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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

East Germany's Final Gambit

MAGDEBURG, Germany -- More than four years after dying as a state, East Germany notched up one last Cold War sporting achievement Sunday when its team was awarded the bronze medal in the correspondence chess Olympiad.


The 10th Olympiad -- which requires players to make 10 moves each per month and post them to their opponents -- took a staggering eight years to complete.


East Germany won bronze by beating West Germany in the final round. Ironically by then the Cold War adversaries were already playing together in a unified team for the 11th Olympiad, which began in 1992 when organizers tired of waiting for the 10th Olympiad to finish and began the next one.


The gold medal in the 10th Olympiad went to another country which had ceased to exist by the time the competition ended -- the Soviet Union.