Sunday, 22 July 2012

Jacqueline Piatigorsky

Jacqueline Piatigorsky, famous in chess circles for her organisation of the Piatigorsky Cup's, has passed away at the age of 100. Along with the two Piatigorsky tournaments in the 1960's she also sponsored a match between Bobby Fischer and Sammy Reshevsky, which ended with a walk out by Fischer over a scheduling change.
While primarily known as a chess sponsor, she was also a strong player herself, representing the US in the Women's Olympiad in 1957, where she scored a bronze medal on board 2.
Later in life she played Seniors Tennis, winning tournaments into her 70's.
The USCF has an obituary here (mainly focusing on chess,), while a more general obituary from the LA Times is here.

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