Thomas Babcock1

The December Check Is in the Mail

Thomas Babcock of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, is no stranger to winning first place in a John Collins event, having done so in 2008, 2009, and 2013.  Now he wins for a fourth time.

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Giants of Cleveland Chess (left to right): Andy Wishnek, Richard Kause, James Harkins, Richard Noel and Tom Wozney

James Harkins (1929-2017)

Today strong players are produced all over the United States, but it wasn’t long ago that New York City was by far the number one chess center in the country with a huge gap between the Big Apple and the next city. One contender for number two from roughly 1946 to the late 1990s was Cleveland.

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Sarosy (2)

The August Check Is in the Mail

“Correspondence play reinforces a player’s combinative ability by giving him time and leisure, and freeing him from the time limitations and nervous strain of international tournament play.”

-Reinfeld

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Remembering James Schroeder (1927-2017)

“He was scathingly blunt, had never even crossed paths with the concept of tact, and would do anything for you, up to and including the shirt off his back. He also had a wicked sense of humor.”

-Douglas Ayers

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Somnath Mukherjee

The July Check Is in the Mail

This is a violent game filled with unexpected twists as Black consistently hunts down the White forces using his superior development. This game is not for the faint of heart who might root for the White pieces.

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