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Kholmov, Ratmir

Ratmir Dmitrievich Kholmov (1925-2006), was a Soviet Grandmaster (1960) and Lithuanian champion 10 times.  He was once suspended for a year from tournament play because of conduct unbecoming a chess master (excessive drinking).  His nickname by Soviet players was Central Defender.   He tied for 1st place, with Spassky and Stein (who won the playoff) in the 1963 USSR Chess Championship.   He was never allowed to play in Western Europe, the USA, or Canada for political reasons.  He played in 16 Soviet Championships.

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