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Chess Grandmaster Robert Byrne Of Ossining Dies At 84

OSSINING, N.Y. – Robert Byrne, an international grandmaster and U.S. chess champion, died Friday at his home in Ossining after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.  He was 84.

Robert Eugene Byrne was born in Brooklyn on April 20, 1928.  He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School  and Yale, and earned a master’s degree from Indiana University.

Byrne was the chess columnist for The New York Times, where he analyzed top-flight matches from 1972 to 2006.

Byrne was a philosophy professor at Indiana University through most of the 1950s.  It wasn’t until he was in his 40s that he become a full-time chess player.  He turned professional in the 1960s.

Memorial visitation will be held at noon on Saturday at Dorsey Funeral Home , 14 Emwilton Place, Ossining.  A memorial service will be at 1 p.m.

For more about Byrne, see his obituary in the New York Times .

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