George Koltanowski, a chess grandmaster who credited the game with saving him from the Holocaust, died at 96. Koltanowski, whose daily column ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for 52 years without interruption, was in Central America on a chess tour when the Nazis overran his native Belgium. He was a master of blindfold chess, in which a player does not look at the board but hears an opponent’s move aloud.
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