Yuri Averbakh, Chess First Centenarian Grandmaster, Death of 100

“The question of my return to work at the organization is dead,” he wrote in his journal.

In 1955, Mikhail Botvinnik, the world champion, elected Mr. Averbakh came to play training with him. Over the next two years, the pair played 25 competitive tournaments – about the same length as the international tournament – with Mr. Botvinnik wins only one or two more games than Mr. Averbakh, according to Mr. Averbakh.

Their working relationship ended after Mr. Averbakh agreed to play training with Mikail Tal before the 1959 Yugoslavia Championships. Mr. Botvinnik considers the decision a betrayal, Mr. Averbakh was written. Mr. Tal went on to win the Tournament and won Mr. Botvinnik next year.

At the end of 1982, Mr. Smyslov, who is 61, qualified for the by-elections and asked Mr. Averbakh, whom he had known since childhood to be his mentor. Mr. Averbakh received, and Mr. Smyslov won his quarterfinal and semifinal bouts before losing to Garry Kasparov, the future world champion.

As his playing career disappeared in the 1960s, Mr. Averbakh played a later role in the Soviet chess organization. It is a difficult task, with all the scheduling and bureaucratic decisions often subject to political and second challenges. However, even though he said he had no knowledge of politics, he was able to succeed for many years in a second career.

In 1962, he became the editor of two of the most famous Soviet chess magazines, Shakhmatny Bulletin and Shakhmaty v SSSR. He treated them for 37 years, a record for longevity.

Mr. Averbakh was elected president of the Soviet Chess Federation in 1972, a legitimate position in the Soviet Union. With the success of chess being seen as the key to proving the viability of a culture, chess players were considered as important athletes and even referred to training show with the Olympic team. Mr. Averbakh describes the situation of the Central Komsomol University in Veshnyako in 1963:

“It was an unforgettable sight. Athletes baseball as thin as pencils, bow-legged squat weightlifters, boxers with large arms such as gorillas and flower ears and squashed noses. Of course, there are exceptions, but often one gets the impression that they are pathological, freak type, which is what got them into the big game, and allowed them to complete the benefits better than normal people. “

He is survived by his daughter (a different place in his identification as Jane or Evgenia). Information about other survivors is not available.

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