The late great Yugoslavian/Serbian grandmaster Svetozar Gligoric (1923-2012) was not only one of the world's strongest players in the 1950s and 1960s, but a man whose life off the chessboard was interesting as well. It is therefore good to see that New in Chess is planning to release his autobiography in the coming year (HT: Brian Karen); my suspicion is that it will be a book well worth buying, especially if it places prose first and the games in second. (There are already good books on his games, such as his I Play Against Pieces.)
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In 1992, Bobby Fischer played a series of ten training games with his old friend, the late Yugoslav/Serbian grandmaster Svetozar Gligoric. Gligoric was nearly 70 then, but Fischer clearly felt that Gligoric would make a useful training partner for his forthcoming rematch with Boris Spassky. Fischer won at least three games, Gligoric at least one, and at least two of the games are available to the general public - or at least, two scoresheets are. Whether the attempts to decode Fischer's lousy handwriting are successful is another story!
Here's a nice reminiscence of the late great Svetozar Gligoric, by one of the many players of his country who grew up lionizing him.
(HT: Brian Karen)
I hope there will be many tributes to the great Yugoslav/Serbian grandmaster Svetozar Gligoric, who passed away last week at age of 89. He was one among the world's very best players for at least a couple of decades, and one mark of his greatness is that Garry Kasparov included a mini-chapter to him in volume three of the My Great Predecessors series. The nicest tribute I've seen so far comes from Kiril Penušliski, a young man who grew up in the former Yugoslavia with Gligoric as his hero. (This is part one; I'll keep you posted as subsequent parts are published.) Two of Gligoric's best games (with his own notes) are presented, and they are worth replaying, but one also gets a good sense of just how loved the man was by his countrymen. It's worth a look!
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.