World’s oldest chess grandmaster Yuri Averbakh died at 100 – A Russian chess grandmaster Yuri Averbakh passed away at the age of 100 in Moscow. He was among the world’s best players for a decade, trained world champions and was the last surviving participant in one of the greatest competitions in history.
- Yuri Averbakh was the first grandmaster to reach that age.
- Yuri won the Moscow Championship in 1949 and received the Grandmaster title in 1952.
- In 1954, he became the champion of the USSR.
- He also headed the Chess Federation of the USSR between 1972 and 1977.
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