Leonid Shamkovich

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Birthday
1, 1923
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Apr 22, 2005 (81)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
1, 1923
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Apr 22, 2005 (81)

About

Remembered best for winning a prestigious 1967 chess tournament in Sochi, Russia, this Grandmaster competed against such chess greats as Boris Spassky and Vladimir Simagin. He also published a book titled Sacrifice in Chess.

Before Fame

He tied for third place at the 1962 Moscow Chess Championship.

Trivia

His fans and fellow chess players nicknamed him "Prince."

Family Life

He grew up in a Jewish family in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. He left his native country in 1975 and lived in Canada and Israel before ultimately settling in the United States.

Associated With

At a high profile 1967 tournament, he and Nikolai Krogius tied for first place with several other renowned chess players.