Svetozar Gligoric (1923-2012)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 11:47AM
Dennis Monokroussos in Svetozar Gligoric

News comes of the passing of one of the world's greatest players of the post-WWII era, the Yugoslav/Serbian GM Svetozar Gligoric. Gligoric won the Yugoslavian championship 12 times and was a world championship candidate on three occasions (1953, 1959 and 1968). He was a brilliant theoretician who made serious contributions to the Nimzo-Indian, the Sicilian and the King's Indian (in the latter an important variation is even named for him). He was also very well-liked, and helped serve as a go-between for Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer in the negotiations for their 1972 match.

He continued playing quite good chess until at least the 1990s, but had recently returned to his "first love", music, and in 2011 recorded a CD with such varied genres as jazz, blues, ballads and even rap(!). From all accounts he was a good guy, someone who gave more to the world than he took from it.

Rest in peace.

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