Top Young Soviet Chess Player Asks U.S. Asylum

From Associated Press

The Soviet Union’s leading young chess player and his father requested political asylum in the United States here Tuesday, according to grandmaster Lev Alburt, a former U.S. chess champion who defected from the Soviet Union in 1981.

Alburt said 14-year-old Gata Kamsky and his father, Rustam Kamsky, spoke with an FBI official Tuesday morning and are staying at an undisclosed address in the New York area.

Kamsky was the youngest member of a prominent Soviet chess delegation participating in the New York Open tournament.