While a student in Scotland, Max Pavey (1918-1957) won the Scottisch Champion in 1939. He was U.S. Ligntnng Champion in 1947. He was New York State Champion in 1949. In 1950, his U.S. Chess Federation rating was 2442 (#15 in the U.S.). In 1951, Pavey was the first master that Bobby Fischer played. It was a simultaneous exhibition that Pavey was giving, and Fischer lost. He died of leukemia and radium poisoning.