He turned 100 in February.

Yuri Averbakh received the title of grandmaster in 1952. He devoted most of his life to the study, development and promotion of chess. Wrote many scientific works on chess, including the first ever endgame encyclopedia. Variations in several openings are named after him.

Yuri Lvovich Averbakh worked as the editor-in-chief of the magazines Chess Moscow, Chess in the USSR, and Chess Bulletin. For twenty years he hosted the TV program “Chess School” on the Central Television of the USSR.

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