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|Feb-08-16|| ||diagonal: Happy birthday and best wishes to the world's oldest living grandmaster, Yuri Averbakh!|
GM since 1952, awarded the same year as Mark Taimanov who has been celebrating his 90th jubilee birthday yesterday.
|Feb-08-16|| ||sonia91: Happy 94th birthday!|
|Dec-20-16|| ||ColeTrane: Would Line up to Hear him talk chess and "other board games" histories. A living legend still....|
|Feb-08-17|| ||Bubo bubo: Happy birthday, GM Yuri Averbakh!
Dear cg.com: The world's oldest living grandmaster turns 95, but is not chosen <POTD> on his anniversary?!
|Mar-01-17|| ||diagonal: Congratulations to GM Yuri Averbakh on his 95th Anniversary by FIDE (president):|
Pictures & Bio: https://alchetron.com/Yuri-Averbakh...
|Aug-24-17|| ||Caissanist: Larry Evans' 1990 interview with Averbakh, which was later incorporated into his book <This Crazy World of Chess>, is still the best Averbakh interview I have seen. You can read it in Google Books' excerpt from that book here: https://books.google.com/books?id=-... .|
|Aug-29-17|| ||cro777: The Clash of Generations
An interesting chess event took place on 29th August at the telecenter "Ostankino" in Moscow – an exhibition game between the oldest living chess grandmaster, a 95-year old Yuri Averbach, and the youngest chess player in the world, a 4-year-old Misha Osipov:
Averbakh blundered the rook and lost the game.
Last year, the little wunderkind from Moscow made headlines when he had a chess duel with the former world champion Anatoly Karpov on the Russian talent show "The best!":
|Aug-29-17|| ||Petrosianic: He may be the youngest player of any note, but I doubt he's the youngest player in the world. That claim needs to be more specific, like "The Youngest Player to Play a Rated Game", or something like that.|
|Aug-29-17|| ||Petrosianic: Also, the FIDE rating card says Osipov was born in 2004, which would make him 13 now. If this was played when he was 4, then Averbakh was only 86.|
|Aug-30-17|| ||cro777: Mikhail Osipov, born 2004, is another Russian chess player. The game between 4-year-old Misha Osipov and Averbakh was played yesterday (August 29th).|
|Aug-30-17|| ||alexmagnus: Youngest to play a rated game was some Indian girl who played in an under-7 championship of her state at the age of 3.|
|Aug-30-17|| ||alexmagnus: On that exhibition game photo the names are switched :)|
|Sep-02-17|| ||cro777: Last Tuesday, on the occasion of the 50th birthday of Moscow's famous radio and television tower Ostankino, a special chess program was broadcast. As mentioned above, the highlight of the evening was the match between the world's oldest grandmaster, Yuri Averbakh (95), and four-year-old Misha Osipov. Also, a match was played in paired chess, where Karjakin and Osipov beat Averbakh and his team member, Alexander Zhukov. |
Averbakh discussed his chess memories:
"I was blessed to live in the golden age of chess. It was the 1945 USA-USSR radio-match that opened great traveling opportunities for Soviet players.
I remember that American grandmaster Denker told me that Americans were expecting the match to end with a small margin, while they were reigning four-time world champions.
By the way, I was working as a controller at this match. Our crushing victory turned everything around: Soviet chess players were participating abroad, and even the second place was considered a failure. As an outcome, Botvinnik became the world champion."
|Sep-02-17|| ||cro777: "Yuri Averbakh, at 95, still shows phenomenal memory and a bright mind. |
In the game against a 4-year-old Misha Osipov, almost unable to see the board due to his significantly decreased vision, he still managed to win a piece and completely dominate the position.
Sadly, he dropped a rook as he didn't clearly see the move of the young opponent."
Mikhail Osipov – Yuri Averbakh. Position after 23…axb6
click for larger view
Here Yuri Averbakh thought that he saw the white rook going to d1 so he took on c2 and lost the game.
As <alexmagnus> remarked, on the game photo the names are switched.
|Sep-03-17|| ||alexmagnus: <due to his significantly decreased vision>|
<This> seems to be a universal of extremely old age. Not mental failure (indeed, <no one> of the longevity world record holders got dementia). Not physical weakness. But gradually going blind, typically completely losing sight between 100 and 110. Our eyes are just not suited to be around for more than some 75-80 years. If we ever significantly improve maximum lifespan, the first things the scientists will have to address is what to do with all the blind people that arise of this improvement :D
|Dec-09-17|| ||alexmagnus: ... And Misha Osipov is clearly overhyped.
All we know about him is that he plays chess. We don't even know at which level. I've seen dozens of four-year-olds who play chess.
So far he played three games against FIDE rated opponents. All three losses. Against players rated 1000-1300.
So, what makes him different from other four-year-olds?
|Feb-08-18|| ||Fusilli: Sad that we don't have a photo of the oldest GM alive. (Preferably, one of him at his prime, not in his 90s...)|
I wonder how many tournaments he is the last survivor of.
|Feb-08-18|| ||tpstar: <BIDMONFA> to the rescue!|
Yuri Averbakh (kibitz #15)
|Feb-08-18|| ||Fusilli: <tpstar>
OK, I googled-image him, and found this one from his younger years:
That's a nice one, no?
|Feb-08-18|| ||Marmot PFL: <If we ever significantly improve maximum lifespan, the first things the scientists will have to address is what to do with all the blind people that arise of this improvement :D>|
|Feb-09-18|| ||alexmagnus: Last survivor of...
For a start, 1948 Soviet championship and 1953 Candidates (but not 1952 Interzonal - Matanovic is alive too). I know it because I always track the earliest Soviet Championship, Interzonal, Candidates and WC match that has survivors.
|Feb-10-18|| ||Fusilli: Last survivor of the 1950 USSR championship as well. As for the 1951 USSR championship, the last place, Evgeny Terpugov, is either alive at 100 or his date of death is unknown.|
|Feb-14-18|| ||Fusilli: I believe he is also the last survivor of the 1954 USSR championship.|
Also, a number of USSR championships in the 1950s featured both Averbakh and Spassky. For example, both are the last survivors of USSR Championship (1958).
As for USSR Championship (1956), in addition to Averbakh and Spassky, there is Abram Khasin, who is 94.
From USSR Championship (1955), in addition to Averbakh and Spassky, there is Vitaly Sergeevich Sherbakov (86).
From USSR Championship (1959), there are five survivors: Averbakh, Spassky, Krogius (87), Vasiukov (84), and Nikitin (83).
|May-28-18|| ||Kapmigs: <...It says of me in the book that my best quality as player was my energy, which I think was right. My biggest fault? Well it is interesting you ask me that. This book does not say it because I think you cannot estimate it, it is only the person himself who really knows. I will tell you: let me try to say it like this. When you are a player, if you lose it is big shock for you every time. It is much more than unhappiness, it is deep distress. But when you win, you should experience as compensation very great joy, it surges up from inside of you like this. If you do not have that feeling, then you cannot be truly great player. And I am sorry to say, I do not know why it was but I never myself had that feeling. I liked to play and I liked to win; but never once did I have joy from winning. Pain and sadness when I lost yes, but when I won joy was not there. It was because I knew I did not have that necessary thing that I retired from playing soon after I was forty, and began to edit magazines and write books on chess instead....>|
--from the transcript of Yuri Averbakh's interview with Tony Parker
|May-28-18|| ||Muttley101: I grew up with Averbakh's endgame series that Batsford produced in English, and studying the KID and the Averbakh system. One of the joys of chess is the remarkable history and characters. I am glad there are still some around to bear witness.|
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