Did the Soviets run a chess cartel?
Steve Levitt told us that sumo wrestlers cheat. Are you surprised that Soviet grandmasters did the same? They were expected to take certain deliberate draws against other, or sometimes even throw a game, so as to ensure that a given tournament would be won by a Soviet and not by a foreigner. Bobby Fischer had alleged this for years, now economists Charles Moule and John Nye offer some evidence.