Chess: a pawn in Russia’s power game

As featured in The Financial Times



“In the current mode in which geopolitical competition has been shifted away from the battlefield and on to every other realm, from economics to culture to sport, then wherever there’s a competition going, particularly one in which Russia feels it might have a chance, it wants to be there and it wants to be winning,” says Mark Galeotti, a leading expert on Russian power-politics and senior associate fellow at the UK’s Royal United Services Institute, a defence and security think-tank.