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Michael Basman, Chess Master Known for ‘Bad’ Openings, Dies at 76

English international chess master who was known for playing some of the most irregular and least respected openings — often with success — has died at 76. Antranig Basman(Son)said the cause of detah was pancreatic cancer. Mr. Basman had notable individual results. He drew against the ex-world champion Mikhail Botvinnik during the annual tournament during Christmas and New Year’s in Hastings, England, in 1966-67, and against Mikhail Tal, another ex-champion, during the 1973-74 Hastings competition. He also nearly defeated Vasily Smyslov, yet another former champion, during the biannual Chess Olympiad of 1968. .

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