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The Year 2003 in Review

The 13-round World Junior Championships (under-20) took place June/July in Azerbaijan, with participants from 29 countries. GM Shakhriyaz Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan took 1st in the men's event with 10.0, a half-point ahead of GM Sergei Azarov of Belarus. IM Alexander Zubov of the Ukraine won the bronze medal. Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia, won the 11-round women's event with 9.5, two points ahead of Cristina Calotescu of Romania who took the silver medal from Zeinab Mamedjarova of Azerbaijan on tie-break.

At the World Youth Chess Championships 2003, held October/November in, Halkidiki, Greece, Mamedyarov and Dzagnidze won 1st place in their respective under-18 sections.

The 13th World Championship for Seniors was held November in Bad Zwischenahn. IM Yuri Shabanov of Russia won the 11-round Swiss system on tie-break with 9 points over previous winner GM Janis Klovans and IM Vladimir Bukal of Latvia. WGM Tamara Khmiadashvili of Georgia won the 9-round women's event on tie-break with 7.5 over WGM Marta Litinskaja of the Ukraine.

The year also saw the disappearance of some well known international figures. Dr. Lim Kok Ann (1920-2003) of Singapore, former FIDE Secretary-General (1982-1988), died in March.

Czech GM Ludek Pachman (1924-2003) died in March in Germany. He was many-time champion of Czechoslovakia, a frequent participant in FIDE Interzonals, and author of many books.

Milan Vukcevich (1937-2003), born in Belgrade, died in May in Cleveland, Ohio. A strong player in his youth, he settled in the United States, played only sporadically, and became a noted composer of chess problems, earning the FIDE title International Grandmaster of Chess Composition.

World-class chess historian Kenneth Whyld (1926-2003) died in July. Together with David Hooper he co-authored the The Oxford Companion to Chess, a standard reference for chess history.

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