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The History and The Culture of Chess
March 08, 2004
Raymond Keene with the World chess Oscar
Jordi Puig, who established the Chess Oscars in 1967, died in 1989.
The exact history of this award is as murky as it's proceedure.
It's a seemingly pretigious prize, organized, at least at present, by the Russian magazine 64 which invites chess journalists, Grandmasters, and officials to submit their personal top 10 choices for player of the year. Some place else mentions that the recipient is decided by votes of the International Association of Chess Journalists.
It's unclear who is given the award. It seems it is given in several categories. It also seems that women and men are separate categories. For instance, the award is a statuette of a woman holding a canopy above her head but Judit Polgar's 1992 award was a plaque designed by artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.
The 1997 Oscar was given to Pal Benko and Judit Polgar as well as to Bobby Fischer for lifetime achievement.
Garry Kasparov won it a total of 12 times
One place said that Kasparov won it in 2003, 2002, 2001.
Another place said the 2001 World Chess Oscar went to Vladimir Kramnik.
Susan Polgar claims she won it in 1994 and 1995, but was this the "woman's version" or overall?
Karpov was awarded the Chess Oscar eleven times.
Fischer won the Chess Oscar for 1970, 1971, and 1972.
Boris Spassky handing Anand the Oscar
Viswanathan Anand won it in 1997 and 1998.
Boris Spassy also won a Chess Oscar.
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