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Today in Chess History: Aug 2

  • #1

    Aug 2, 1853: John Hall was born in Brighton, England.

    Aug 2, 1879: Carlo Borgatti, Italian composer, was born in Ferrara, Italy.

    Aug 2, 1904: Armando Siveri was born in Zanetta di Sailetto, Italy.

    Aug 2, 1923: Alfred Emil Wolf died, Austria.

    Aug 2, 1927: Andreas Duckstein was born in Budapest, Hungary.

    Aug 2, 1941: Yakov Murey was born in Moskva, Russia.

    Aug 2, 1962: Georg Siegel was born, Germany.

    Aug 2, 1971: Vladimir Belikov was born, Russia.

    Aug 2, 1981: Johann Breuer, German composer, died in Reichshof, Germany

    Aug 2, 1981: Maral Ovezova was born, Turkmenistan.


  • #2

    Andreas Dückstein (born 2 August 1927, Budapest) an Austrian chess master.

    Born in Hungary, he left for Austria at the age of 22. Dückstein was thrice Austrian Champion (1954, 1956, 1977).

    He tied for 11-13th at Zagreb 1955 (Vassily Smyslov won), took 14th at Wageningen 1957 (zonal, László Szabó won), took 5th at Hastings 1958/59 (Wolfgang Uhlmann won), shared 2nd at Berg en Dal (zonal, Friðrik Ólafsson won), tied for 4-6th at Vienna 1961 (Yuri Averbakhwon), took 3rd at Amsterdam 1964 (IBM, Bent Larsen won), took 4th at Palma de Mallorca 1965. 

    He played for Austria in several Chess Olympiads:

    • In 1956, at second board in 12th Chess Olympiad in Moscow (+11 –2 =4);
    • In 1958, at first board in 13th Chess Olympiad in Munich (+6 –5 =8);
    • In 1962, at second board in 15th Chess Olympiad in Varna (+2 –6 =2);
    • In 1964, at first board in 16th Chess Olympiad in Tel Aviv (+8 –5 =3);
    • In 1968, at first board in 18th Chess Olympiad in Lugano (+5 –2 =5);
    • In 1970, at first board in 19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen (+4 –2 =6);
    • In 1974, at second board in 21st Chess Olympiad in Nice (+8 –0 =4);
    • In 1976, at second board in 22nd Chess Olympiad in Haifa (+5 –4 =1);
    • In 1988, at second reserve board in 28th Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki (+2 –2 =3).

    He won two individual gold medals, at Moscow 1956 and at Nice 1974.

    Awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1956.


  • #3

    Jacob (Yacov, Yakov, Yaacov) Murey (Murrey) (born 2 August 1941, Moscow) is a Russian–born Israeli chess grandmaster (GM).

    As of April 2007, his Elo rating was 2433, making him the # 39 player in Israel and the 1449th-highest rated player in the world. His peak rating was 2560 in 1989.

    In 1961, Murey tied for 6-7th in Moscow (USSR-ch students). In 1963, he took 12th in Moscow-ch. In 1965, he tied for 7-8th in Moscow (Central Chess Club-ch; Vladimir Liberzon won). In 1966, he tied for 1st with Nikitin in Moscow. In 1967, he tied for 4-7th in Moscow-ch. In 1967, he tied for 41-57th in Kharkov (35th USSR Championship; Lev Polugaevsky and Mikhail Tal won). In 1969, he took 10th in Moscow-ch (Igor Zaitsev won). In 1969, he took 15th in Voronezh (URS-ch sf). In 1970, he tied for 15-16th in Moscow-ch. In 1972, he tied for 6-8th in Sukhumi. In 1974, he tied for 5-7th in Tula. In 1975, he tied for 4-7th in Yalta.

    Murey emigrated to Israel in 1977. He later settled in France.

    In 1978, he was one of Viktor Korchnoi’s seconds in Baguio during a match for the World Chess Championship against Anatoly Karpov.

    In 1979, he tied for 1st-2nd with Balshan in Ramat Hasharon. In 1980, he took 2nd in Beer Sheva. In 1980, he took 2nd in Ramat Hasharon. In 1982, he won in Randers (zonal, group B). In 1982, he took 7th in Moscow (interzonal; Garry Kasparov won).

    Murey played for Israel in three Chess Olympiads.

    • In 1980, at fourth board in 24th Chess Olympiad in La Valletta (+6 –4 =1);
    • In 1982, at second board in 25th Chess Olympiad in Lucerne (+6 –4 =3);
    • In 1984, at first reserve board in 26th Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki (+2 –2 =3).

    In 1982/83, he tied for 3rd-4th in Hastings (Rafael Vaganian won). In 1983, he tied for 3rd-4th in Netanya (Miguel Quinteros won). In 1987, he tied for 2nd in Marseille. In 1987, he won in Seville. In 1988, he tied for 2nd-3rd with Zsuzsa Polgar, behind Korchnoi, in Royan. In 1997, he tied for 3-8th in Winnipeg (Julian Hodgson won).

    Murey won 1st European Senior Championship at Saint Vicent 2001. He tied for 2nd-4th in 3rd Senior EU-ch 2003 (Sinisa Joksic won), and for 2nd-6th in 5th Senior EU-ch 2005 (Mark Tseitlin won). He also played for Israel in 1st World Senior Team Championship at Isle of Man 2004. He won gold team medal and was equal 1st with Wolfgang Uhlmann on first board there.

    Murey was awarded the International Master of Correspondence Chess title in 1970, the International Master (IM) title in 1980, and the GM title in 1987.



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