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World’s Foremost Checkers Champ Dies

Sat., April 8, 1995

Marion Tinsley, the perennial world checkers champion who was widely regarded as the best player the world has known, died Monday, five years after he ran out of worthy human opponents and had to win his last titles by beating evermore powerful computers.

Tinsley, 68, died of cancer on a visit to the home of his twin sister, Mary Clark, in Humble, Texas, relatives said.

Tinsley, a retired Florida State mathematics professor who first won the world championship in 1955, abandoned his world title last August because of illness.

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