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Swiderski, Rudolf

Rudolf Swiderski (1878-1909) was a German master who committed suicide in 1909 at the age of 31.    He took poison, then shot himself in Leipzig.  In 1904 he tied for 1st place with Frank Marshall at the Rice Gambit tournament in Monte Carlo.  He also tied for 1st place at Coburg, 1904, with Schlechter and von Bardeleben.  Marshall described him as the weirdest chess player he ever met.  Swiderski was the first to play the Maroczy Bind.  And he played it against Maroczy.   Maroczy then started playing it with good results, so the opening is named after him.

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