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Chess fans: Grandmaster Andor Lilienthal died May 8 in Budapest, the Hungarian Chess Federation announced. He was 99.

Not a chess fan? A grandmaster is just what it sounds like -- a title bestowed upon the best players by the international chess federation, which published its first list of 27 grandmasters in 1950. Mr. Lilienthal was the last survivor from that original top-notch group.

Mexican diver Joaquin Capilla, 81, who won four Olympic medals between 1948 and 1956, died May 8. And the legendary performer Lena Horne, who shattered Hollywood stereotypes of black women and sang "Stormy Weather" in an unforgettable silky voice, has died.

"Unlike Perry Como and Bing Crosby, who were warm, familiar presences, Lena Horne was a fierce black woman and not a warm and fuzzy presence," cabaret historian James Gavin told my colleague Adam Bernstein. "She was formidable and the first black cabaret star for white society."

By Emma Brown  |  May 10, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: andor lilienthal died, chess grandmaster died, joaquin capilla died, joaquin capilla dies, lena horne died, lena horne dies  
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