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Reshevsky, Samuel Hermanlocked

(26 November 1909–04 April 1992)
  • Elizabeth Zoe Vicary


Reshevsky, Samuel Herman (26 November 1909–04 April 1992), chess player, was born Samuel Herman Rzeszewski in Ozierkov, Poland, the son of Jacob Rzeszewski, a linen merchant, and Shaindel Eibeschitz. His year of birth is often incorrectly given as 1911, an inaccuracy brought about by Reshevsky’s parents’ desire to make their child seem even more extraordinary than he was. Often described as the most remarkable child prodigy in the history of chess, Reshevsky learned the game at age four and could play blindfolded by the age of eight. By age nine he was touring the capitals of Europe, giving simultaneous exhibitions in which he (as a master) took on many opponents. During one two-year period, he lost only eight of the 1,500 games he played....

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