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Zoltan Sarosy
Zoltan Sarosy
Birth: 23 August 1906
Budapest, Hungary
Death: 19 June 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Age: 110 years, 300 days
Country: HungaryHUNCanadaCAN

Zoltan Sarosy [Hungarian: Sárosy Zoltán] (23 August 1906 – 19 June 2017) was a Hungarian-Canadian supercentenarian and chess master.


Sarosy won chess tournaments in several cities in Hungary including Nagykanizsa (1929), Pecs (1932), and Budapest (1934). During World War II, he won the Hungarian Master Candidates Tournament at Diosgyor 1943. After the war, following a period in a refugee camp in West Germany, he moved to France in 1948. He drew a training match (2–2) with Alsace Champion Henri Sapin in 1950 and then emigrated to Canada, settling in Toronto. In Toronto he took up correspondence chess. He was thrice Canadian Correspondence Champion (1967, 1972, 1981), and was awarded the IMC title in 1988. In 2006 he was inducted into the Canadian Chess Hall of Fame.[1][2]

Sarosy was still actively playing chess at the age of 108.[3] He was mentioned in the 2015 edition of Guinness World Records as the oldest chess player. He died on 19 June 2017 at the age of 110 years, 300 days.[4] At the time of his death he was believed to be Canada's oldest man and the oldest living person notable for reasons other than age alone.



  1. Canadian Chess Hall of Fame Inductee 2006,; accessed May 26, 2014.
  2. Bottlik, Ivan, "Zoltan Sarosy: the oldest sportsman in the world?", Chess Vol. 71 September 24–25, 2006
  3. "Dust settles. People shouldn't.". Staff. Human Unlimited. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  4. Facebook
    Zoltan Sarosy, Chess Master, passes at 110 Chess News


  • Berry, Jonathan, "Chess", The Globe and Mail, December 30, 2006, pg. R17
  • Berry, J. "Chess", The Globe and Mail, September 16, 2006, pg. R25
  • Berry, J. "Chess", The Globe and Mail, April 14, 2007, pg. R25
  • Chess master Guinness World Records, 2015

Canada's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Joseph Saint-Amour • Unknown • Eli LindsayStuart Bott • Unknown • John JamiesonWilliam HeronGeorge IvesChester Pushie • Arthur NashTokusuke OyakawaTheodore RemfertJames GrantRomeo TremblayRaphael CreeJohn GardMontague Little • Lazare GionetNicholas SalamisHarold DunichandErnest MacPhersonWilliam Thomas • Leon RobitailleJohannes MarkussonDavid WienerSam Baker • Joseph Ernest Poupart • Zoltan Sarosy • Robert Wiener • Ja Hyung Lee

World’s Oldest Living Notable People for Reasons Other than Age (VE)

Leila Denmark • Unknown • Amelia Robinson • Juliana Koo • Zoltan SarosyElza BrandeiszQin HanzhangRuth ApiladoStanislaw Kowalski