In his largely entertaining and insightful book, Grandmasters of Chess Pulitzer prize winner and music critic/chess correspondent for the New York Times, Harold C Schonberg, tells us about the origin of the word grandmaster.
The title was formally conferred in Russia in 1914, at the great St Petersburg chess tournament by Tsar Nicholas 11. He named the five finalists of the St Petersburg tournament—Emanuel Lasker, Jose Raul Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Siegbert Tarrasch and Frank Marshall—grandmasters of chess. ….
The most accurate chess thinkers worldwide, the most prolific grandmasters in the world, 128 of them, began the 2017 FIDE World Cup with solid hopes of taking one of the two qualifying spots for next year’s Candidates Tournament.
You explain deep mysteries, because even the dark is light to you. – Daniel: 2:22 It was 45 years ago, that American Bobby Fischer, challenged Boris Spassky of the then Soviet Union, for the world chess championship title; today that story is still being repeated, analyzed and debated.
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