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David S. Goodman

Born: Feb 25, 1958

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United Kingdom

David S. Goodman

Date of Birth : Feb 25, 1958
Birth Place : United Kingdom

David Simon Charles Goodman is an International Master of chess, and a chess writer. Awarded the IM title in 1983, he won the World Youth Chess Championship in 1975. He played #10 on the English national team in Moscow in 1977. The following year he was part of the five-man English team that won the World Under-26 Team Championship in Mexico City. He was a reporter and editor for AP before becoming a full-time chess teacher in New York City in 2002. He started his career as a stringer reporting on international chess tournaments for AP, before joining the company as a full-time newsman in 1990. Goodman was educated at Latymer Upper School in London and at Keble College, Oxford. He has a BA and honorary MA from Oxford in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Goodman became known for helping to break the news that Soviet Defense Minister Dmitriy Ustinov was dead. The 1984–1985 Kasparov-Karpov World Championship was played in Moscow's Hall of Columns where the bodies of Soviet leaders used to lie in state. After a series of unusual timeouts at the match, Goodman was able to establish through his chess contacts that Ustinov had died.


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