It’s Moscow, 1960. For a whole year the world has been waiting to see what happens when Tal and Botvinnik meet for the World Chess Crown. And now, the wait is over. The time is now.
The French Defense by Dimitri Raitzin is an award-winning play about this struggle of generations. The protagonists are the new and the old, pure talent and a lifetime of experience, two different styles and two different outlooks on life.
It is a play about a collision between the two best chess players in the world: the Champion – a survivor of the Stalin era who has held the World Title for 12 years, and the Challenger – a bright new phenom who has only one thing on his mind: victory.
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