♘  "It is much easier to operate offensively than to maneuver defensively, but it is far more easy to operate defensively than to maneuver offensively." -Franklin
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♔ WCC Biographies ♔

For several decades now most of the regular tournaments held at the Wachusett Chess Club have been named in honor of memorable individuals both living & deceased. Many of these individuals had been long standing members of the WCC &/or significant contributors to the greater chess community. Most are chess players who share a direct connection of one type or another to the WCC.

This section will consist of a collection of biographies, photos, & other related material organized in such a way as to permit easy access to the information which may then provide historical context of many notable personalities & celebrities in the local, national & international chess scene. While they may no longer be with us, they have created an enduring legacy of persistence, camaraderie & chess culture that has continued to thrive at the Wachusett Chess Club for over half a century.

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IM William G. Addison

(November 28, 1933 - October 29, 2008)

IM William Addison

Addison made a surprise visit to Massachusetts in 1964, when he competed in the 4th Central New England Open tournament on June 27-28 in Fitchburg. He won the 82-player event, finishing ahead of fellow masters Shelby Lyman of New York City, Edgar McCormick of East Orange, NJ, Yugoslav native Milan Vukcevich of Ohio, and the "Dean of New England Chess," John Curdo of Chelmsford, MA. Three years later, Addison was awarded the International Master title by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Many considered him of grandmaster strength at his peak. His last published FIDE rating was 2490, while his peak USCF rating was 2595.

William (Bill) Grady Addison (November 28, 1933 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - October 29, 2008 in San Francisco) was an American chess International Master (1967). He played in the U.S. Chess Championships of 1962-63, 1963-64, 1965, 1966, and 1969. He took second place with 7.5/11 behind Samuel Reshevsky in the 1969 US Championship and qualified for the 1970 Interzonal at Palma de Mallorca, where he finished 18th. He represented the United States in the Chess Olympiads of 1964 and 1966 (team silver medal). His last published FIDE Elo rating was 2490 and his USCF rating was 2595.

From 1965 to 1969 he was director of the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club.

Notable games:

  • William G Addison vs Samuel Herman Reshevsky (1962) U.S. Championship, New York, 1962 1-0
  • William G Addison vs Donald Byrne (1963) US Championship 1963, King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60), 1-0
  • William G Addison vs Robert James Fischer (1965) New York ch-US 1965, Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Bronstein (Byrne) Variation (E45), 1/2-1/2
  • Robert James Fischer vs William G Addison (1966) New York ch-US 1966, Spanish Game: Open Variations (C80), 1/2-1/2
  • William G Addison vs Svetozar Gligoric (1970) Palma De Mallorca Interzonal 1-0

From: USChess.org, November 11, 2008 by Jennifer Shahade
William Addison, 1933-2008

IM John Donaldson with William Addison in 2007

International Master William G. Addison passed away on October 29, 2008. The following remembrances show that he will be sorely missed.

According to Chess Personalia, which I so kindly received from Walter Shipman many years ago, William Grady Addison was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on November 28th 1933. He always seemed in my mind so young in spirit that I always assumed he was younger than I. I was sad that a Chess Master of such remarkable skills had so abruptly ceased playing the game. But being a man of high integrity, he surely did much good in the life he chose. I am most sad at the announcement of his death. Everyone who knew the gentleman needed to see him if but one more time. He was born in the Depression at the start of the Roosevelt Era and lived to see the start of the Second Great Depression. He died on the Anniversary of that Great Depression. His life was decorated with Book Ends. He must have known the squeeze of suffering. Yet, he demonstrated a medicinal wit that assisted those he met to travel over the bumps of life's rocky road. I cannot imagine who more deserves to be in a better place. To say more would be superfluous- GM William Lombardy

William Addison came to San Francisco in the early 1950s after growing up in Baton Rouge and serving in the US military. He was a low expert when he arrived but in the next 15 years he developed into one of the strongest players in the United States. William Adddison served as the Mechanics Chess Director in the late 1960s and was the first international player to develop at the Mechanics. He played in about a half dozen US Championships in the 1960s finishing as high as second which qualified him for the 1970 Interzonal in Palma. Bill played on two US Oympiad teams including the one with Fischer that won the silver medal at Havana 1966. (Ed. Note- See Addison's results including 7.5/9 in the 1974 Tel Aviv Olympiad on olimpbase.com. ) He retired from tournament play in the early 1970s to go into the banking business just as he was on the verge of becoming a GM (his last FIDE rating was his peak at 2490). I only met him once but we corresponded frequently last year. He was a very nice man - IM John Donaldson AddisonJohncomputer.jpg

Bill Addison was a model of what a chess master should be. Yes, I well remember when he came to the Koenig Memorial last year. He regaled us with stories of the old days...His description of Kurt Bendit was a priceless tribute. And he was clearly following the international scene. But he was so vigorous, so animated that day that I can't believe he can be gone. I can say quite honestly that there is no person I have ever played -- and I played against him often in 1953-1969 -- that made such an impression on me and brought so much enjoyment, win or lose, from the experience- Bob Burger

The WCC Games page includes a selection of Bill Addison's games.


Reggie Boone

(January 15, 1926 - June 28, 2008)

Reggie Boone
  • 1944 Gardner High School graduate
  • awarded Bronze Star for bravery in World War II
  • Beat world checkers champion Tom Wiswell in Fitchburg in 1958
  • Inducted lnto Gardner High School Football Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Wachusett Chess Club member at First Church Unitarian Universalist in Leominster.

The Reggie Boone Tribute Page was created in January 2006 for the occasion of the "Reginald Boone Octogenarian Swiss" so named in honor of Reggie's 80th birthday.


Eli Bourdon

(June 28, 1907 - January 6, 1980)

Eli Bourdon
  • Helped the WCC conduct their first rated weekend tournament in June, 1961
  • Organized many Western Mass. & Conn. Valley events in Springfield, MA
  • Western Massachusetts Champion 1957 & 1958, tied for 1st in 1953, 1963, 1965, & 1970
  • USCF Regional Vice President in the early 1960's
  • USCF Rated Expert for many years
  • Massachusetts State Championship, "Eli Bourdon Memorial Trophy", named in his honor
  • Taught chess at the YMCA clubs in Western Massachusetts

Eli Bourdon, former president of the W. Massachusetts Chess Association served as a USCF regional vice president in the early 1960's & helped to bring rated events to western Massachusetts at that time. Bourdon, a rated expert, was a top contender in Massachusetts, winning the title of W.MA/CT Valley champion in 1949, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1965 and 1970.
Born in Claremont NH, a graduate of the N.E. Conservatory of Music with a master's degree in music and public school education, he was the music supervisor in Marlboro and then Easthampton for ten years. He was a member of the Easthampton School Committee, before moving to Holyoke in 1951, where he founded the Brown Roofing and Siding Company, where was active until a few months prior to his death. His love of teaching music to young students, including the playing of several musical instruments, translated into the teaching of chess to students of all ages. He taught at the YMCA clubs in the area and even on weekends in his home. Eli was a beloved personality, strongly supporting the chess clubs in the western MA area including Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield, Westfield, Pittsfield, Chicopee and Hartford, CT.


Hervey R. Brisson

(April 23, 1917 - September 26, 1989)

Hervey R. Brisson
  • Enlisted in US Military January 16, 1941
  • Long time member of WCC
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Hervey Brisson info goes here.


David Bronstein

(February 19, 1924 - December 5, 2006)

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GM David Bronstein info goes here.


Harlow B. Daly

(December 2, 1883 - July 8, 1979)

Harlow B. Daly
  • Unprecedented Seven Consecutive Years as Maine State Champion
  • Won championships of Massachusetts (1940 & 1942), New Hampshire (1962), Vermont, & Maine (9 times)
  • Played in the New England Open every year from 1908 (when he won it) to 1971
  • Played in simultaneous exhibitions against:
    Alekhine, Lasker, Pillsbury, Mieses, Marshall, Fine, Torre & Dake.
  • Oldest person(86) ever to win Maine State Championship(1970)
  • Competed several times in The Danvers 30/30 Tournament losing only to John Curdo

As you might have guessed, the Chess Maine web site has quite a bit of excellent biographical material about Harlow B. Daly. You can find a biographical tribute, "ChessMaine Profiles: Remembering Harlow B. Daly" & a selection of his games.

"Harlow Bussey Daly was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on December 2, 1883, He is perhaps the oldest person to win a state chess championship. In 1959 and 1960, he won the Maine championship. In 1968 he won the Championship of Maine at age 85. He tied for 1st in 1970 and was 2nd in 1971 and 1972. He had previously won in 1961 at the age of 77 and in 1965 at the age of 81. He played in the New England Open every year from 1908 (when he won it) to 1971. He won the Massachusetts State Championship in 1940 and 1942. He was still playing chess in his late 80s and early 90s. At 90, in 1973, he won a New Hampshire Open tournament with a perfect 5-0 score. In 1975, he was designated Master Emeritus by the USCF. He died on July 8, 1979 in Framington, Massachusetts at the age of 95. He played chess for 75 years (1900 to 1974). He won the championships of Massachusetts, New Hampshire (1962), Vermont, and Maine (9 times). He competed in 280 tournaments and matches, not counting correspondence events." -chess.com/chessopedia

A sampling of Harlow Daly's games can be found on our Games page.


Herman M. Demulling

(July 22, 1922 - Sep. 4, 1992)

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Harold B. Dondis

(October 1, 1922 - December 10, 2015)

Harold B. Dondis
  • Graduated from Harvard Law School 1945
  • Argued several cases before the US Supreme Court ()
  • Wrote the chess column for the Boston Globe for over 50 years
  • Former president of the Massachusetts State Chess Association (MSCA)
  • Co-founded the U.S. chess Trust with Ed Edmondson (1967).
  • Constant player at the Boylston Chess club since at least the 60's
  • First to defeat Bobby Fischer in the simul @ Fitchburg (1964)
  • Named a 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Business and Commercial by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Awarded the highest ranking by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (AV - Legal Ability Rating: Very High to Preeminent)
  • Recipient of the U.S. Chess Federation Cramer Award for the "Best Chess Column." (2001)
  • Interviewed by George Mirijanian for Chess Horizons (2004)
  • Memorialized in Chess Horizons (2016)
  • WBUR Rememberence project tribute by Chris Chase (May 3, 2016)
  • Memorialized in the Harold Dondis Memorial Photo Gallery by Tony Cortizas

[Harold Dondis has been such an important figure in New England chess, both as a player & as a journalist, for so long that it's impossible to do justice to his legacy in just a few paragraphs, so I'll be putting together some kind of dedicated tribute page in addition to a few notes here. For now I'll begin by posting a few excerpts & links for general information with more to come soon. Harold is truly irreplaceable & will be sorely missed.]

Harold Dondis was born on October 1, 1922 in Rockland, Maine. He is a lawyer, graduating from Harvard Law School in 1945.

Harold Dondis has been at the heart of the chess world, for decades. Dondis had a great interest in the game of chess and founded the U.S. Chess Trust. This Trust became the charitable arm of the U.S. Chess Federation. He wrote the chess column for the Boston Globe for over 50 years, first appearing in 1964. He is considered the Dean of New England Chess Journalists.

He was a leader in Massachusetts and New England chess. He is a former president of the Massachusetts State Chess Association (MSCA). In 1967, he co-founded the U.S. chess Trust with Ed Edmondson.

And he was a constant player at the Boylston Chess club since at least the 60's. Harold was a great benefactor to the Boylston year in and year out. He helped make the move to our new Cambridge location possible. When the board wanted to recognize his support by dedicating a room in his name, he deferred, requested that it be called the Harry Lyman room instead.

BCF president Carey Theil and Harold Donis at the naming ceremony this summer.
He will always be remembered in the same breath as other New England chess giants and friends as Harry Lyman and John Curdo.

From Chris Chase, Harold's friend and co-columnist
Boston Globe Chess Notes
Dear Friends,
This past Thursday I lost my good friend and colleague, Harold Dondis. He was 93. He died of heart attack while playing in the Boylston Chess Club's Thursday Night Swiss. It seems fitting that he died playing the game he loved and supported for so many years. I know that he was greatly appreciative of all the support you have given to the Boston Globe Chess Notes column over the years. A column that he authored or co-authored for at least 50 years. I would add that he never, never missed a deadline. This level of professionalism was an earmark of Harold's life.
Thank you all for your very kind thoughts and words!
Chris Chase, #RememberingHarold


Berthold Englisch

(July 9, 1851, Osoblaha - October 19, 1897, Vienna)

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  • Won 1st DSB Congress @ Leipzig Tournament 1879
  • Equal 1st @ Wiesbaden 1880 with Blackburne & A. Schwarz
  • Lost match against Vincenz Hruby in 1882, 1.5 - 3.5
  • Lost to Emanuel Lasker in 1890, 1.5 - 3.5
  • Drew a match with Harry Nelson Pillsbury 2.5 - 2.5 (+0 -0 =5) in 1896

Austrian chess-player; born 1851 at Hotzenplotz, Austrian Silesia; died Oct. 19, 1897, in Vienna. In 1879 he gained the first prize at the Leipsic tournament; in 1883 he was fourth in the London tourney; in 1887 in the Frankfort-on-the-Main tournament (twenty-one entries) he gained the seventh prize, winning over Alapin, Gunsberg, and Zuckertort; and in 1896 hewon the first prize in the tournament arranged by Baron Rothschild.

According to ChessMetrics.com, he was once the fourth best player in the world.


Ernest E. Fandreyer Ed.D.

(Oct. 30, 1926 - Nov. 2, 2012)

Ernest E. Fandreyer
  • Professor of Mathematics at Fitchburg State University 1965-1998
  • Translated Doctoral Thesis of Carl Fredrech Gauss
  • WCC Member for ten years
  • Played in more than 100 rated tournaments at the WCC
  • Club games against Dave Couture in 2006 & 2007 on this site

Ernest E. Fandreyer, a former USCF member from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, died at home on Nov. 2, 2012 - three days after his 86th birthday. He was born on Oct. 30, 1926 in Bonn, Germany, the son of Emil and Bertha Fandreyer. He grew up in Bonn and studied at the University of Bonn and the University of Southampton in England. He received a master of science degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1971. He earned his doctorate of education in mathematics education from Boston University in 1984. He taught mathematics at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois, and the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. In 1998, he retired as professor emeritus after 33 years of teaching mathematics at Fitchburg State College - now Fitchburg State University. During his retirement, he made a major contribution in the field of mathematics by being the first person ever ["If an English version exists in this country, then it is certainly not readily available. To remedy this deficiency, this translation will be put on file and available through the Internet." -EEF] to translate from Latin to English the 1799 doctoral thesis of the great German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) "A new proof of the theorem that every integral algebraic function of one variable can be resolved into real factors of the first or second degree."

Dr. Fandreyer leaves his wife of 52 years, Heide (Hildebrand) Fandreyer, and his four children: Gerhard Fandreyer of Phillipston, Mass., Heide Messing and her husband, Jack, of Townsend, Mass., Carl Fandreyer of Fitchburg, and Fe Fandreyer and her husband, Roland Meunier, of Templeton, Mass., and five grandchildren, Emily, Sarah and Daniel Messing of Townsend, and Roland III "Trip" and Adele Meunier of Templeton. He is also survived by a brother, Wilfried Fandreyer of Sankt Augustin, Germany.
He was a member for 44 years of St. Bernard's Parish at St. Camillus Church, where he was a lay reader and taught CCD classes for many years.

He joined the USCF in February 2002 and played in more than 100 rated tournaments at the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University in the 10 years that he was a member of the club.


Raymond W. Fortin

(October 7, 1917 - May 3, 2003)

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Raymond W. Fortin info goes here.


Rufus Franklin

(February 22, 1928 - December 22, 2003)

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Rufus Franklin info goes here.


Michael Glinski Jr.

(March 26, 1959 - April 10, 2010)

Michael Glinski Jr.
  • WCC Member in the 1980's & early 1990's
  • Chess Horizons Editor 1990-1991
  • Class A "quick" rating & Class A correspondence rating
  • Attended with his father, the 1990 U.S. Open in Jacksonville, FL
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Michael Glinski Jr. of Hudson, New Hampshire, former editor of Chess Horizons and a longtime member of the Wachusett Chess Club in Fitchburg, Mass., died Saturday, April 10, in Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. He was 51. He was born March 26, 1959 in Leominster, Mass., the son of Michael Glinski Sr. and Furinda C. (Montaquila) Glinski. He attended Julie Country Day School in Leominster and graduated from Leominster High School in 1977. He then served four years in the U.S. Army as a computer technician. Mike had worked many years for the former NEC Computer Systems in Boxborough, Mass. as vice president of operations. He was later president and chief operating officer for Vibren Technologies Inc., also in Boxborough. He lived many years in Fitchburg and became very much interested in exploring New Hampshire history after he moved to Hudson in 2007.
While in Fitchburg, he was a member of the Wachusett Chess Club in the 1980's and early 1990's. He took part in the club's "A" division championship in 1992 and 1993. He held a Class A "quick" rating as well as a Class A correspondence rating. In 1990, he became editor of MACA's then-bimonthly magazine, Chess Horizons, and raised the publication to a new level of excellence before handing over the editorial reigns to fellow Wachusett Chess Club member Erik Zoltan the following year. Among his highlights was attending with his father the 1990 U.S. Open in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was greeted by USCF officials as one of the leading chess journalists in the country. Mike is survived by his longtime partner Carol A. Winters of Hudson; a daughter, Jessica Glinski of Lunenburg, Mass.; and a brother, John Glinski.


IM John Grefe

(September 6, 1947 - December 22, 2013)

IM John Grefe
  • Competed in WCC's 4th Central New England Open in Fitchburg in 1964 as 2131 rated expert
  • Tied for first in the 1971 National Open
  • Tied for eighth in the 1969 & 1971 U.S. Open
  • Finished sixth at Lone Pine 1971
  • Tied for fourth through sixth at Lone Pine 1973
  • United States Co-champion (tied with GM Lubomir Kavalek) in 1973 (El Paso, TX)
  • Finished sixth in the 1973 U.S. Open
  • Highest Rating: 2655 on the October 1973 rating list, #32 in world, age 26y 1m
  • Awarded FIDE International Master title in 1975

"John Grefe, an American IM and United States co-champion in 1973, died earlier today (Sunday) at the age of 66. Grefe will be unknown to most players outside the U.S., and even to those inside the U.S. as well unless their chess careers or their knowledge of American chess goes back to the 70s and early 80s, but he was considered quite a talented player back in his day. He seems to have given up on serious play in 1981, and while that was probably the right thing decision financially it was a pity for chess, as he had a very lively style. (Have a look at the games given and linked to in his Wikipedia article for ample evidence.)"

[From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:]

John Alan Grefe (born September 6, 1947 in Hoboken, New Jersey died December 22, 2013) was an American International Master of chess. His best result was a tie for first with Lubomir Kavalek in the 1973 U.S. Championship. FIDE awarded him the title of International Master in 1975. Grefe and Stuart Rachels are the only players since 1948 to win or share the U.S. Championship without already having, or later achieving, the title of International Grandmaster. Grefe, at the time he shared the championship, lived in Berkeley, California, and was a follower of the Guru Maharaj Ji. For that reason and also because of his hippyish appearance, Grefe was affectionately known as "Gandalf" amongst chess friends.

Before his success in the U.S. Championship, Grefe had been fairly successful in Swiss system tournaments in the United States. He tied for eighth in the 1969 and 1971 U.S. Open, tied for first in the 1971 National Open, finished sixth at Lone Pine 1971, tied for fourth through sixth at Lone Pine 1973, and finished sixth in the 1973 U.S. Open.

Grefe died of liver cancer on December 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

[Some unregistered blog posts follow in quotes.]

"With little doubt, he's probably best known for his dark horse-style performance at the 1973 U.S. championship, in which (despite being "only" an IM) in which he tied for first with Kavalek. In fact, he scored six wins in a row during the event. The 1973 event was also his debut in the (almost) annual event. He also played in the 1974, 1975, and 1977 editions, as well."

"Sad to hear about John Grefe. As I am about the same age it is a little eerie to hear that he die so young (sic). How he missed becoming a GM is a head scratch-er . I know he shared the US title on at least one occasion and I believed he won at least one US open. He also wrote a fine book on the Queens Indian Defense, which he played often. He was also known for his great work ethic, which may have lead to him quitting [chess] so early. They say he often put in over 8 hours a day of study. Walter Browne, Jim Tarjan, [Lubomir] Kavalek and Grefe were the young core of US chess after Bobby Fischer quit playing and the wave of Soviet emigrants began. I still have a 1974 copy of 'Over Board' the Pennsylvania Chess Federation publication that had an article on John Grefe."

"I remember he had a habit of gently pushing/sliding the pieces from one square to another. This act became known as 'Grefeing the pieces'. Sad to hear he has passed on, in my mind he will always be lean, lanky and sporting a full and lengthy head of hair!"

Jeremy Silman relates how when he was a youngster, he met Grefe, then the new U.S. Champion, and asked Grefe, "Can I show you one of my games?" Grefe's answer: "Where's your money?" Funny thing, that's the same thing Grefe asked a spectator at the US Championship in Oberlin 1975 when he asked Grefe, who was watching the post mortem, what he thought about the position. I also ran into Grefe on the streets of Chicago near one of the chess clubs. I forget which one it was, but he was there to play a match against one of Chicago's leading players, Verber, maybe? Anyway, Grefe was dressed in an all white 'guru suit' that was filthy. You can read Silman's article on Grefe on Chessdotcom.

Report, Chess Life & Review, November and December 1973:
22nd US Championship: September 9, 1973 - September 27, 1973, El Paso, TX

                1	2	3	4	5	6	7	8	9	10	11	12	13	Total
 1. Kavalek     x	1	.5	.5	.5	.5	1	1	.5	1	1	1	1	9.5-2.5
 2. Grefe       0	x	1	.5	.5	1	1	1	1	1	1	1	.5	9.5-2.5
 3. Browne      .5	0	x	.5	.5	.5	.5	1	1	1	1	1	1	8.5-3.5
 4. Tarjan      .5	.5	.5	x	1	.5	1	0	1	1	.5	.5	.5	7.5-4.5
 5. Evans       .5	.5	.5	0	x	.5	0	.5	1	1	.5	.5	1	6.5-5.5
 6. Benko       .5	0	.5	.5	.5	x	.5	.5	.5	.5	1	.5	1	6.5-5.5
 7. Karklins    0	0	.5	0	1	.5	x	.5	.5	0	1	1	1	6-6
 8. Mednis      0	0	0	1	.5	.5	.5	x	.5	0	.5	1	1	5.5-6.5
 9. Bisguier    .5	0	0	0	0	.5	.5	.5	x	.5	1	.5	1	5-7
10. Gilden      0	0	0	0	0	.5	1	1	.5	x	0	.5	.5	4-8
11. Martz       0	0	0	.5	.5	0	0	.5	0	1	x	.5	.5	3.5-8.5
12. Byrne, D.   0	0	0	.5	.5	.5	0	0	.5	.5	.5	x	0	3-9
13. Kane        0	.5	0	.5	0	0	0	0	0	.5	.5	1	x	3-9

There was no playoff. Lubomir Kavalek and John Grefe remained Co-Champions.
William Lombardy withdrew hours before the start of the tournament, too late to be replaced, 
and so the tournament continued with an odd number of players and a bye each round.

The WCC Games page includes a selection of John Grefe's games.

This fairly recent YouTube video shows John Grefe's left hand explaining the King's Indian Defense.
Published on Feb 12, 2014:
"On a sunny warm summer afternoon in 2001 in Berkeley, CA, US Champion IM John Grefe gives a hour long introduction to the King's Indian Defense. The late chess master John Grefe always gave freely of his chess genius! Here at the outdoor table at a coffeehouse he called his "office" he gives a couple of class players a lesson. The camera was focused on the board for most of this video. But, at the end, the final few minutes show John giving his sage advice."
[Don't worry, it's not too creepy & occasionally you even get to see his right hand too.]


Kenneth Harkness

(November 12, 1896, Glasgow, Scotland - October 4, 1972, Yugoslavia)

Ken Harkness
  • Editor of Chess Review
  • Creator of the Harkness rating system.
  • Business Manager of the USCF from 1952 to 1959.
  • Became an International Arbiter in 1972.
  • Member of the FIDE Permanent Rules Commission.
  • Inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1997.

Kenneth Harkness was born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 12, 1896. He was Business Manager of the United States Chess Federation from 1952 to 1959. He was also the editor of Chess Review, which merged into Chess Life.
He had lived in Boca Raton, Florida. He was a radio engineer & became an International Arbiter in 1972. He was a member of the FIDE Permanent Rules Commission.

Harkness was responsible for introducing Swiss system tournaments to the United States, and also introduced the Harkness rating system, which was a precursor to the Elo rating system. One method of tiebreaks in Swiss systems, where players tied on points are ranked by the sum of the opponents scores minus the top score and the bottom score, is named the "Harkness Median Tie-breaking System" after him. For his services, Harkness is in the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame.

With Irving Chernev, Harkness co-wrote "An Invitation to Chess". He was responsible for a number of the first American chess rulebooks. Harkness died on a train in Yugoslavia, on his way to Skopje to be an arbiter at the 1972 Chess Olympiad.

Harkness devised a rating system that was used by the USCF from 1950 to 1960.
That rating system is as follows. When a player competes in a tournament, the average rating of his competition is calculated. If the player scores 50% he receives the average competition rating as his performance rating. If he scores more than 50% his new rating is the competition average plus 10 points for each percentage point above 50. If he scores less than 50% his new rating is the competition average minus 10 points for each percentage point below 50.
In 1960, the Harkness rating system was replced by the Elo rating system which, with some modifications, is still in use today.

He authored several books including:

  • An Invitation to Chess, McKay (1945)
  • Invitation to Bridge, McKay (1950)
  • The Official Blue Book and Encyclopedia of Chess (1956)
  • Official Chess Handbook, McKay (1967)
  • Official Chess Rulebook, McKay (1970)

Glenn Petersen, editor of "Chess Life for Kids" magazine, former editor of "Chess Life" magazine, and one of the top tournament directors in the United States, writes:
"There is no better explanation of the theory behind the Swiss System than what was written by Kenneth Harkness and Eliot Hearst in The Official Blue Book and Encyclopedia of Chess in 1956."


Al Horowitz

(November 15, 1907 - January 18, 1973)

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IM Al Horowitz info goes here.


Dr. Dieter Keller

(October 18, 1932, Frankfurt am Main, Germany - February 4, 2008, Leominster)

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Dr. Dieter Heinrich Keller of Leominster, Massachusetts, died Feb. 4, 2008 after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 18, 1932 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and had lived most of his life in Leominster. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1950, Amherst College in 1953 and Tufts Medical School in 1957. He served his internship at Cambridge City Hospital and residencies in pathology at Cambridge City Hospital, New England Medical Center in Boston and Malden Hospital. After completing his residency, he briefly worked at Burbank Hospital in Fitchburg and later became chief pathologist at Henry Heywood Hospital in Gardner, where he was employed for more than 30 years before his retirement in 1999. He was a member of the Worcester North Chapter of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Between October 2002 and June 2003, Dieter played in nine USCF-rated tournaments at the Wachusett Chess Club when it met at First Church Unitarian Universalist in Leominster. Dieter was a parishioner there. Funeral services and burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, were private.


Gabe Kern

(August 19, 1932, Budapest, Hungary - July 25, 2015, Rye Brook, NY)

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Gabriel Robert Kern, formerly of Nashua, NH, was born on August 9, 1932 in Budapest, Hungary and and passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his home in Rye Brook, NY.
Gabriel was a resident of Mount Kisco, New York at the time of his passing.
He got his undergraduate degree from McGill University and a Masters degree from Columbia University.
He had been an electrical engineer with Kollsman (now Elbit Systems) for 26 years before retiring.
He is remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who was an accomplished chess teacher and gifted piano player.


Marty Laine

(May 5, 1950 - November 18, 2014)

Marty Laine
  • 2008 WCC Champion
  • FATV Chess Chat Co-Host
  • Long time journalist for The Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton
  • Worked several years as a teacher-naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society
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Obituary:
LUNENBURG - K. Martin Laine, 64, of Lunenburg, died on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at his home unexpectedly after being stricken ill.
He is survived by his son, Benjamin Laine and his wife Maryam Tabatabaei of Lawrence; his father, Pentti M. Laine of Athol; one brother, J. Eric Laine and his wife Cynthia of Ivoryton, CT; two nephews, Jonathan Laine and his wife Shannon and their children, Spencer and Nora of Hollis, NH, Christopher Laine and his wife Mercy of Goettingen, Germany; his former wife and friend, Deborah Levine of Holyoke.

Martin was born on May 5, 1950 in Fitchburg, a son of Pentti M. and the late Irma Maria (Hilden-Hirsto) Laine. He graduated from Lunenburg High School and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Martin was a news reporter for Associated Press in many different assignments and worked as a journalist for The Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton for many years. Mr. Laine was a full-time news reporter and a freelance writer, covering government and politics, environmental issues, and nature. After leaving full-time journalism, he spent several years working as a teacher-naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

More recently, Mr. Laine was a teacher at the Shirley Middle School and the Ayer High School for several years until his retirement last year. He was a member of the Wachusett Chess Club and was an avid Thoreauvian. Martin had a deep love of nature and enjoyed hiking. He will be dearly missed.
Burial in North Cemetery, Lunenburg, will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in his memory to:
Mass Audubon, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.


J. Camille Leblanc

(December 12, 1916, Sherbrook, Quebec, Canada - October 18, 1989, Fitchburg)

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J. Camille LeBlanc died on October 18, 1989, in Fitchburg. He was born on Dec. 12, 1916, in Sherbrook, Quebec, Canada, and had lived most of his life in Fitchburg. He was a charter member of the Wachusett Chess Club, being very active in the early 1960s. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster.


Fred S. Lawrence

(1904 - August 30, 1999)

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Dr. Max Levinger

(July 9, 1894 - March 1, 1973)

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George Mirijanian says, "Dr. Max Levinger was a charter member of the Wachusett Chess Club, whom I remember playing as a teenager more than 45 years ago. When I joined the club in the late 1950s, Dr. Levinger was an active member of the club. He was so passionate about chess that several club members, including me, used to play at his medical office Friday nights on Grove Street in Fitchburg, where the sessions would last until the wee hours of Saturday morning. Sometimes I would play him on his desk and sometimes I would play him and others on an examining table! Dr. Levinger was born in July 1894 and died in March 1973. Although his practice was in Fitchburg, he lived in Lunenburg. He was one of the most colorful chess players the area has ever known. He was an impeccable dresser and very distinct in his speech. He also hated to lose. If you beat him, he would immediately challenge you to another game. Some of those Friday night sessions lasted long because he wouldn't let you go until he had beaten you. It was a great pleasure having known him."


John W. Loyte

(July 25, 1938 - February 11, 2007)

John W. Loyte
  • WCC Member during 1980's
  • Long Time Member of both Nashoba Chess Club in Westford & Billerica Chess Club
  • Member & Treasurer of the Lynn YMCA Chess Club
  • Life member of the USCF & MACA
  • Owned one of the most extensive private chess libraries in New England
  • Reached the rank of USCF expert

On this date [February 11] in 2007, John Loyte of Maynard died at age 68. Loyte was a life member of the USCF and MACA. He was also a longtime member of the Tuesday night Nashoba Chess Club in Westford and the Friday night Billerica Chess Club. In the 1980s, he was a very active player at the Wednesday night Wachusett Chess Club in Fitchburg. He owned one of the most extensive private chess libraries in New England.

In addition to club play, John was very active in weekend tournaments in the 80's & 90's, but his experience in rated competition extends as far back as the 1960's & included such tournaments as the Danvers 30/30 Tournament (back when it was called that). He also loved 5-minute blitz chess for which his aggressive tactical style was well suited. One of his specialties was to prepare obscure traps usually arising from sharp opening variations & spring them on unsuspecting opponents, sometimes later the same day. His favorite chess piece was the knight & he could occasionally squeeze a draw or even a full point from what might be considered totally lost positions, particularly when he still had a knight, regardless of what the objective evaluation might be. He could also be counted on to play for a win, again despite objective considerations, nearly all the time. I once saw him continue to play for a dozen moves or more with nothing but one rook & king vs. one rook & king in a rated weekend tournament where neither player was in time trouble, but he thought there was still a chance his (approximately 1500+ raetd) opponent might make a fatal blunder. -PG


Harry Lyman

(June 15, 1915 - September 5, 1999)

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Richard G. McMaster

(October 8, 1930 - July 8, 2007)

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George O'Rourke

(July 29, 1929 - February 26, 2007)

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  • Member of both the Westford and the Wachusett Chess Clubs
  • USCF rated class "A" tournament competitor
  • Son, Larry O'Rourke, member of Wachusett Chess Club
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George Edmund O'Rourke, 77, of Concord died Monday February 26, 2007 at Emerson Hospital in Concord. He was the beloved husband of 46 years of Jeannette (Ouellet) O'Rourke.

Born in Washington, DC on July 29, 1929 he was the son of the late George Edmund O'Rourke and Nan (Geier) O'Rourke. He attended schools in Washington and was a graduate of Gonzaga High School in Washington. He later received a Bachelors degree from Georgetown University in Washington and a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

In 1969, Mr. O'Rourke was a founder and later became President of Corporate Tech Planning in Waltham. He retired in 1993. He had previously been employed in the Research Laboratory at Sylvania in Waltham for ten years. A Concord resident since 1958, he was a member of the Concord Republican Town Committee and served as a delegate to the Massachusetts and National Republican Conventions. He was a long-time communicant of Holy Family and St. Bernard's Parishes in Concord.

An avid chess player, he was a member of the Westford and Wachusett Chess Clubs and the U.S. Chess Federation. He competed in chess tournaments throughout the area and the United States. For over 25 years, he enjoyed his summer home in Surry, Maine.

In addition to his wife Jeannette, survivors include five children, Edmund O'Rourke of Surry, Maine, Anne Louiselle of Hooksett, New Hampshire, Larry O'Rourke of Arlington, Virginia, Kate O'Rourke of New York City and Neil O'Rourke of Hudson; 8 grandchildren, Christopher, Tommy, Bill, Sarah, Michael, Americah, Juliette and Will; and a sister, Pat Caulfield of Rockville, Maryland.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday March 2nd at 1:30 P.M. in Holy Family Parish, Monument Square, Concord.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Gonzaga College High School, 19 Eye St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.


Rocco Pasquale

(January 30, 1922 - October 21, 2014)

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  • Founding member & First president of the Wachusett Chess Club, February 1960
  • 1968 Wachusett Chess Club Champion
  • Formed Monadnock Chess Club at the Keene YMCA
  • President of the Monadnock Chess Club October 1972 - 1977
  • Participated in the "D-Day Invasion", at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on June 5, 1944
  • Earned a Bronze Star for heroism in France during World war II
  • Special Delivery Driver for the U.S. Postal Service until retirement in 1977
  • Played World Champion Bobby Fischer, in the simul at WCC on March 2nd, 1964
  • Correspondent for several newspapers covering his beloved chess clubs from 1960-1977

Decorated WW II Vet and Chess Organizer

RINDGE - Rocco R. Pasquale, War Hero, Chess Organizer and adored father passed away at the age of 92 on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, while receiving loving care at the New Hampshire Veteran's Home in Tilton. He was born on Jan. 30, 1922, in Fitchburg, Mass.

Rocco was married for over 56 years to the late Joan (Burt) Pasquale, who passed away at the age of 78, in May of 2007, in Beverly Hills, Fla. Rocco and Joan raised their three children in Rindge. In their retirement years they lived in Beverly Hills, Fla.
Rocco was born the son of Italian immigrants, Filomena (Minicucci) and Berardino "William" Pasquale, who hailed from the region of Abruzzo, Italy. Rocco was raised in Fitchburg, Mass., among his six siblings.

He enlisted in the Army on Oct. 2, 1942 and separated from the Army with an Honorable Discharge on Nov. 7, 1945. He served in the storied First Infantry ("The Big Red One") Division as a Radio Operator. Military operations included North Africa, Sicily, England, France, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Germany. Rocco participated in the "D-Day Invasion", landing as the third wave on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on June 5, 1944. It was in France where he earned a Bronze Star.

After the war, Rocco met his wife Joan at a dance in Jaffrey, and was married soon thereafter. They settled in Rindge, where Rocco worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a Special Delivery Driver covering both Fitchburg and Leominster, Mass., until his retirement at the age of 55.

Rocco had many varied interests, including organizing and serving as President of the Wachusett Chess Club, Fitchburg, Mass. in Feb. of 1960. The highlight of Rocco's chess career was playing the future World Champion of Chess, Bobby Fischer, in March 1964. In Oct. of 1972 Rocco who was then a well-known chess organizer formed a brand new chess club at the Keene YMCA known as the Monadnock Chess Club and served as President until he retired in 1977.

Rocco also loved ballroom dancing, he wrote a play, music lyrics and poetry as well as served as a correspondent for several newspapers covering his beloved chess clubs. Rocco also enjoyed going to drive-ins and those who know him may recall his invention of window screens for his little VW. Additionally, he loved horse and dog races, Boston College Football Games, bingo and card games.

Rocco is well remembered by his children, nieces and nephews, family and friends who were his guests during the annual family vacations at Hampton Beach, N.H.
In addition to his wife, Rocco was also preceded in death by his sisters Rose (Perry), Elsie (Sherrin), Lena (Boulay), and his brother Anthony.

Rocco loved life and his family; daughter Pam and her spouse, Wayne Koski of Jaffrey, and their son, Eric Koski and his wife, Kim and son, Corey; daughter, Deborah Proterra of New Canann, Conn. and her children, David and Tracy (Olmstead) and her spouse, Reid and daughter, Fiona; son, Jan Pasquale and his spouse, Karen of South Salem, N.Y. and their children, Michael and Elyse; brothers, William and Raymond and many nieces and nephews.

"In 1974 I played Everett [sic.] Siiskomen in the semi finals [of the WCC Championship]. While we were playing he made a very bad error and I captured his Queen. He went hysterical and began moving pieces around the board to show me he made a momentary error. He really lost the game with the Queen gone but also because he touched my pieces should have been disqualified. I felt sorry for him as he was much older and felt this was very important to him so I let him take it back and eventually lost. The members of the club were furious that I did that and as you can see he [Siiskonen] beat Terry [O'Connor?] in the final. While everyone was upset your dad [Rocco] was really kind. He knew I should have called the game over but really understood why I did it. I remember he told me that while chess is very competitive, he admired my willingness to consider the age of Everett [sic.] and how important it was to him. As club President, that meant so much to me. Your dad was absolutely a terrific person."
-Fran Silvestri

A private military graveside service was held at The Hillside Cemetery in Rindge on Oct. 30, 2014. A memorial service will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to the New Hampshire Veteran's Home specifying the donation for the Resident Activity Fund, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, N.H. 03276 and/or the Monadnock Adult Care Center, 22 North Street, Jaffrey, N.H. 03452.
For a more detailed obituary, and to share memories or condolences with Rocco's family, please visit:
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Robert N. Plourde

(September 8, 1942 - January 24, 2016)

Robert N. Plourde

GARDNER -- Robert N. "Bob" Plourde, 73, of Gardner, died peacefully Sunday, January 24, 2016 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center, Lake Ave. N. Worcester, following a long illness.
Born in Fitchburg on September 8, 1942, he was the son of the late Louis and Edmee (Belliveau) Plourde.
Robert was a Postal Worker employed by the United States Postal Service for 32 years, retiring in 2000.
He was a United States Vietnam War Navy Veteran, and received his GED in 1962 while serving in the Navy.
Robert was a member of Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner.
He enjoyed playing chess and watching the PBS station on television.

Robert leaves his wife of 21 years, Patricia A. (Desautels) Plourde of Gardner; one son, Robert N. AndreasPlourde II and his wife Cheryl of Amsterdam Holland; two stepsons, Mark Littlewood and his wife Tina of Templeton and Arthur "Chip" Littlewood and his wife Linda of Gardner; two brothers, Raymond Plourde of Gardner and Rene Plourde of Weston, VA; one sister-in-law, Nikie Plourde of Lakeville; five grandchildren, Eleanor AndreasPlourde, Zorlie AndreasPlourde, Sarah Littlewood, Jessica Yonkers and Chris Littlewood; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Yonkers, Savannah Yonkers and Caily Littlewood; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Louis Plourde, Richard Plourde and Roland Plourde.

PLOURDE -- A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, February 6th at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial will be held at a later date.
There are no calling hours.


George M. Putika

(April 08, 1911 - January 20, 2004)

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Oscar Shapiro

(March 18, 1909 - January 1, 2002)

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Evert Siiskonen

(January 7th, 1915 - March 31st, 1993)

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  • Two time WCC Champion 1963 & 1966
  • Joined the WCC April 10, 1963
  • WCC Member during the club's first ten years
  • Memorialized with Chess Table @ Saima Park

On June 20, 2015, a fun chess tournament was held at the Summer Kesajuhla at Saima Park to honor the memory of two-time Wachusett Chess Club champion Evert Siiskonen, who was club champion in 1963 and 1966. He was born on January 7, 1915 in Finland, and came to the United States at an early age, lived in Ashburnham and Fitchburg before returning to Finland (after his wife died), where he died on March 31, 1993. He was a life member of the USCF. Siiskonen played in the Fischer simul on March 2, 1964 in Fitchburg.


Barry Spiegel

(February 4, 1948 - June 26, 1992)

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Dr. John S. Stubbe

(February 21, 1919 - January 13, 1996)

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George Sturgis

(May 31, 1891 - December 20, 1944)

George Sturgis
  • A founder of the U. S. Chess Federation
  • USCF president from its formation in 1939 until 1942
  • Made it to the finals of Western and American Opens in 1935
  • President of the Massachusetts State Chess Association (MSCA) 1932
  • George Sturgis Memorial Trophy donated in his honor, US Open 1945-1963

In the chess column of the January 1, 2006 Worcester "Sunday Telegram", Stephen Dann writes about the namesake of the previous tournament.
"George Sturgis of Weston, who died in 1944, was a founder of the U. S. Chess Federation and president from its formation in 1939 until his passing. He was a nephew of the Spanish philosopher George Santayana and worked as an investment broker in Boston. He was an early promoter of scholastic chess and brought chess to the Boston City Club, a center of high society in the early to mid 1900's."

Online post by Bill Wall:
"George Sturgis was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 31, 1891. In 1932, he was elected president of the Massachusetts State Chess Association (MSCA). He was the first President of the United States Chess Federation (USCF), elected in 1939*. He died on December 20, 1944 in Boston after returning from his honeymoon. The George Sturgis Memorial Trophy, donated by Mrs. E.R. Thayer, was presented to all the U.S. Open winners from 1945 to 1963."
* [He was elected in 1938 president of the American Chess Federation (ACF), which merged with the National Chess Federation (NCF) in 1939 to become the USCF.]

"He was cremated at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge" [and his ashes were sent to Gray Ledges Farm and Christian Conference Center in Grantham, New Hampshire, which was owned & operated by his widow, Carol A. Sturgis, until 1977 when the Conference Center was sold. -PG]
-George Marijanian owned by his widow, Carol A. Sturgis , She has resided in Grantham, NH since 1944 where she owned and operated Gray Ledges Farm and Christian Conference Center until 1977 when the Conference Center was sold.

He played in four U.S. Opens: 1940 in Dallas, TX; 1941 in St. Louis, MO; 1942 in Dallas; and 1943 in Syracuse, NY.
He played in the round-robin Championship section in the 1941 U.S. Open, finishing dead last with a score of 0.5-8.5
Several of his games may be found in the "Games" Section.


Hannes Taavela

(June 21, 1890 - June 29, 1970)

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Walter G. Trice

(December 17, 1948 - August 23, 2009)

Walter G. Trice
  • Competitor in several Central New England Open tournaments
  • USCF-certified tournament director
  • USCF rated master
  • Member of Worcester Chess Club & competed in the Worcester Met Chess League
  • One of the USA's top ten backgammon players
  • Author of several books including "Backgammon Boot Camp"
  • Wrote computer programs including "Bearoff Quizmaster"
  • Secretary of the New England Backgammon Club

Walter G. Trice, 60, died suddenly on Sunday, August 23rd at Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, of natural causes.
He was one of the USA's top ten backgammon players and the author of several books including the modern classic Backgammon Boot Camp. He also wrote computer programs such as "Bearoff Quizmaster" and was a contributing columnist for the online magazines "GammonLife" and "GammonVillage." He was the secretary of the New England Backgammon Club, a member of the Seven Hills Wheelmen and the Easy C Riders.

Mr. Trice was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee the son of James and Dorothy (Spragens) Trice. A graduate of Wesleyan College, Walter worked for Paul Revere Life Insurance Company for 20 years as an actuary before retiring in 1987.

He leaves his wife, Donna M. (McDermott) Trice, two step-children William Galeckas and Lisa Galeckas of Worcester and three beloved step-granddaughters Tia, Taniah and Corynn. He is also survived by brothers, Dr. James H. Trice and his wife Leslie Thomas of Texas, Stephen Trice and his wife Rebecca Allen of Delaware and Thomas Trice of Pennsylvania; sisters, Elizabeth and her husband Mark Gause of California, Barbara and her husband Rev. Carl Buffington Jr. of Florida and Lillian and her husband John C. Murphy of Pennsylvania; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 12th at 1:00 PM in O'Connor Brothers Funeral Home, 592 Park Avenue. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Trice Education Fund, c/o Lillian Murphy, 1501 Old Mill Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610.


Milan Vukcevich

(March 11, 1937 - May 10, 2003)

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Charles Weldon

(March 8, 1939, Milwaukee WI - August 9, 1993, Belgrade, Yugoslavia)

Charlie Weldon
  • Played in the 1965 Central New England Open in Fitchburg as a 2222 rated master
  • Won all six games at the 1970 US Amateur Championship
  • Three-time Wisconsin State Chess Champion 1959-1960, 1963, & 1979
  • On the cover of the August 1970 issue of Chess Life
  • USCF 2420 rated Senior Master
  • Proponent of the Schliemann Defense
  • Played Fischer to a draw in the timed simul in 1964
  • CUNY award in his name for outstanding students in computer science
  • Played his last recorded USCF rated game September 1, 1993

[From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.]
"Charles Weldon (b. 1939 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - d. 1993 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia) was a chess master. He was also a professor of computer science at City University of New York. He was considered to be the superstar of his university department; one of the brightest and best. At chess, he won the US Amateur Chess Championship by sweeping all his games. He was known for playing the Schliemann Defense.

His favorite sport was picking up girls. His Greenwich Village apartment was ideally strategically located for this productive activity.

He died at an early age in a shocking way. He became fascinated with the country of Yugoslavia and traveled there to play in a chess tournament. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He became ill with appendicitis and was hospitalized. He could have had medevac back to the United States or to a better hospital in Germany, but he did not feel that his condition was sufficiently serious. When complications developed, it was too late. War torn Yugoslavia simply did not have the life support facilities commonly available in most US hospitals and suddenly Charles Weldon was dead.

One of the last persons to speak to him was an old girlfriend, Dr. Joyce Ilson, but by then it was too late for her to help him.

He is survived by a brother and a sister.

Charles Weldon lives on in the hearts and minds of the United States Chess Federation, as he is still listed as a life member there. There is also no record of his death in the Social Security Death Index."

There's a brief story & one of Charlie Weldon's games with IM Mark Ginsburg on Mark's web site.


Edmund N. Wheeler

(October 12, 1919 - April 28, 1998)

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Elwood J. "Woody" Wink

(February 27, 1935 - September 4, 2009)

Woody Wink
  • Long time member & executive of the Billerica Chess Club
  • MACA Vice President, multiple years
  • MACA Executive board, multiple years
  • Principal Organizer of Billerica Open Chess Tournament
  • Instrumental in acquiring site for Billerica CC

[From: www.burnsfuneralhomes.com Published on Philly.com on Sept. 7, 2009]
Elwood J. Wink of Billerica, MA, formerly of PA, September 4, 2009, age 74. Beloved son of the late Lloyd and Margaret (Dwyer) Wink. Devoted father of Joseph, Michael, Daniel and Kenneth Wink. Also survived by 8 loving grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, September 9, in St. Athanasius Church, 2050 Walnut Lane, Philadelphia, PA at 11:00 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting 1 hour prior to mass from 10-11:00 A.M. Int. Holy Sepulchre Cem.



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