Daniel Yanofsky was Canada’s first grandmaster. In 1939, just 14 years old, he played for Canada at the Buenos Aires Olympiad. Yanofsky was the sensation of the tournament, making the highest score on second board. In this game he unleashes a pretty rook sacrifice to win a game which was highly praised by World Champion Alexander Alekhine
Russian media report the death, aged 90, of Mark Taimanov, one of the foremost chess competitors of the Soviet era and a widely respected pianist whose personal friends included Shostakovich and Richter. Taimanov may be best remembered for losing 6-0 to Bobby Fischer in 1971, a drubbing that he immortalized in a best-selling book.
He had previously beaten six world champions, including Botvinnik, Spassky and Karpov.