The recent death of Svetozar Gligoric was a sad loss to the chess World. I never met him personally but he had many friends and admirers. A taste of his gentlemanly personality comes through in this video clip from the Master Game.
What can be learned from Gligoric? In my opinion a number of things. First of all he wrote some really good books, including his excellent work on the 1972 Fischer – Spassky encounter and his book of best games, I Play Against Pieces. And for the club player his workmanlike opening repertoire was an excellent model.
Gligoric played classical openings and worked to perfect his lines rather than chopping and changing. Today’s top players tend not to do this, using computers to prepare ‘on the fly’. But this is not a good approach for players who still need to develop their positional understanding and will struggle in openings that are forever new to them.
Here’s one of Gligoric’s best games, a masterpiece in his favorite King’s Indian against the former World Champion, Tigran Petrosian: