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James D Slater
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Years covered: 1947

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(born Mar-13-1929, died Nov-18-2015, 86 years old) United Kingdom

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James Derrick Slater, better known as Jim Slater, was an English accountant, investor and business writer. Slater became a well-known chess patron in the 1970s, when he stepped in to double the prize fund of the Fischer-Spassky world championship match at a time when Fischer was threatening not to play, thereby enabling the match to go forward. Afterwards he provided significant financial backing for the development of young British players, many of whom later contributed to Britain becoming one of the world's strongest chess countries in the 1980s.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Slater vs P C Tomlin  ½-½241947London, EnglandA00 Uncommon Opening

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  Benzol: The man who saved the Fischer - Spassky match in 1972.
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  Tabanus: "Jim" Slater?
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  Benzol: <Tabanus> <"Jim" Slater?>



Feb-26-14  Nosnibor: Was he the one of the founder members of Slater Walker Securities ?
Feb-26-14  RedShield: To me he'll always be Big Jim. He was even name checked in <Steptoe and Son>. Has his own website:
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  HeMateMe: The real Jim.
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  Benzol: He is also a children's author.
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  Benzol: Happy Birthday.


Jul-09-15  Tomlinsky: Fischer finally agreed to play when the British millionaire financier Jim Slater stepped in to double the prize to a quarter of a million dollars, an act of generosity for which he was never thanked.

"Fischer is known to be graceless, rude, possibly insane. I really don't worry about that, because I didn't do it for that reason,"

"I didn't do it because he was polite; I didn't do it because he was graceful. I did it because he was going to challenge the Russian supremacy, and it was good for chess".

I was driving into London early one Monday morning in mid-July feeling disappointed that after all this build-up Fischer might not be taking on Spassky, when it suddenly occurred to me that I could easily afford the extra prize money personally. As well as providing me with a fascinating spectacle for the next few weeks it would give chess players throughout the world enormous pleasure for the match to proceed.

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  diceman: <British millionaire financier Jim Slater stepped in to double the prize to a quarter of a million dollars, an act of generosity for which he was never thanked.>

...sounds like he's "milked it" for decades.

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  AylerKupp: <diceman> Yes, and he will probably continue to "milk it" until the day he dies. Why not? As he said, he could easily afford it. So for a person in that position $ 125K is a cheap way to get substantial ego gratification. But, since he apparently saved the match (or at least removed one of the obstacles in the path of it happening), I think that it is all of us who should be thanking him.
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  offramp: RIP Jim Slater. Born March 13th 1929, died November 18th 2015, aged 86.

Obituary in London Times, Saturday November 21 2015, page 84.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jim Slater.
Mar-13-16  Caissanist: I have added a few lines to his bio to cover his chess patronage of the 1970s, any feedback is welcome.
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  diagonal: <Caissanist> many thanks! Slater was one of the most powerful private patrons (Maecenas) in chess history.
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