A Soviet chess cham­pion makes his move, back in Dubai

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Ex­pa­tri­ates of a cer­tain vin­tage might re­mem­ber a song Back in Dubai. Sung by Mom­bassa-born Sal Davis who played the ho­tel cir­cuit here, it be­came a ra­dio hit lo­cally in the 1980s. “Back in Dubai. There’s a sun and it shines there, all of the time,” Davis croons.

The song pro­vided the sound­track to a pro­mo­tional video for the event tak­ing place in the above pho­to­graph. It’s Novem­ber 16, 1986, and Dubai is host­ing the 27th Chess Olympiad at the World Trade Cen­tre. More than 100 teams par­tic­i­pated, in­clud­ing a UAE team.

Here in the cen­tre, we see reign­ing world cham­pion Garry Kas­parov of the USSR team mak­ing a move against a player out of shot, while sit­ting on his left is fel­low team mem­ber Ar­tur Yusupov. The Sovi­ets won that tour­na­ment and the pro­mo­tional video is still avail­able on YouTube.

John Den­nehy

Time Frame is a se­ries that opens a win­dow into the na­tion’s past. Read­ers are in­vited to make con­tri­bu­tions to [email protected]­ational.ae

Hasan Bon­zai / AP Photo

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