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Chess grandmaster Andor Lilienthal dies


May 11, 2010 | 11:34 am

Chess grandmaster Andor Lilienthal has died in Budapest at the age of 99.

The Hungarian Chess Federation said Lilienthal, who was the oldest living grandmaster—a title awarded to the world’s top players by the International Chess Federation—died Saturday following a long illness.

Lilienthal, the son of Hungarian Jewish parents, competed against many of the world’s leading chess players. In 1950 he was included on the International Chess Federation’s first list of grandmasters.

Born in Moscow, Lilienthal moved to Budapest as a child before returning to Moscow in 1935 and becoming a Soviet citizen. He moved back to Budapest in 1976.

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