David M. Lees was born on February 12, 1943 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a National Master. He won or tied in the Western Massachusetts Championship five times (1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967). He won the Central New England Championship twice. In 1964, he won the Texas Junior Championship. In 1965, he won the Texas State Championship. In 1965, he won the U.S. Armed Forces Championship (he was an Air Force enlisted person). He won the Connecticut Valley Championship in 1962, 1963, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1988, and 1989. In 1993, he published The Chess Games of David Lees. He died on October 19, 1996 at the age of 53.