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Byrne, Donald

Donald Byrne (1930-1976) was the winner of the 1953 U.S. Open.  He was on three US Olympiad teams (1962, 1964, 1968).  In 1961, he was invited to Penn State University to coach the varsity chess tean, the first chess teaching coatch in the country.  He was an associate professor of English at Penn State University from 1961 to 1976.  Donald Byrne was the loser in the Game of the Century against Bobby Fischer in the 1956 U.S. Championship.  He was inducted in the US Chess Hall of Fame in 2003.  He became an International Master in 1962.   He died of lupus (diseas of the immune system) at the age of 45.  He was the younger brother of Robert Byrne.

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