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Battell, Jack Straley

Jack Straley Battell (1909-1985) was a former USCF Correspondence Chess Director (1969-1978).  In 1935, he joined the Correspondence Chess League of America (CCLA).  In the 1937-38 Marshall Chess Club Championship, he scored no wins and 11 straight losses, for the worst score in Marshall Chess Club history.  In 1946 he was the highest rated postal player in the United States and won the 1946 Correspondence Chess League of America (CCLA) championship.  He was co-editor of Chess Review.  From 1950 to 1978, he was the leading organizer of postal chess in the United States.  He was a photographer, English teacher, riding master, and restaurant manager.  He died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

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