Chess games of the rich and famous: Truman vs. Stalin, over Berlin


Not a chess game that really happened, but a virtual chess game with the highest stakes ever:

Truman and Stalin play chess, by Leslie Illington - Berlin Airlift - George Mason U image

Caption from George Mason collection: In this game Stalin‘s main opponent would be Harry Truman, the board Germany, and the opening gambit would occur in Berlin. Image by Leslie Illington. Source: National Library I of Wales.

Stalin’s pieces include “Eastern Bloc,” and “Berlin Blockade.”  Trumans pieces include a knight,  “Air Lift,” and a piece looking a lot like Gen. Dwight Eisenhower,   “Atlantic Alliance.”

I found this image at a site covering the Berlin Airlift, set up by John Lemza, a Ph.D. candidate in history at George Mason University.  I gather it was his response for a final assignment in a class — but it’s a great site to cover Berlin in the Cold War, and especially the Berlin Airlift:  “Berlin Airlift:  Relief for a city held hostage.”

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2 Responses to Chess games of the rich and famous: Truman vs. Stalin, over Berlin

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Hey, visitors: Please do this journal a favor, and tell us who or what sent you here today. Want to be able to return the favor, or tailor content to your needs.

    And it’s nice to know.

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Great story from the Berlin Airlift, the Candy Bomber:

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