Jacqueline Piatigorsky dies at 100

The death of Jacqueline Piatigorsky, after reaching a century, marks the passing of one of the twentieth century’s most influential chess figures. A member of the Rothschild banking family she married the cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky, in 1937. She played chess for the US in the 1957 Women’s Olympiad, taking a bronze medal, and played in several US Women’s Championships.

It was an organizer that she particularly shone, arranging the Fischer – Reshevsky match in 1961 and then the two great Piatigorsky Cup tournaments in 1963 and 1966 in which many of the World’s leading players took part. The tournament books of these two events are classics.

The following Bobby Fischer game, played at the second Piatigorsky Cup, is considered to be a classical example of how to play White in this line of the King’s Indian Attack. Fischer’s plan of 8.Nh4 followed by f2-f4 was new at the time: