Tragic Loss of The Legendary Chess Player Jeremy Silman; Died at 69

Last Updated on September 22, 2023, 3:09 pm

Jeremy Silman, an American chess writer and International Master (IM), tragically passed away. After a protracted illness, Jeremy Silman was declared dead today, September 21, 2023, in Los Angeles, California.

Jeremy Silman Died
Jeremy Silman (Image via Facebook)

He passed away at 69 years old. Silman was a competent competitor. He was most renowned for being one of the greatest chess writers ever. The family has not released any further details regarding his death cause.

U.S. Chess confirmed his death through a Facebook post and wrote in the statement:

“IM Jeremy Silman passed away earlier this evening following a protracted illness, according to U.S. Chess. Despite being an outstanding Chess player, Silman will primarily remembered as one of the game’s most well-known creators. He was the real chess instructor in America. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, and friends. A complete obituary will be available in the coming days.”

His friends and admirers have mourned in loss and shock after hearing his death news. Our Prayers and Sympathies are with his family and community in this trying time. Silman’s funeral and burial services are unknown yet.

Know About IM Jeremy Silman?

Jeremy Silman was an American chess writer and International Master (IM). He was born on August 28, 1954, in Del Rio, Texas. He started playing chess in early childhood when he was only 12 years old.

He coached the U.S. junior national chess team and won the American Open, National Open, and U.S. Open. He earned the I.M. championship in 1988. In addition to articles for chess periodicals like Chess Life and New in Chess, Silman wrote over 35 books, most of which were about the game of chess but also casino gambling.

Some of his legendary books include:How to Reassess Your Chess,” “The Amateur’s Mind,” “Silman’s Complete Endgame Course,” and many more. He had left a remarkable mark on chess History with his literature of the field.

He also contributed a great deal of articles and puzzles to For The Teaching Company’s Great Courses series, Silman was the instructor in a video lesson on chess.

The 2001 Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Monk, and Malcolm in the Middle benefited from Silman’s chess expertise. However, Silman didn’t gain credit for the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone movies.

In the 1970s, Silman reportedly participated in the Haight-Ashbury scene. In the introduction to his Endgame Course and other chess players, Daniel King and Ronan Bennett mentioned referring to it in a 2007 newspaper column.

In his publications, Silman technique positions in light of the “imbalances” or differences that each job entails and urges players to make play decisions. In Silman’s opinion, an intelligent strategy emphasizes the advantageous imbalances in the situation.

According to Dana Mackenzie, the imbalances generally ranked from most important to least important. Silman’s legacy will always endure in the Chess world. Prayers for him; Rest in Peace, Jeremy Silman.


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