cold War, only one American broke Soviet hegemony: Bobby Fischer. It hurt the pride among the Russians. The chess games that Fischer played with Spassky for the world title in 1972 were emblematic of the Cold War.

Watch a 2003 NOS documentary about Bobby Fischer, ‘The Wandering King’.

Source: NOS