Yuri Averbakh was one of the leading Soviet grandmasters for two decades, competing in the USSR Championship 15 times between 1949 and 1969. He finished in 10th place in the famous Zurich Candidates’ tournament of 1953.
I’ve have known Yuri since 1981 and he has always been so kind to me. I grew up learning so much from his incredible endgame book series.
Happy Birthday to the chess legend Yuri Averbakh!