A Special Moment in Timing

Nov 20, 2013, 9:44 AM |

One day while visiting the Chess Emporium's library of books for sale, I noticed that a chess tournament was about to start.  As usual, I had no money with me and was unable to join the tournament, but I decided to stick around and see if I could learn something.  About twenty minutes after the tournament started, a rather angry gentleman approached the tournament director because his opponent was a no-show.

The director told him to relax, that he would be awarded the full point.  The elderly gentlemen angrily replied, "but I drove all the way from the west valley" (I think he said Avondale or Goodyear) "to play chess.  I don't care about the point, I wanted to play chess!"

Almost in desperation, the tournament director told him, "Well you can play this guy", pointing to me, "He wants to play."

That is how, by virtue of being in the right place and the right time I got to play the highest rated player I had played up to that point, the gentlemen chess player Walter Schreiner.

What ensued was a tough match, I was hard pressed to compete, but somehow managed to secure a small advantage, keep pounding at it, and ultimately Mr. Shreiner bowed to the pressure and resigned.

I hope you enjoy this game between myself, and the late Walter Shreiner, one of the finest gentlemen I ever met.