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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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Ludvig Collijn (1878-04.10.1939), Swedish player, author and chairman of the Swedish Chess Federation from 1917 to 1939.
Jose Sanz Aguado (1907-14.12.1969), a Spanish Master who was Spanish Champion in 1943.
Isaak Linder (1920-01.11. 2015), a Russian chess historian and author of many books.
Gabriel Authier, 1922-22.09.1991), a French chess composer.
Lev Polugaevsky (1934-30.08.1995), French-Soviet Grandmaster born in Belarus. He was one of the strongest players in the world from the late 1960s until the early 1980s.
Jorgen Moller (1873-1944), a Danish chess master who was twice a Nordic Champion (1899 and 1901).
Algimantas Butnorius (1946), Monaco Grandmaster born in Lithuania who was the 2007 World Senior Champion.
Ye Jiangchuan (1960), a Chinese Grandmaster and successful coach. He became the first ever Chinese player to cross the 2600 elo rating mark
Andrei Kharlov (1968-15.06.2014), was a Russian Grandmaster.
Darius Zagorskis (1969), a Lithuanian Grandmaster.
Amir Bagheri (1978), an Iranian Grandmaster who was living for some time in France.
Allan Stig Rasmussen (1983), a Danish Grandmaster.
Marc T Arnold (1992), an American Grandmaster.
Fuji Matsumoto (1933-2003), a Japanese player who promote chess in Japan in the 1960’s and was President of the Japanese CF for few decades. FIDE officer.
1952 Ms. Elisaveta Bykova (USSR) won the Women’s Candidates Tournament with 11½/15 and qualified for the Women World Championship Match.
1966 In Cuba, without Botvinnik, Smyslov and Keres but with Spassky, Tal and Korchnoi, USSR won the 17th Olympiad by a landslide 39½/52.
2010 In Arco Italy, Khmiadashvili Tamar from Georgia and Anatoly Vaisser from France became the World Senior Champions.
1789 New Jersey becomes the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
1805 Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio premieres in Vienna.
1945 Nuremberg trials: Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg.
1947 Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who becomes the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London.
1952 Slánský trials: A series of Stalinist and anti-Semitic show trials in Czechoslovakia.
1959 United Nations General Assembly adopts the Declaration of the Rights of the Child; annual anniversary observed as Universal Children’s Day.
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.
1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement.
1979 Grand Mosque seizure: About 200 Sunni Muslims revolt in Saudi Arabia at the site of the Kaaba in Mecca during the pilgrimage and take about 6000 hostages. The Saudi government receives help from Pakistani special forces to put down the uprising.
1985 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.
1992 In England, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage.
1994 The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war. (Localized fighting resumes the next year.)
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