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Peskov on the death of the world’s oldest grandmaster: “Averbakh made chess better”

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Yuri Averbakh lived a wonderful life and made chess better

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Grandmaster Yuri Averbakh lived a wonderful life, said TASS Press Secretary of the President of Russia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Chess Federation Dmitry Peskov.

“He lived a wonderful life and made chess better than it was before him,” Peskov said.

World’s oldest grandmaster Yuri Averbakh dies

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Averbakh, the world’s oldest grandmaster, died on May 7 at the age of 100.

Averbakh received the title of grandmaster in 1952. In 1965 he became the Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. He won the 1954 USSR Championship on his account.

In May of this year, Vladimir Putin signed a decree on awarding Averbakh with 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.”

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