Andrew Soltis

[Andrew Soltis] Introduction

Andrew Eden Soltis (born May 28, 1947) is an American chess grandmaster, author and columnist. He was inducted into the United States Chess Hall of Fame in September 2011.

[Andrew Soltis] Chess career

Andrew Soltis gained an interest in chess at age 10 when he came across a 'how-to-play' book in his local public library in Queens, New York. He joined a local chess club two years later and competed in his first tournament, the 1961 New York City Junior Championship. Over the course of his career he competed in four US (closed) Championships and won the Marshall Chess Club's championship a record nine times. He also represented the US in the World Student Team Championship and was awarded International Master and Grandmaster titles in 1972 and 1980 respectively.

In his long and successful career as a competitive chess player, Soltis was also distinguished as a prolific chess writer. He wrote a weekly chess column for the New York Post and a monthly chess column in Chess Life Magazine since 1979. His books have been translated into multiple languages and have been awarded a number of accolades, including the British Chess Federation award for Frank Marshall, United States Champion and Chess Journalists of America's Book of the Year for his work Mikhail Botvinnik: The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion. Soltis is also credited with naming several chess openings and pawn structures, such as the Nimzo-Larsen Attack and the Marco Hop respectively. He officially retired from the New York Post in 2014 but continues to write his weekly chess column.

[Andrew Soltis] Personal life

Andrew Soltis graduated from City College of New York in 1969. He has been married to Marcy Soltis, a fellow journalist and tournament chess player, since 1981.

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