# How is chess viewed in USSR vs Post-USSR?

I was reading the following wikipedia article on Mark Taimanov and I was very shocked (I guess I shoudn't be knowing how the Soviets took chess so seriously) that when Taimanov lost to Fischer 6-0 , the Soviet Government was embarrassed and found it "unthinkable" that he could lose a match so badly to an American, so they ended up taking away his salary and did not let him travel overseas. Later, they "forgave" saying the reason for punishment was that he brought a book by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn into the country, but from the article, I guess many speculate that Fischer's defeat of Bent Larsen 6-0 probably had more to do with the Soviet government "forgiving" Taimanov. So in a nutshell, do these things types of things still happen, not just with the countries that used to be a part of the USSR, but in other parts of the world? This maybe difficult to answer, because I guess if it did happen, it would be kept very secretive?

• The part you are quoting is about half of the article on Taimanov. Surely Taimanov, who was a top 10 player at his peak, deserves better than that. – Akavall Jul 4 '12 at 2:42
• "defeated 6 world champions..." – Tony Ennis Jul 4 '12 at 2:48
• @Akavall - This has nothing to do with Taimanov. This has to do with the Soviet treatment of their chess players. It could have been anyone. – xaisoft Jul 4 '12 at 17:34
• @xaisoft, I was just making an observation regarding the wikipedia article. It seemed to be overly focused on one issue. – Akavall Jul 4 '12 at 17:44
• @Akavall - OK I get you, not my question, but the wikipedia article itself :) – xaisoft Jul 5 '12 at 13:03