The legendary Italian chess player IM Stefano Tatai passed away on 30th May in Tenerife, Spain.
Born in 1938, he became the National Master in 1958 and earned the prestigious title of International Master in 1966.
Tatai was 12-times Italian chess champion, which is a national record: 1962 in Forte dei Marmi, 1965 in Florence, 1967 in Savona, 1970 in Sottomarina di Chioggia, 1974 and 1977 in Castelvecchio Pascoli, 1979 in Venice, 1983 in Arco, 1985, 1990 and 1991 in Chianciano Terme, and 1994 in Reggio Emilia.
He represented Italy in nine Chess Olympiads: 1966 in Havana, 1970 in Siegen, 1972 in Skopje, 1974 in Nice, 1976 in Haifa, 1984 in Thessaloniki, 1986 in Dubai, 1988 in Thessaloniki, and 1992 in Manila.
He was also teaching chess, and his most notable student was famous Italian composer Ennio Morricone.
Condolences to his family and friends.