The KGB Plays Chess:The Soviet Secret Police and the Fight for the World Chess Crown Russell Enterprises, Inc. Boris Gulko, Yuri Felshtinsky
The people, places, and stories behind the chess openings and their names: When we play chess, the first few moves define the game. You probably know the names already: the Sicilian Defense, the Ruy Lopez, the French Defense, the Caro-Kann, the Benoni, the London System, the Scandinavian Defense and so on. But most chess players don´t know WHY the openings are called what they are. In this entertaining audiobook, best-selling author Nathan Rose lays out the origins of over 50 standard chess openings and their names. The tales are often deeply connected to the lives of the leading chess grandmasters, the historical events taking place at the time, and the critical chess world championship contests. All these stories are collected together in this, the first audiobook dedicated to uncovering them. The names of the chess openings tell the history of chess: You will meet larger-than-life characters such as Bobby Fischer, Aron Nimzowitsch, Alexander Alekhine, Frank Marshall, Siegbert Tarrasch, Wilhelm Steinitz, and Paul Morphy. Some of these men won their fame in the chess world championship, while some gained wider renown for reasons other than their ability to play chess. You will be agog at Paul Morphy´s stunning conquest of Europe and subsequent disappearance, the outrageous antics of Aron Nimzowitsch upon losing a game, and the eccentric names Alexander Alekhine gave his cats. You will also travel through the places and events that defined chess in the early years. As David Shenk showed in The Immortal Game, the history of chess has often mirrored the history of society. There´s the 1972 world chess championship that pitted the Soviet Union´s Boris Spassky against America´s irascible Bobby Fischer in the Match of the Century; the 1939 chess olympiad in Argentina which coincided with the outbreak of World War II; and the unveiling of the ´´Mechanical Turk´´ chess-playing contraption in 18th-century Vienna. Impress you... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nathan Rose. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/115433/bk_acx0_115433_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Jennifer duBois’s mesmerizing and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter links two disparate characters, each searching for meaning against seemingly insurmountable odds. In St. Petersburg, Russia, world chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov begins a quixotic quest. With his renowned Cold War–era tournaments behind him, Aleksandr has turned to politics, launching a dissident presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin. He knows he will not win - and that he is risking his life in the process - but a deeper conviction propels him forward. And in the same way that he cannot abandon his aims, he cannot erase the memory of a mysterious woman he loved in his youth. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, 30-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison is on an improbable quest of her own. Certain she has inherited Huntington’s disease - the same cruel illness that ended her father’s life - she struggles with a sense of purpose. When Irina finds an old, photocopied letter her father had written to the young Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful decision. Her father had asked the Soviet chess prodigy a profound question - How does one proceed against a lost cause? - but never received an adequate reply. Leaving everything behind, Irina travels to Russia to find Bezetov and get an answer for her father, and for herself. Spanning two continents and the dramatic sweep of contemporary history, A Partial History of Lost Causes reveals the stubbornness and splendor of the human will even in the most trying times. With uncommon perception and wit, Jennifer duBois explores the power of memory, the depths of human courage, and the endurance of love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathe Mazur, Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002914/bk_rand_002914_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why did Hitler choose not to invade England when he had the chance? Europe, 1940. It´s late summer, and Belgium has been overrun by the German army. Posing as a friar, a British operative talks his way into the monastery at Villers-devant-Orval just before Nazi art thieves plan to sweep through the area and whisk everything of value back to Berlin. But the ersatz man of the cloth is no thief. Instead, that night he adds an old leather Bible to the monastery´s library and then escapes. London, 2017. A construction worker operating a backhoe makes a grisly discovery - a skeletal arm bone with a rusty handcuff attached to the wrist. Was this the site, as a BBC newsreader speculates, of ´´a long-forgotten prison, uncharted on any map?´´ One viewer knows better: it´s all that remains of a courier who died in a V-2 rocket attack. The woman who will put these two disparate events together - and understand the looming tragedy she must hurry to prevent - is Russian historian and former Soviet chess champion Larissa Mendelova Klimt, ´´Lara the Bookworm´´, to her friends. She´s also experiencing some woeful marital troubles. In the course of this riveting thriller, Lara will learn the significance of six musty Dictaphone cylinders recorded after D-day by Noël Coward - actor, playwright, and secretly, a British agent reporting directly to Winston Churchill. She will understand precisely why that leather Bible, scooped up by the Nazis and deposited on the desk of Adolf Hitler days before he planned to attack Britain, played such a pivotal role in turning his guns to the East. And she will discover the new secret pact negotiated by the nefarious Russian president and his newly elected American counterpart - maverick and dealmaker - and the evil it portends. Oh, and she´ll reconcile with her husband. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Reading. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011374/bk_blak_011374_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Checkmate Run is a real-life thriller that chronicles the author´s life as a writer, medical student, and physician in Moscow during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s and his struggle to survive the brutal Soviet regime. Alex Loevsky is a medical student and an inspiringly rebellious poet who becomes enmeshed in a battle against the rampant cruelty of the communist rule, where the simple desire to think freely is a crime on par with treason, and being born Jewish is more than a mere hindrance. When Alex witnesses the murder of a dissident who seeks to expose to the Western world the tortuous reality of life in the Soviet Union, it leads him to the core of the human rights activists´ underground. Alex´s life becomes a death-dealing game of chess, where in order to survive he must remain one step ahead of his ruthless opponent - the KGB´s second chief directorate. The KGB agents are vicious and closing in, and Alex´s odds of escaping are bleak. The inevitable checkmate will either bring him freedom...or death. Checkmate Run is an adrenaline rush of a novel that examines the value and fragility of life, love, and freedom, which most of us take for granted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007740/bk_blak_007740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Firebird Affair centers on the suspicious death of Emily, the beautiful wife of Washington Tribune correspondent Todd Martin. In 1991, she collapsed over lunch with a friend in a Moscow restaurant. A massive heart attack, Moscow authorities said and the US Embassy concurred. They shipped her body home to the U.S. without Todd even being aware she had died. He was out of contact covering one of the conflicts flaring up as the Soviet Union disintegrated. But Todd has managed to rebuild his life; he´s now the Tribune´s chess columnist, from time to time drifting in and out of depression. He has always been doubtful Emily´s death was an accident. His estranged son, Rick, is certain his mother was murdered, and blames his father for failing to protect her. By 2002, Todd gets an opportunity to establish the truth after a Russian spy approaches the CIA wanting to defect. The spy reveals the existence of a KGB mole inside the U.S. government. He also alleges that the KGB played a role in Emily´s death by sneaking a psychotropic drug into her drink. Holz, the former Moscow CIA station chief, now a senior CIA official, offers Todd the chance to go to Moscow on a rogue mission to uncover the traitor´s identity. Todd undertakes the mission that leads him as well as Holz to confront wholly unexpected results. The Firebird Affair explores the consequences of duplicity and betrayal, in both Moscow and Washington. It revolves around the actual KGB-led plot to remove Gorbachev from power, capturing the drama of the last months of Cold War and the subsequent changes in our public life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andy Caploe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010478/bk_adbl_010478_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An intense cat-and-mouse game played between two brilliant men in the last days of the Cold War, this shocking insider´s story shows how a massive giveaway of secret war plans and nuclear secrets threatened America with annihilation. In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counterintelligence. But his real expertise was ´´reading´´ body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated. So it was that, on a routine assignment to interview a ´´person of interest´´ - a former American soldier named Rod Ramsay - Navarro noticed his interviewee´s hand trembling slightly when he was asked about another soldier who had recently been arrested in Germany on suspicion of espionage. That thin lead was enough for the FBI agent to insist to his bosses that an investigation be opened. What followed is unique in the annals of espionage detection - a two-year-long battle of wits. The dueling antagonists: an FBI agent who couldn´t overtly tip to his target that he suspected him of wrongdoing lest he clam up, and a traitor whose weakness was the enjoyment he derived from sparring with his inquisitor. Navarro´s job was made even more difficult by his adversary´s brilliance: not only did Ramsay possess an authentic photographic memory as well as the second highest IQ ever recorded by the US Army, he was bored by people who couldn´t match his erudition. To ensure that the information flow would continue, Navarro had to pre-choreograph every interview, becoming a chess master plotting 20 moves in advance. And the backdrop to this mental tug of war was the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the very real possibility that its leaders, in a last bid to alter the course of history, might launch a devastating attack. If they did, they would have Ramsay to thank, because as Navarro would learn... 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Newbern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007921/bk_sans_007921_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1959, nine hikers of the Dyatlov expedition perish while crossing a remote mountain range in the Soviet Union. More than 65 years later, the circumstances surrounding their deaths remain a mystery. In 1995, Julie Sigler is killed in an Air Force training exercise crash, but the circumstances of her death are never called into question...until she appears on TV, 20 years later, standing beside the current president of the United States. Disavowed and on the run, the black ops Chess Team is in search of one of their own: former President Tom Duncan. Held in a secret US government detainment site after sacrificing his freedom to ensure the team´s, Duncan hasn´t been seen or heard from in a year. Meanwhile, the team´s leader, Jack Sigler, is on the trail of a woman who just might be his sister Julie - back from the dead and working for his enemies. Drawn into a labyrinth of intrigue, King discovers a scheme to topple the US government and forge a new global empire. To stop a war that could destroy civilization, King and the Chess Team infiltrate the frozen Russian wilderness, battle the elements and the inhuman abominations spawned in Cold War laboratories, and go head-to-head with a powerful enemy, ascending from the pages of history. Torn between loyalty to his family, his teammates and his country, King faces his most daunting challenge yet. The stakes have never been higher, or more personal. Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis, the international best-selling duo behind Herculean and Cannibal are back for the eighth novel in the pulse-pounding Jack Sigler Thriller series. With the ancient mystery of James Rollins and frenetic pacing of Matthew Reilly, and with an all too plausible civilization-ending scenario, Empire will please new listeners and longtime Sigler fans alike. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067790/bk_acx0_067790_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrei Kanchelskis was one of the stars of the first great side Sir Alex Ferguson built at Old Trafford; the team of warriors that included Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona. In Russian Winters, Andrei tells the inside story of his departure from Old Trafford; a departure dogged by persistent accusations it had been engineered by the Russian mafia. Here, Kanchelskis reveals why his agent presented Ferguson with a box containing £40,000 and what it was like to be the nearest player to Cantona on the night he leapt into the crowd at Selhurst Park. After leaving Manchester United, Kanchelskis tells what it was like to play alongside Duncan Ferguson at Everton and Gabriel Batistuta at Fiorentina and how in Florence he witnessed a real-life mafia murder. His move to Rangers ensured he would be the only man to score in a Manchester, a Merseyside and a Glasgow derby. After a fall-out with the Rangers manager, Dick Advocaat, he returned to Russia via a spell at Manchester City and in the Middle East, Kanchelskis explains what life was like as a foreigner in Saudi Arabia and how he was playing chess in the desert with a member of the Saudi royal family as a murderous Al-Qaeda attack shot up the centre of Riyadh. With Russia due to be the centre of the football world when hosting next years World Cup, Kanchelskis examines the sad decline of one of the games great powers told through his time as a manager in his native land; a story of ignorance and corruption. Andrei Kanchelskis was born in Kirovograd, Ukraine, in 1969. He began his playing career with Dynamo Kyiv - the most revered club in Soviet football. Following a year with Dynamos Ukrainian rivals Shakhtar Donetsk, Sir Alex Ferguson made his move to bring Kanchelskis to Manchester United, months before the dissolution of the USSR. Kanchelskis beguiled fans at Old Trafford before he took his whirlwind wing play across the M62 to Goodison Park. A brief but memorable 18-month period at Everton was followed by spells at Fiorentina, Rangers and Manchester City. He featured 36 times for Russia between 1992-1998. He currently resides in Moscow.