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The charis­matic Rus­sian grand­mas­ter, Ed­uard Gufeld (1936-2002) is re­mem­bered as an en­ter­tain­ing au­thor and lec­turer who had an in­or­di­nately busy travel sched­ule-one week he would be in China, the next in Fin­land. Af­ter the fall of the Soviet Union he em­i­grated to Amer­ica where he con­tin­ued to turnout chess books at a prodi­gious rate-his more than one hun­dred pub­li­ca­tions have made 3,5 mil­lion sales world­wide. He used to say to those who laughed at his English: “I think that my English is bet­ter than your Rus­sian!” Gufeld was part of the ar­mada of Soviet GMs that dom­i­nated world chess, and while not quite in the same class as his con­tem­po­raries: Tal, Spassky, and Stein, he qual­i­fied six times for the Soviet championship be­tween 1959 and 1966- a most for­mi­da­ble feat. Gufeld con­sid­ered the fol­low­ing to be his ‘Im­mor­tal Game’ of which he wrote: “If there is a chess ge­nius in me, it awoke on the very evening I was play­ing Vladimir Ba­girov. To my re­gret I turned out to be a ge­nius for just one evening; I was never again to play a game in such a grand man­ner. I am not a Fis­cher or a Kas­parov, whose ge­nius never sleeps, but for just one sin­gle evening, I thank fate! Ba­girov,V - Gufeld,E [E84] It Kirov­abad RUS, 1973

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