Bill Hook versus Fischer and Liberzon

Bill Hook versus Fischer and Liberzon

NM GreenLaser
May 15, 2010, 12:00 AM |
11 | Chess Players

Bill Hook was born May 28, 1925 in New Rochelle, New York. He died May 10, 2010. He was a photographer, an artist, a writer, and a translator for writers. While doing these things, he was a chess master. He played in numerous Olympiads from 1968-2008. He was Captain Hook on the British Virgin Islands team in the Olympiads and for the Washington Plumbers of the National Chess League (US).

I remember Bill from the Flea House, where chess and other games were played,  in New York. That was a place he frequented for many years before I did. When he arrived he would find friends to sit with and converse. His book, "Hooked on Chess: A Memoir" (2005) discusses the Flea House. The book and the place are found in articles by batgirl.

Two games of Bill Hook from the Olympiads will be presented. In both games he played the black side of the French Winawer. In the first, his opponent was Bobby Fischer, who made chess look easy. Bill faced Vladimir Liberzon in the second game. Liberzon was a grandmaster, but his handling of the same position four years later was not as effective as Fischer's. Bill Hook was a master who could and did win games against grandmasters.

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