Samuel Reshevsky Biography
Birthday: November 26, 1911 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Ozorków, Poland
Samuel Reshevsky was a Polish-American chess grandmaster. He was also an accomplished writer on chess and chess-related topics and a professional accountant. He was a chess prodigy and having discovered his talents early in life, his parents took him to America to exhibit his skills. He defeated many accomplished players in his childhood but took a temporary break to complete his education. After graduation, he started competing at a professional level whilst holding down his accountant’s job. Throughout his illustrious career, he participated in competitions across the world, defeated seven world champions, including Bobby Fischer, and became an international grandmaster too. He won the ‘U.S. Chess Championship’ eight times and continued to play well into his 70s. He is remembered for his durability as a player as well as his outstanding tactics and positional gameplay. But he was also notoriously slow in playing his opening moves, a trait that cost him a lot of time in crucial games but also unsettled his opponents. Many believe that it was this flaw that cost him his world championship title.