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Flesch, Janos

In 1960, Janos Flesch (1933-1983) played 52 games simultaneously blindfolded in Budapest – a world record.  He won 31 games, lost 18 games, and drew 3 games in 12 hours of play.  During the simul, he was allowed to have the moves read to him when he asked for it.  The exhibition laster over 13 hours.  Her had three five-minute breaks during that period.  He became an International Master in 1963 and an Honorary Grandmaster in 1980.  While returning from the Kasparov-Korchnoi match in London to a chess tournament in Ramsgate, he became involved in a car accident.  He and his wife died in the crash.

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