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Robert Byrne, Chess Grandmaster, Dies at 84
The New York Times ^
| April 13, 2013
| Bruce Weber
Posted on 04/14/2013 10:07:55 AM PDT by EveningStar
Robert Byrne, an international grandmaster and United States chess champion who, as the chess columnist for The New York Times, analyzed top-flight matches from 1972 through 2006, the eras of Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov, died on Friday at his home in Ossining, N.Y. He was 84.
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: chess; grandmaster; obituary; robertbyrne
posted on 04/14/2013 10:08:21 AM PDT
("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
Nature makes way for the 9-year old Grand Master who is the New, New Thing. ;)
posted on 04/14/2013 10:10:58 AM PDT
by Diana in Wisconsin
(I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
RIP. Robert Byrne was a great player and a great figure in American chess history. He might be most famous for that 1964 loss to Bobby Fischer, but he was also one of the few analysts who properly understood and explained Fischer’s play during that era.
posted on 04/14/2013 10:14:00 AM PDT
by Mr. Jeeves
At 84, he was well into the endgame
posted on 04/14/2013 10:40:38 AM PDT
(RIP en passant.)
Where have all the chess stories gone? Chess another causality of the modern electronic era.
posted on 04/14/2013 10:44:44 AM PDT
(What does it matter now!!)
I played it in my youth, fifty years ago. I bought books, etc, then life got in the way. When I came back to take a look at it, the notation had changed. I play pool now.
posted on 04/14/2013 10:57:22 AM PDT
I have a few of his books. One he did on the endgame will always be a classic, never surpassed because it is definitive.
posted on 04/14/2013 11:30:03 AM PDT
(Being deceived can be cured.)
Chess always help my pool playing. You have to think at least 4 or 5 steps ahead to be good. ;^)
posted on 04/14/2013 1:26:23 PM PDT
(What does it matter now!!)
posted on 04/14/2013 2:28:45 PM PDT
Chess is alive and well in cyberspace my friend. We are but a few days from the Magnus Carlsen - Viswanathan Anand world championship match, which is destined to be epic, IMHO. For one thing, this is the first World Chess Championship that did not feature a Russian, or someone who was born in the old Soviet Union. Compelling stuff. Check it out (pun, shamelessly intended).
posted on 10/24/2013 6:52:05 PM PDT
The first world championship in about ninety years without a Russian (or more correctly, Soviet) I meant to say.
posted on 10/24/2013 6:54:31 PM PDT
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