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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tale of German politicians and chess!

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Hi everyone,

A new book is creating quite a discussion in Germany, according to a nice article from It is about two politicians, one a former chancellor of the country (1974 to 1982), the other quite plausibly a future chancellor (2013–), one 93 years old and razor sharp in his mind, the other, 64, a preeminent critic of global predatory capitalism. Both are chess players and the book uses a game motif on its cover.

"They are among the most important politicians of their generation, and they have a long-standing friendship. They stand for reliability, landmark decisions and clear, often uncomfortable positions. They meet – this time not to play chess, but to talk about the big policy issues that concern people currently. Go on read the full article! You can read the press release in German here.

Above is a historical picture of GM Lothar Schmid (arbiter in Fischer-Spassky 1972) playing a simul against members of the German parliament – right Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. The picture was taken on April 23, 1969.
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