Garrett Scott, Former Policy Board Member, Has Died

Garrett Scott (1944-2022)

Former Policy Board (now called Executive Board) member Garrett Scott has died at the age of 78. Garrett was a civil rights activist, politician, speech pathologist, and a chess coach.

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Scott was interviewed on Pete Karagianis' podcast for US Chess, "Chess Underground," in 2020:, the NPR station at Illinois State University, posted this obituary on August 9 that was written and recorded by Charlie Schlenker


Garrett used to hold tournaments - typically fast time control or blitz - at his home when I attended Illinois State. He once organized a youth National Invitational for high rated players. He hired me as the TD. Josh Waitzkin was one of the players before he became famous via  the book and flick. I will miss my many conversations with Garrett.

It was an absolute shock to hear the news of Mr. Scott's passing. My son had the unique opportunity to play a game with him at the US Junior Open and looking back is very fortunate. Mr. Scott gave excellent advise on how to improve his game but more importantly (how to) be a good sport. A very affable and down to earth person, we were fortunate to get his acquaintance, albeit short. I pray for his soul to Rest In Peace.

This is sad news. He made great contributions to chess - and humanity in general. I enjoyed discussions with him at the annual Delegates meetings. He was truly a good soul, and he will be missed - but not forgotten.

Randy Bauer

I was one of Mr. Scott's chess students in Normal. He had a magic about him that inspired the kids he taught to play for love of the game, not for the sake of competition. He is sorely missed.

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