Efim Geller and the Soviet School of Chess

Here’s a nice Youtube video featuring Efim Geller. It touches on one of the great paradoxes of the so-called Soviet School of Chess, which I personally think was just propaganda rather than a real entity. People became good at chess in the USSR thanks to powerful incentives, much higher status and a better life than they got from working in a factory.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: