Chess Memories


Those are some sad stories Ponz. RIP to your friends. 


ty, here is a more upbeat story [slightly upbeat for me anyway]

 When i first arrived in Kankakee there was no chess-not even a club.

 Then a few years later the YMCA had a chess club. I stopped by there one day but they were not very sociable--so i left. But there was young man [about age 19 i talked to]

The club later had a championship and he won with a score of 9 wins and no losses or draws. He was bragging to me about how he beat "those old men" He was getting a little insufferable. Undecided

So, i invited him to have a 10 game match with me. He would come to my home every Sunday afternoon and we would play a game with a clock and under tournament conditions.  I would provide the snacks and drinks and pleasant surroundings...

I won the first 3 games. The 4th game he resisted some but i still finally won. Then i won the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th games. He was getting a little glum.  Should i let him draw the last game??

Nah...!   I won the 10th game also. That was the last i heard from him. If he had contacted me again i would have liked to teach him some things about chess!?


Hey ponz, I think I actually played Bill Harris once!  In the 4th round of the 1979 US Open.

ghost_of_pushwood wrote:

Hey ponz, I think I actually played Bill Harris once!  In the 4th round of the 1979 US Open.

We always called him "William" so i t might not have been the same person?  He would have been about 25 at the time. Where was that US Open held?


oh i see the us open was in Chicago so it must have been him. Were you able to win from him?


Yeah.  My position looked pretty dismal for a while (not the first time that's ever happened to me, I can assure you), but I managed to pull out an endgame win.


Interesting thread.

My chess memory is about the first chess tournament that I went to. I was playing in an under 1100 section with games of 45 minutes. There were 5 rounds in the tournament. I was nervous and lost the first three games although at least the second of the three games was an extremely long game (close to 90 moves). Since there was an uneven number of players, I got a bye in round 4 and I used it to focus and hope to least end the tournament on a positive note.

In the five game, I got paired with the other person who like me had not won a single game and also had one bye at some point. I eventually found a clever set of moves where I forked the king and queen with the use of a deflection tactic and I thought I had one the game. The other player however kept on playing even after I captured the queen.

I got careless and that the game was over and then I allowed my own queen to get trapped. Talk about having to compose myself after giving such a high advantage away.

I was lucky that I had a much deeper understanding of the end game then my opponent and eventually had connected pass pawns that my opponent was powerless to stop as they were both going to be queened as I had piece support plus my king supporting them and only after they realized that with my superior pieces and they were low on time while I had plenty of time did they concede the game and knocked down their king.

Finally! A win. I could at least take something positive from the tournament and not just finish in last place. Little did I know that my first opponent Robert Hess I think become a chess master later in life and here I was playing the Sicilian as Black against him.


Robert Hess got his rating up to over 2600! Once he was number 5 ranked in the United States! 


My first smothered checkmate was delivered at 8:05 Tuesday May 1st 2018.


I played one of my first USCF games in a supermarket warehouse. grin.png It was a club round robin and the guy couldn't show up that Tuesday night so we played one afternoon where he worked (at the local United Market).  It started 1 e4 c5 2 d4 cd 3 Nf3 e5 4 Nxe5...which was the first (and last) time I ever fell into that.  A dozen moves later and I had to resign...