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Smith, Ken

Ken Smith (1930-1999) was a Texas master who founded Chess Digest in 1962.  In 1954 he won the British Open and the British Blitz Championship while stationed in England as an Air Force enlisted man.  He was not given a prize because he was not British.   In 1983 while playing in the National  Open in Las Vegas, Ken Smith won $140,000 at a poker tournament.  He once took 2nd place in the World Championship of Poker.  He had won the Texas Championship 8 times, the Southwest Championship 7 times, the Southern Open 4 times, the Mexican Championship once, and the British Open once.  He had written nine books and 49 articles on the Smith-Morra Gambit, 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 (including Smith-Morra Accepted and Smith Morra Declined by Ken Smith and Bill Wall).

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