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|Jun-12-06|| ||RookFile: He was a good player who had a lot of clever ideas.|
|Aug-26-06|| ||WTHarvey: Here are some critical positions from his games: http://www.wtharvey.com/byrd.html|
|Nov-18-06|| ||GrandPatzerSCL: 1981, huh??|
|Nov-18-06|| ||Caissanist: The 1980 and 1981 games are almost certainly from Robert Byrne; he played in all three of the mentioned tournaments. I have submitted this as a correction suggestion.|
|Nov-19-06|| ||IMlday: Before there were World Opens the big July 1-4th tournament was the Atlantic Open in New York. In '68 D. Byrne and I shared first at 7-1 although he won our individual game. He was the US Captain for the '68 Olympiad but Fischer quit at the last minute and Donald was conscripted to play.|
|Jun-12-07|| ||timhortons: donald happy birthday...chess world owes a lot to you....youre name well be etched in the chess books for generations to come|
|Jun-12-09|| ||Once: It is a little cruel of fate that for most of us Donald Byrne belongs to the "Washington Generals" club of players who are more famous for losing than winning. This is a shame because he played some fine chess. Strange that he had such an aversion to 1.e4 and 2...e5 though...|
|Jun-12-09|| ||WhiteRook48: a little cruel that he's only known for "The Game of the Century"|
|Jun-12-09|| ||Tessie Tura: <a little cruel that he's only known for "The Game of the Century">|
If you're going to suffer a famous loss in an immortal game to a kid, it might as well be Fischer.
A family member of mine had lupus and it's a terrible, debilitating disease. Flannery O'Connor had it and died at a younger age than Byrne.
|Jun-12-09|| ||HeMateMe: Didn't he die of lung cancer? Thats how I read about it years ago, he was a chain smoker at a very young age.|
|Oct-02-09|| ||Caissanist: While he was in fact a heavy smoker, his obituary in Chess Life said it was Lupus. He suffered from that disease for about the last 15 years of his life. |
If you look at chessmetrics he seems to have been as good as his brother, or perhaps a bit better, until he got sick.
|May-02-10|| ||wordfunph: Donald Byrne, a strong American amateur and coach of the 1950 and '60s, recommended that players always think about their ositions mentally when away from the board. In this way you often "see" a move that your mind blocked out when you last examined the position
with your eyes.
(Source: The Inner Game of Chess by Andy Soltis)
|Jun-12-10|| ||talisman: happy birthday donald.|
|Jan-05-11|| ||wordfunph: 1969 U.S. Chess Championship:
Donald Byrne, the gentleman chess master, played under duress; as an associate professor of English Literature at Penn State, he was seen grading papers during the tournament.
|Jun-12-12|| ||ketchuplover: RIP!!|
|Jun-12-12|| ||talisman: happy birthday donald.|
|Jun-12-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: I see the Seirawan story of brotherly love hasn't made the page yet! Well, good reason.|
Donald was playing Robert. Donald was in bad time trouble and in bad need of the washroom. Robert had ample time to let Donald go. But Robert said to Donald: " You s___ on your own time!"
|Jun-12-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: IM Donald Byrne, today you are remembered!
|Jun-12-12|| ||HeMateMe: Most famous for a game he had with Fischer.|
|Jun-12-13|| ||brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Byrne.|
|Jun-12-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Donald Byrne, probably most famous for being on the wrong side of a famous game.|
|Apr-08-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, Donald Byrne.|
|Jun-13-18|| ||Troller: Bent Larsen wrote the following in his article on the Las Palmas tournament 1976:|
<The show must go on
During the tournament Robert Byrne was informed that his brother Donald was very ill and one day later that he had passed away. We observed a minute of silence, Robert wanted to play. He did not play well that day which is no big surprise.
The youngest of the strongest brother-couple in the chess world lived to be 44 years. The last twenty years of his life he knew that his chances of living much longer were very slim, despite progresses in medicine. He had the horrible disease lupus and had it not been for cortisone he would probably not have made it to 30. But when one met him one got the impression of a robust and happy guy. He was widely popular, several times captain of the US team at olympiads. The last year or so his kidneys failed, he started dialysis but decided on trying for a transplant even though the risk was very big in his case. The transplant seemed to have worked well but one and a half months later the complications did come.>
|Jun-13-18|| ||rgr459: His appearance in that picture is consistent with a patient taking high doses of corticosteroids (e.g. cortisone).|
|Jun-13-18|| ||MissScarlett: And doughnuts.|
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