Yuri Averbakh is the world’s oldest living chess Grandmaster–also, the first and only Grandmaster ever to reach 100 years old!
Averbakh at the match USA vs. USSR, New York City, 1954
Yuri Lvovich Averbakh is a Russian chess Grandmaster and author.
Averbakh joined the Moscow Chess Club, which was located in the basement of the Ministry of Justice. Averbakh made steady progress and in 1938 won the Under-16 Soviet Championship. Then, in 1949, 1950 and 1962 Averbakh won the Moscow Championship
In retirement, Yuri was chairman of the USSR Chess Federation from 1973 to 1978. He is the first FIDE Grandmaster to reach 100 years.
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