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Old July 2nd 08, 05:17 PM posted to rec.games.chess.politics,rec.games.chess.misc,alt.chess,soc.culture.baltics
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Default Israel Zilber

Israel Zilber is famous for winning the chess championship of Latvia
in 1958, for beating future World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal in a
tournament game and for playing Josh Waitzkin in Washington Square
Park in the book and movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer".

Every assumes that Zilber must be dead since he has not been seen
since the late 1980s.

I just did a search and Zilber is not listed in the Social Security
Death Index, unless his chess biographies have his birth year of 1933
wrong. I think that it is quite likely that he is still alive, but
just locked up in a lunatic asylum somewhere.

Does anybody know? Can we resurrect him and bring him in as an unrated
player for the World Open?

Sam Sloan
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