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World’s oldest grandmaster Yuri Averbakh dies

Averbakh turned 100 years old in February this year. The chess player’s cause of death is not specified

Photo: Eteri Kublashvili/Russian Chess Federation

The world’s oldest grandmaster Yuri Averbakh has died at the age of 100. This was reported by the Telegram channel of the Russian Chess Federation.

The causes of his death are not specified.

Averbakh was awarded the title of grandmaster in 1952. In 1965 he became the Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. He was awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples, medals “For Courage to Work” and “For Courageous Work in Commemoration of the Centenary of the Birth of Lenin”. He won the 1954 USSR Championship on his account.

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In February, Averbakh turned 100 years old. In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding Averbakh the Order of Honor “for his great contribution to the development and popularization of the Russian and international chess movement and many years of conscientious work.”

At the moment, Averbakh was ranked 1779th in the International Chess Federation (FIDE) ranking, among Russian chess players in the FIDE ranking, he was in line 265.


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