In Memoriam Print
Friday, 22 May 2009 07:23
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We mourn the passing of two great trainers, FIDE Senior Trainer & International Master Mikhail Podgaets at 62 years, on 14 May 2009, in Odessa, Ukraine, and Grandmaster Alexander Panchenko at 56 years in Kazan, Russia.

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Podgaets is best known as the trainer of World Champion Anatoly Karpov for 2 decades, assisted Alexander Beliavsky in his 1983 Candidates Match againbst Garry Kasparov, and who also helped the Ukrainian Olympic Woman team achieve a best ever silver medal in 1992.

A great coach who was also a theoretician, he also worked with the likes of Ponomarev and Topalov.

He was also a good player, especially in blitz, and his major achievement was winning the bronze medal at the USSR Championship in 1969.

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Panchenko, one of the all time greats, is the author of many important training manuals, the most well-known among too many to mention being the Theory and Practice of Endgames.

He was the leader of a famous school and amongst his students were Alisa Galliamova, Women World Championship Finalist, and of course too many Grandmasters to mention. In 1979 he became Champion of Russia.

 
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