|Jan-07-14|| ||Benzol: The man who saved the Fischer - Spassky match in 1972.|
|Feb-26-14|| ||Tabanus: "Jim" Slater?|
|Feb-26-14|| ||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: http://www.jimslater.org.uk/views/c...|
|Feb-26-14|| ||HeMateMe: The real Jim.|
|Jan-01-15|| ||Benzol: He is also a children's author.|
|Mar-13-15|| ||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.”
|Jul-09-15|| ||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.
|Jul-09-15|| ||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.|
|Nov-22-15|| ||offramp: RIP Jim Slater. Born March 13th 1929, died November 18th 2015, aged 86.|
Obituary in London Times, Saturday November 21 2015, page 84.
|Mar-13-16|| ||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.|
|Dec-23-16|| ||diagonal: <Caissanist> many thanks! Slater was one of the most powerful private patrons (Maecenas) in chess history.|