Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Laszlo Witt

For just a brief moment, we direct our attention to Canadian chess. Or more correctly, to one of that country's past superstars - Laszlo Witt.

Born in Budapest, Hungary - Laszlo learnt the game at age 8. He represented Canada in the Olympiads of '64, '66 and '70. Among his many national achievements was a perfect sore of 9/9 at the 1962 Canadian Chess Open Championships. But perhaps his most famous achievement was beating the great Bobby Fischer in a blitz game.

Laszlo passed away last year on 27 December. He was age 72. More in this belated obituary from the Toronto Star.

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