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Addison, William Grady

William Grady Addison, born Nov 28, 1933, is considered the best Go player among chess masters.   He was born in Baton Rouge, came to San Francisco in the 1950s, and was the area’s strongest player for 20 years.  He became an International Master in 1967.  In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was the Director of the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club in San Francisco. In 1969-70, he took 2nd place in the 20th U.S. Chess Championship (1/2 point behind Reshevsky and ahead of Benko, Lombardy, etc.) and qualified to play in the Interzonal.  He competed in the 1970 Interzonal in Palma de Mallorca, taking 18th place, and then gave up chess to work for the Bank of America in San Francisco.  He played in five U.S. championships.  His highest rating was 2595.  He died on Oct 29, 2008.

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