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On Oct 3, 1:33*am, "Andrew B." wrote:
On Sep 28, 11:16*pm, ChessFire wrote:

They do say: "It is stated, for example, *that the growth of the
Soviet School took place immediately after the October revolution in
1917; in actual fact it was not until 1934, when the leading Soviet
players began venturing to tournaments in other countries, that the
USSR was recognised as any sort of chess power at all. As late as 1940
there were only 5 international grandmasters in the Soviet Union."


Did "international grandmaster" even mean anything before 1950?

And "it started to grow in 1917" and "it was first recognised as a
power in 1934" are hardly contradictory statements.


I have just reprinted the book and I do not see anywhere that it
states that it states that the growth of the Soviet School took place
immediately after the October Revolution.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/4871878198
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...SBN=4871878198

The USA victories in the World Chess Olympiads in the 1920s and 1930s
took place because the Soviet Union did not play in those events and
because they were "amateur events" and professional chess players did
not play. That is the reason you do not see the best players in the
world, like Capablanca, Lasker and Alekhine playing.

Nobody knows how good the Russian were during those times because
except for occasionally letting a few players out, the Soviet players
were not allowed to compete in the West.

Sam Sloan
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