Prokofiev vs Oistrakh: full match reportmain
Many musicians play chess to sharpen their minds and kill hours in trains and planes. Some are rather good at it.
The composer Sergei Prokofiev was good enough to steal a game off an international grandmaster. But he met his match in David Oistrakh.
Read a move-by-move account of their contest here. (The young woman looking on is Elisaveta Gilels, daughter of Emil.)
It’s the Slipped Disc long weekend read.