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USCF Affairs February


Susan started as a USCF employee in February, 2005. For those of you who remember the phrase “gal Friday,” Susan is ours! Working in our accounting department, not only does she take care of daily accou- ting duties including invoicing advertisers with USCF publications, she also assists in the membership/ratings department with the processing of memberships, inputtting tournaments, and assisting organizers with getting set up in our TD/Affiliate area of Susan just recently added overseeing the Junior Grand Prix, Grand Prix and chess coach program to her duties. Susan is very active in the Cumberland County Chess Club with running chess events and inputting the tournaments and memberships. We are delighted with and proud of the dedication that Susan shows to the USCF and all of our mem- bers and organizers.

USCF Remembers

ART WANG: 1942-2011 By JIM EADE

Art Wang passed away on Monday, December 12, 2011. The cause of death was esophageal cancer. Art was a chess master when chess masters were few and far between. He was born in Chungking, China

in June of 1942. He came to the United States in 1946 with his mother and older brother, Harvey. His father stayed behind as head of security for Chiang Kai-shek. His father did not survive the year. Things were difficult for Mrs. Wang, who had lost everything but a small inheri- tance. They ended up in Berkeley, California, where Art grew up. Art learned to play chess at a Koltanowski

chess festival in Sonoma. Koltanowski was an extremely active chess promoter, and there was always someplace to play chess in northern California when Art was a kid. He became a regular at the Berkeley YMCA, and later at the Mechan- ics’ Institute of San Francisco. Art participated in the 1957 U.S. Jun-

ior, which was won by Bobby Fischer. Art later won the California Junior Champi- onship in 1960. Art considered a 1960 Mechanics’ tournament to be his best ever. He tied for first with Bill Addison, who later became one of the leading players in the United States. Art enlisted in the Army in 1962, got

married and started a family. He returned to chess as a member of the famous Cas- tle Club in the late 1960s. Members would take turns hosting events in their homes, and Art recalled those days fondly. Those were good memories, in part, because he won or was co-champion of the club nine times. Art’s other main hobby was golf. He

was not very good at golf (one mutual friend said it was more like watching polo) but he was very good at betting. Whenever he was behind, he would offer a new bet, and more often than not would figure out a way to break even, if not come out ahead. The following game was played against another promising junior player at the time. The two players remained friends to the very end.

Queen’s Gambit Declined (D30) Art Wang Don Sutherland Oakland YMCA Invitational, 1960

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 c6 5. Nbd2 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Nxc4 b5 8. Nce5 Bb7 9. 0-0 Bd6 10. a3 0-0 11. e4 Qc7 12. Nxd7 Nxd7 13. e5 Be7 14. Ng5 g6 15. b4 a5 16. Rb1 axb4 17. axb4 Nb6 18. Qg4 Nd5 19. Ne4 Rfd8 20. Bg5 Ra4 21. Qh4 Rda8 22. Bc2 R4a7 23. Bb3 Bxg5 24. Nxg5 h5 25. Bxd5 cxd5 26. Qf4 Qe7 27. g4 hxg4 28. f3 g3 29. Qxg3 Kg7 30. h4 Ra2 31. h5 Rh8 32. hxg6 Rhh2 33. f4 fxg6 34. Rfc1 Ba8 35. Rc5 Bb7 36. Rbc1 Rag2+ 37. Qxg2 Rxg2+ 38. Kxg2 Kg8 39. Rh1, Black resigned.


Bob Donaldson with his son Robert

Bob Donaldson, a long-time New Jersey chess leader, died at the age of 91. Bob was active in the Wilmington YMCA Chess Club in the ’50s and ’60s before moving to Toms River, New Jersey and starting the Toms River Chess Club in 1964. Bob was instru- mental in representing New Jersey to the USCF and attended many delegate meetings and U.S. Opens. He was active in chess up until nine years ago as illness prevented him from going to tournaments and clubs. Bob promoted chess in a small shore

community and the club that he founded eventually grew to 200 plus members and was one of the largest chess clubs in the country. Through the 1980s Bob stayed involved with the club on its advi- sory board. He was a gracious and kind man that loved chess and will be long remembered by all who touched this knight of our royal game.

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