Chess in 1969
By Bill Wall
In 1969, the top
In November, 1969, Chess Review merged with Chess Life, to become Chess Life and Review.
In 1969 the chess Oscar went to Boris Spassky, who also won it in 1968.
In April, 1969, the first U.S. High School championship was
The world chess championship was held in
The world’s women championship was won by Nona Gaprindashvili, who defended her title.
1n 1969, Simon and Schuster published his My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer.
Andy Soltis won the 1969 U.S.
Intercollegiate championship. The Pan Am
Intercollegiate Championship was won by the
won the 1969 U.S. Amateur Championship, which was held in
Ken Rogoff won the 1969 U.S. Junior championship. Larry Day won the 1969 US Junior Open.
Pal Benko, Milan Vukcevich, and Arthur Bisguier
tied in the 1969 US Open, held in
In 1969, Sam Reshevsky won the 20th
In 1969, Gisela Gresser won the
In 1969, the top international players were Bobby Fischer (2720), Boris Spassky (2690), Viktor Korchnoi (2680), Mikhail Botvinnik (2660), Tigran Petrosian (2650), Bent Larsen (2630), Efim Geller (2620), Lajos Portisch (2620), Paul Keres (2610), and Lev Polugaevsky (2610).
In 1969, Ray Martin won the 5th American Open,
The 1969 All Postal Correspondence championship (APCT) was won by George Fawbush.
Army won the 1969 U.s. Armed Forces Championship. The individual winner was Army PFC Steven Hohensee.
The 1969 Women’s Olympiad was held in
Births of chess players in 1969 include Jeroen Piket (Jan 27), Ferdinand Hellers (Jan 28), Alexei Dreev (Jan 30), Vasily Ivanchuk (March 18), Susan Polgar (April 19), Gregory Serper (Sep 14), Viswanathan Anand (Dec 11).
Deaths included Alexander Tolush (March 3), Alexey Sokolsky (Dec 27), and Kurt Richter (Dec 29).
Other tournaments for 1969 included Amsterdam (won by Portisch), Atlantic
Open (won by Benko),
Australian championship (won by Walter Browne), Beverwijk (won by Botvinnik and Geller),
British Championship (won by Jonathan Penrose for the 10th
time), Busum (won by Robert Huebner), Canadian
Championship (won by Duncan Suttles and Vranesic),
Continental Open (won by Kavalek), Hastings 1969-70 (won by Portisch),
Ljubljana (won by Planinc), Malaga (won by Benko and Ivkov), Monaco (won by Smyslov and Portisch), Netanya (won by Reshevsky), Palma de Mallorca (won by Larsen), Raach (won by Uhlmann), San Juan (won by Spassky),
Skopje (won by Hort and Matulovic), Tallinn (won by Stein), 37th USSR Championship (won by Petrosian and Polugaevsky).