Harold Dondis was born on October 1, 1922 in Rockland, Maine. He has been a writer for the Boston Globe’s chess column for over 40 years, first appearing in 1964. On March 2, 1964, he defeated Bobby Fischer is a simultaneous exhibition. He is considered the Dean of New England Chess Journalists. 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. He is a lawyer, graduating from Harvard Law School in 1945.