Chess grandmasterDied when: 89 years 3 days (1068 months)
Star Sign: Aries
Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov (Russian: Васи́лий Васи́льевич Смысло́в; 24 March 1921 – 27 March 2010) was a Soviet and Russian chess grandmaster, who was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958.
He was a Candidate for the World Chess Championship on eight occasions (1948, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1983, and 1985).Smyslov twice tied for first place at the Soviet Championships (1949, 1955), and his total of 17 Chess Olympiad medals won is an all-time record.
In five European Team Championships, Smyslov won ten gold medals.Smyslov remained active and successful in competitive chess well after the age of sixty.
Despite failing eyesight, he remained active in the occasional composition of chess problems and studies until shortly before his death in 2010.
Besides chess, he was an accomplished baritone singer.