Andor Lilienthal Dies aged 99

Andor Lilienthal Dies aged 99

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andor_lilienthal3.jpgThe world's oldest grandmaster, the legendary Hungarian GM Andor Lilienthal has died aged 99.

Lilienthal had a long and illustrious career, beating many world champions. Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik and Smyslov all fell victim to his brilliant play.

Born in Moscow, but brought up in Hungary, Lilienthal emigrated to the Soviet Union in 1935.  He played for Hungary and the Soviet Union at several Olympiads, and qualified for the Candidates Tournament in the 1948-51 cycle.

Lilienthal remained active in his later years and was often a guest of honour at chess competitions.

His most famous game was his 26-move queen sacrifice victory against the great Cuban champion, Capablanca.

Rest In Peace, Andor Lilienthal.

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