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Mieses, Jacques

Jacques Mieses (1865-1964) was born Jakob Mieses in Leipzig but he changed his name to sound more elegant.  He fled Germany just before World War II, after living in Germany for 73 years.  He became a naturalized British citizen in the 1940s.  He was the first British player to receive the Grandmaster title (1950).  When he was in his 84, Jacques played a game against the Dutch master, Van Forrest, who was 86.  It was a clock game between two players whose combined ages were 170 years.  After he had won, Mieses rose from the board and said, "Youth has been victorious."  He was still giving simultaneous displays in his mid 80s. 

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