Out of the nearly 8 billion people in the world, there are only about 300,000 who are living centenarians (someone who has lived for at least 100 years.) Since 1950, FIDE (the world chess organization) has awarded less than 2000 Grandmaster titles in total. So, its not surprising that centenarian chess grandmasters are rare. InContinue reading “Chess Grandmaster Yuri Averbakh Turns 100!”
White to move and mate in 5 (from Yuri Averbakh vs. Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush, 1963).
At age 99, Yuri Averbakh has spent the better part of of his life checkmating opponents but off the board, it appears that he used his famous chess stubbornness to checkmate COVID.