Farewell to an epoch. The oldest Kazakh master passes away


Kazakh chess has suffered an irreplaceable loss - in the 81st year of his life, after a long and difficut illness, BORIS NIKOLAEVICH KATALYMOV, the oldest master of the republic, numerous times national champion and Honoured Trainer of the USSR, has died. After moving to Kazakhstan at the end of the 1950s, Boris did an enormous amount for the development and establishment of chess in the republic. His sporting career spanned many years: in the 1950s and 60s, the then young player sparred with the old guard, such as Ufimtsev, and in the 70s and 80s with Mukhin, Vladimirov, Rashkovsky, and Temirbaev, and in the 1990s, he gave the benefit of his enormous experience to representatives of the young generation - Tkachiev, Kotsur, Sadvakasov and Kazhgaleev. From the end of the 1990s and start of 2000s, he played successfully in the World Seniors Championship, winning the silver medal in 1996. 

He also achieved great successes as a trainer. His pupils won republic and international tournaments, and played for the Kazakh team. The number of highly qualified players he produced runs into three figures. In later years, teaching became harder for him, but his characteristic voice could be heard in the offices of Almaty chess, practically up until the very end...  

Kazakh chess will always retain in its hearts a fond memory of a fine player, administrator and exceptional coach and trainer. .