RIP Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013)

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  • RIP Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013)

    Nelson Mandela, who was called "Tata Madiba" (father of the nation) by South Africans, passed away yesterday. Mandela was a world famous anti-apartheid fighter who became the first truly democratic President of South Africa. He spent many years imprisoned by that criminal regime, during which time he taught chess to other prisoners to keep up their spirits. This is what the current President of South Africa had to say about that...

    Originally posted by SA President Jacob Zuma
    Chess provided a solace to us that we needed in those conditions of isolation and deprivation. It propelled our minds beyond the confines of the prison walls and allowed us to reflect and to position our thoughts strategically to fight the (apartheid) regime ...
    from A. Kosteniuk's blog

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    Nelson Mandela

    ChessBase - Nelson Mandela and chess

    There are lots of links to more South African chess stories at the above link.
    Last edited by Nigel Hanrahan; Friday, 6th December, 2013, 05:58 PM. Reason: ChessBase addition
    Dogs will bark, but the caravan of chess moves on.