JFK jr. in Moscow and chess.
KENNEDY’S LAST MOVE
By chance , over the weekend, I came across one of those almost-hidden websites that can only be described as a precious gem: JOSEF’S SITE: ESSAY ON CHESS. How many do you recognize in the photo below?
JFK jr. (l) playing chess with his cousin Mark Shriver Moscow 1975 LINK
”As fate willed, in 1975, the Kennedys visited Moscow University where they acquainted themselves with its chess club. Sargent Shriver, a well-known American political figure, was at the head of the family delegation. His wife, the older Kennedy’s sister, their children and relatives became members of this group. It was very interesting to all of them. John Kennedy Jr., the President’s son, was at the center of attention.
While foreign guests looked over many chess photos on display, and heard my explanations, two Americans stepped aside and sat down at the chessboard. The young John Kennedy Jr. and his cousin Mark, Shriver’s son, were engaged in a passionate chess battle. Many spectators watched their moves. “John is very capable in chess,” students whispered to each other. Some university grandmasters suggested that if the younger Kennedy would attend classes as a foreign student at Moscow State University, they would help him to achieve a high chess level.”
ESSAY ON CHESS
Josef Vatnikov (right) serving coffee to Tigran Petrosian