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The top 5 best scorers of the Olympiad are: 1. M. Tal (8 Olympiads, 101 games) +65=32-2 or 81,2%; 2. A. Karpov (6 Olympiads, 68 games) +43=23-2 or 80.1%; 3. T. Petrosian (10 Olympiads, 132 games), +70=50-1 or 79.8%; 4. Isaac Kashdan (5 Olympiads, 49 games), +52, =22, -5 or 79,8%; 5. V. Smyslov (9 Olympiads, 113
Max Euwe was not yet a World Champion in 1920 but he was already known to be a talented player despite this little accident against his countryman Gerard Oskam.
Vienna 1873 tournament was the last tournament where a pawn could be promoted to a piece which had already been captured.
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"I believe that every world champion has a greatness of his own."- Kiril Georgiev
"He has weaknesses, as everyone does, but far fewer than those around him."- Veselin Topalov
"I personally believe that Karpov should have been more generous with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Kirsan is the only president in the history of FIDE, and maybe in the history of all international federations, who has contributed dozens of million dollars for the sport he loves. By the way, some of these millions went directly to Anatoly’s pocket…"- George Makropoulos
"Never felt more like singin’ the blues, cos I never thought that I’d ever lose…"- Vladimir Kramnik 2017
"The game of chess is turning out to be much richer than we knew-you can’t reduce it to the simple rules"- Vishy Anand
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George Salwe (1862-15.12.1920), a Polish Master.
Akiba Rubinstein (1882-15.03.1961), a Polish Grandmaster who lived the last part of his life in Belgium. Akiba was one of the best players of his time, but unfortunately, he was denied the opportunity to play for the world title.
Brian Patrick Reilly (1901-29.12.1991), an Irish Master, writer and magazine editor.
Charles Pelle, (1911-08.08.1965), a French composer.
Wolfgang Pietzsch (1930-28.12.1996), a German Grandmaster who was the Champion of the German Democratic Republic in 1960, 1962 and 1967.
Martin Mrva (1971), a Slovakian Grandmaster who was Slovakian Champion in 1989.
Zhao Jun (1986), a Chinese Grandmaster who was a member of the national team which won the Asian Team Championship in 2008.
Emanuel Schiffers (04.05.1850-1904), a Russian Master and chess writer who was the second leading Russian player after Mikhail Chigorin.
Leopold Trebitsch (1842-1906), an Austrian player and chess patron. After his death, the Wiener Schachklub organized a Memorial Tournament from 1907 until 1938.
Ilya Kan (04.05.1909-1978), a Soviet Master who contributed to the development of the Sicilian defence.
1098 First Crusade: Siege of Ma’arrat al-Numan: Crusaders breach the town’s walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they reportedly resort to cannibalism.
1787 Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first.
1800 Washington, D.C. established as capital of US.
1812 French invasion of Russia comes to an end.
1822 Mexico officially recognized as an independent nation by US.
1858 1st Canadian coins circulated (1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent & 20 cent)
1897 Belo Horizonte, the first planned city in Brazil, is founded.
1901 Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter “S” [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John’s, Newfoundland.
1911 Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India.
1915 President of the Republic of China, Yuan Shikai, announces his intention to reinstate the monarchy and proclaim himself Emperor of China.
1924 Spanish troops leave Morocco.
1925 The Majlis of Iran votes to crown Reza Khan as the new Shah of Iran, starting the Pahlavi dynasty.
1936 Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan.
1941 World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Bulgaria. Hungary and Romania declare war on the United States. India declares war on Japan.
1941 Adolf Hitler declares the imminent extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery.
1963 Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
1965 The Beatles’ last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales).
1968 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis.
1991 The Russian Federation gains independence from the USSR.
2000 The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore.
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