SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Very sad news! Robert Byrne, born April 20,1928, passed away on Friday at his home in New York after suffering a long illness. Robert was a member of the so-called Collins kids which included Bobby Fischer and Bill Lombardy. Byrne became a grandmaster in 1963 and a world champion candidate in 1973–at age 45!
Byrne playing Fischer at the US championship 1958/59
I received the news of Byrne’s passing just this morning from Al Fichaud, and since I am presently in Barcelona–about to head back home in an hour–I can not write much more. HOWEVER, during the week I will dedicate various blog articles to him.
My most sincere condolences to his wife Maria and son Thomas.
Benko(left) and Byrne at the 1968 Lugano Olympiad