The Soviet Union's domination of world chess : the methods, results, and stories behind it all : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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dc.contributor.advisor Zhuk, S. I. (Sergei Ivanovich) en_US
dc.contributor.author Sweeney, Ryan P. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-06T19:27:27Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-06T19:27:27Z
dc.date.created 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.other A-336 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/192808
dc.description.abstract This honors thesis will examine the Soviet Union's dominance in the game of chess. It focuses on the evolution of chess in the Soviet Union, a place where chess was not just a game, but an instrument that the Soviet government greatly promoted and funded. The Soviet government expanded on the talent pool that had already begun developing in Russia prior to the October Revolution in 1917, and nationalized chess by providing opportunities for the working class to participate in ways they were not able to in pre-1917 Russia. This paper will look at players, government officials, and extraordinary events that allowed the Soviet Union to become the undisputed hegemon in chess. In addition to examining the successes of the Soviet Union in this field, as well as the methods used to achieve it, I will look at the pitfalls and struggles players had against the Soviet government, and the battle for control between chess players and government officials. Overall, I argue that this system, for a short period of time, achieved great success and bettered the game of chess for both the Soviet Union and the rest of the world, but was not a viable scheme that could maintain long-term success.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.format.extent 88 leaves ; 30 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh History. en_US
dc.title The Soviet Union's domination of world chess : the methods, results, and stories behind it all : an honors thesis (HONRS 499) en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis.
dc.description.degree Thesis (B.?.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1404707 en_US


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