American GM Robert Eugene Byrne passed away on 12 April 2013 at the age of 84.
Robert Byrne was born on 12 April 1928. He became an International Grandmaster in 1964. He was the winner of the U. S. Open Chess Championship in 1960, 1964 and 1972, Byrne took the silver medal on 3rd board at the Olympiad in Leipzig. He played 9 times at the World Chess Olympiads as a member of the U.S. team.
The highlight of his career was the 3rd place at the Leningrad Interzonal in 1973, with 12.5/17, which made him the 4th American (after Samuel Reshevsky, Bobby Fischer, and Pal Benko) to qualify for the Candidates Tournament.
Apart from chess Robert Byrne was a Philosophy Professor at Indiana University and from 1973 until 2006, he edited the New York Times chess column with distinction.