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Horowitz, Israel Albert

Al Horowitz (1907-1973) was a chess publisher, author, promoter and International Master (1950).   He won or tied three U.S. Open titles (1936, 1938, 1943).  He was one of the founders of Chess Review magazine in 1932 and the author of more than 20 chess books.  In 1940 he survived a car crash that killed his chess partner, Harold Morton (1906-1940).  The two had been giving simultaneous chess exhibitions throughout the country.  On February 17, 1940, a truck collided with the car in which Morton was driving near Carroll, Iowa.  Morton, New England chess champion since 1929, was killed instantly and Horowitz had a brain concussion and other injuries.  In 1944, Horowitz made a spectacular move in a tournament in Kansas City.  His opponent literally dropped dead of a heart attack.  Horowitz was inducted in the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1989.

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