Chess was ubiquitous in the Soviet Union. Its players were among the best in the world, and Russia has a history of strong chess players going back centuries. It’s therefore not unusual that research scientists in Antarctica often played when they had little else to do. During one game, however, in 1959, one game ended in tragedy. The loser was so enraged that he took an axe and brutally murdered his friend and colleague. After this incident, the Soviets banned chess at their Antarctic research stations.