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Jack Collins

batgirl

Most people know of Jack Collins and his prodigies. 
Here he is in front of his famous lyre table with one child he helped. 
Can anyone identify the child?

Hint: he dropped out of chess as a child for about 2 decades.

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Joker-rev

Bobby Fischer?  That is a complete guess btw. I dont even know what Country this picture was taken.

Zenrider

James Tarjan? But he was older when he left chess.

gretagarbo

Looks like Jeff sarwer but I don't know if that's possible.

 

 

 

sameez1

There has been a long-held belief that Collins was Fischer's teacher and coach, as well as a teacher and coach for William LombardyRobert ByrneDonald Byrne, Raymond Weinstein, Salvatore Matera, and Lewis Cohen.[1][11][12][13] Some have gone as far as to call Collins "the Yoda of American chess",[14] while others refer to Collins as Fischer's "mentor", not his teacher or coach.[15][16][17][18] Collins himself states he did not teach Bobby Fischer,[19] Robert Byrne,[20] William Lombardy,[21] or Donald Byrne,[22] yet taught Raymond Weinstein,[23] Sal Matera,[24] and Lewis Cohen.[25]

Lombardy says of Collins as a chess teacher and coach:[26]

Jack Collins was not in any way capable of teaching me, the Byrne Brothers, Raymond Weinstein, let alone Bobby Fischer. All had entered his home in friendship and were already superior masters, far past the ability of Collins to impart anything but trivial knowledge...I cannot imagine even today that anyone could consider that Collins had the strength of knowledge to coach the champion that Bobby already was by the time he reached Collins apartment! Somehow the myth of Collins' professional skills persists. Back then because Collins was in a wheelchair, I did not desire to burst his bubble... [but that] with my misplaced sympathy for Collins gone, I attempt to correct and inform.

                                                                                                                          I came across this looking for that photo,don't know what to believe .I also seen a lot of photos of him and Bobby Fischer when he was a boy.
 
batgirl
gretagarbo wrote:

Looks like Jeff sarwer but I don't know if that's possible.

 

 

 

It's entirely possible.   I'm impressed.

batgirl
Joker-rev wrote:

Bobby Fischer?  That is a complete guess btw. I dont even know what Country this picture was taken.

Here's Fischer with Collins in a very similar photo:

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batgirl
Zenrider wrote:

James Tarjan? But he was older when he left chess.

This is the only photo of Tarjan I have that I can readily find. I wish I had one of a younger boy.

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batgirl

This is a publicity photo of Jeff Sarwar and his chess-playing sister Julia. Notice the "chess" shirt.

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IcyWizard

Bobby Fischer is my best guess, really.

universityofpawns

look at the first photo, the kid in that photo doesn't look at all like Fischer to me...it does look like Sarwar a lot...

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kindaspongey

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/04/nyregion/john-w-collins-89-dies-was-fischer-s-chess-tutor.html

FRENCHBASHER001

ty i discover Collins, a tough personality, and Sarwar, the man who touchs everything and makes gold with, ven if his father was horrible. Back IM 2015, he will be seriously intersting to be followed in the next years if he decides a come back.

What about his talented siter ? did she continue to play ?