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Why is Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony Also Called the Leningrad Symphony?

Dmitri Shostakovich, a Russian composer, and pianist was one of the significant influences in classical music. He had a unique harmonic style and was especially noted for his role in history under Stalin’s regime. But did you ever wonder why Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony was named after an old city in Russia? In 1942, the Soviet […]

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At a 1976 Amsterdam chess tournament, Soviet grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi politely asked an English competitor how to spell the words “political asylum.” He then went straight to a police station and announced that he wished to defect.

Viktor Korchnoi In this Eastern Slavic name, the patronymic is Lvovich and the family name is Korchnoi. Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi (Russian: Ви́ктор Льво́вич Корчно́й, IPA: [vʲiktər lʲvovʲɪtɕ kɐrtɕˈnoj]; 23 March 1931 – 6 June 2016) was a Soviet (before 1976) and Swiss (after 1980) chess grandmaster and writer. He is considered one of the strongest

At a 1976 Amsterdam chess tournament, Soviet grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi politely asked an English competitor how to spell the words “political asylum.” He then went straight to a police station and announced that he wished to defect. Read More »