A meticulous, methodical product of the Russian chess machine, he developed a rigorous pre-match procedure that became standard for Soviet masters preparing for international competition: three weeks' confinement in a country dacha with intensive training games, plenty of exercise and fresh air, stringent analysis of all the opponent's past games, four openings devised for both White and Black, concluding with five days of rest without chess just before the match. First there was the strength that chess gave the unyielding Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, a first-rate player, to resist his interrogators and tormentors.
War by Other Means Joseph A Harriss The American Spectator; Mar 2009; 42, 2; Docstoc pg. 72 Reproduced with permission of the c
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