Tribute to GM Gyula Sax - Rest in Peace

GM Sax achieved the IM title in 1972 and the GM title in 1974 was the Hungarian Chess Champion in 1976 and 1977 (jointly) and was the European Junior Champion in 1971-72.

He achieved first places at Rovinj-Zagreb 1975, Vinkovci 1976, Las Palmas 1978 and Amsterdam 1979 and won the 1978 Canadian Open Chess Championship.

He was a tactical player. GM Sax lived in seclusion over the last two decades and no longer participated in world class events. He died on the 25th Jan 2014 of a heart attack at the age of 62.

gyula sax
Photo by Dijk, Hans van / Anefo

"In Memoriam GM Gyula Sax (1951-2014)
Gyula Sax was one of the greatest chess players of Hungary. He was the first GM who treated me as a fellow chess player when I was only 9 years old. He was ready to analyze positions with me, and shared ideas and by doing so he gave me a lot of self-confidence.

Later I met him in many different occasions, we played against each other, and played in the national team together. He was also an Olympic gold medalist and a fantastically energetic attacking player!"
- by Chess Grandmaster Judith Polgar -

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