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Golombek, Harry

Harry Golombek (1911-1995) was three-times British Champion (1947, 1949, and 1955).  He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) in 1966 for his services to the game of chess, the first one so honored.   He was a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II.  He represented England in 9 Olympiads.  He officiated 6 World Championship matches.  He was awarded the International Master title in 1951 and International Judge in 1954.  He was made an honorary Grandmaster in 1985.  He was the first British player to qualify for an Interzonal.

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