Behind the new iron curtain of chess: this is how the invasion of Ukraine has shaken the board

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International and chess politics


Giangiuseppe Pili, RUSI Research Fellow, comments: "Chess is a microcosm that allows you to see in great detail what the world is really like and represents the current geopolitical moment very well." "Both international politics and chess politics are fragmented and if we end up in a more divided world, and I would bet that will be the case, it won't be on just two sides."

While the majority of Russian chess players deny the war or go into exile, the International Chess Federation is experiencing a cold war with a former Kremlin man at the helm. Everything at the gates of the start of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid.