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|Apr-05-17|| ||perfidious: It is most unfortunate that, for many players, Bisguier's reputation rested largely on his record against Bobby Fischer; for he was so much more than that.|
When Art was awarded the GM title in 1957, per his obituary, he was the 39th player to be so named.
While Bisguier's taste for the byways of theory and disdain for well-trodden lines in the first half of his career probably was responsible for his coming in for the occasional defeat at the hands of a much weaker player, he could also take off a stronger opponent with such an unorthodox approach.
By the time I came to know Art, his tastes had shifted to fairly rock-solid stuff, he being the only GM to regularly employ the Berlin Wall for a good many years, long before Kramnik's advocacy spurred it to tremendous popularity at the very highest levels.
Art's greatest contribution to the game here in USA was undoubtedly as a roving ambassador for USCF. In this capacity, he visited numerous schools and clubs.
Most of all, by friend and foe alike, Art will be remembered as a decent man, for all his aggression at the board.
|Apr-05-17|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Arthur Bisguier.|
|Apr-05-17|| ||zanzibar: Bolyston CC has a notice with a couple few later photos:|
The passing of both Dondis and Bisguier marks the end of an era for Boston area chess.
|Apr-06-17|| ||HeMateMe: art played a simul against my college team years ago. I couldn't play because I had to work that afternoon. He pretty much mowed everyone down, I was told.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||zanzibar: <Ten Tips to Winning Chess by International Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier (2007)>|
|Apr-06-17|| ||Infohunter: I saw him at the US Open in Pasadena in 1983. R.I.P. GM Bisguier.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||RookFile: <perfidious: By the time I came to know Art, his tastes had shifted to fairly rock-solid stuff, he being the only GM to regularly employ the Berlin Wall for a good many years, long before Kramnik's advocacy spurred it to tremendous popularity at the very highest levels. >|
That was my impression as well. I watched him play from a nearby board at a US Open once. He knew his rock solid openings, and banged out the moves like he was on auto pilot. His goal seemed to be to get some random endgame position against his opponent, and then just find a way to win. It seemed to work out for him in the rounds I watched. It's possible he was taking a long term view of the tournament and saving up his creative energies for when he needed to play the tough guys.
|Apr-06-17|| ||piltdown man: Farewell to another legend.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||perfidious: <RookFile>, sounds about right: the last we met, in New York 1992, I was White in an Exchange QGD, and we both reeled off the first fourteen or so moves in nothing flat.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||Joshka: Met him for the first time in 1987 at The US Open. This might have been my first meeting with a GM other than Yasser. Kind of felt like I did when I was growing up and got to meet real Major League Baseball Players!;-) Big smile on his face warm and gracious, easy going. If first impressions mean something then he was a stand up guy!!|
|Apr-06-17|| ||Strelets: Rest in peace, Grandmaster Bisguier.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||alexmagnus: At death he was the third oldest living grandmaster. The new top 3 is Averbakh, Benko, Matanovic.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||LucB: Sad news. Condolences to his loved ones.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||Eastfrisian: Another sad loss. RIP Master Bisguir.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||paulalbert: A great loss to the chess world! Arthur was for many years the judge for the Brilliancy Prizes I gave for the men's and women's U.S. Chess Championship, a job he took very seriously, requiring some significant analysis time in the pre computer era. May he rest in peace.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||Howard: He was a cousin of Raymond Weinstein's, according to Andrew Soltis. Weinstein is probably still institutionalized I suspect.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||Gottschalk: We Brazilians will always remember his victory against IM Eugênio German. Bisguier was strong in every phase of play!|
E German vs Bisguier, 1962
R.I.P. GM Bisguier
|Apr-07-17|| ||zanzibar: USchess has a nice article on Bisguier, including a Feb 1947 Chess Review cover:|
And also this quote from Kenneth Harkness:
<‘As friendly as a puppy, Art Bisguier doesn’t have an enemy in the world. If he cannot say something nice about you, Art doesn’t say anything. He bubbles over with enthusiasm for chess and chessplayers. it is no effort for Art to win friends and influence people. It is a natural gift.”>
|Apr-08-17|| ||Chessinfinite: RIP GM Bisguier.|
|Apr-09-17|| ||zanzibar: His local obituary - mostly for family (from the Boston Globe via legacy.com):|
(He is listed as living in Wellesley, though he died at a facility in Framingham)
A more chess oriented obit, from the Scotsman:
|Apr-09-17|| ||keypusher: <zanzibar> Thank you for those links. I have to say, did the Scotsman (actually the New York Times, I guess) really have to spend half the obit talking about Bisguier's record against Bobby Fischer?|
I enjoyed the USchess link, and especially the games. <RookFile> said you could checkmate a lot of people following Bisguier's plan in Bisguier vs Larsen, 1965. I suspect the same is true of some of the games at the link.
It's startling to see Tony Miles, even in 1973, with a 2280 rating. Ratings in the 1970s were very different than now...
|Apr-12-17|| ||wordfunph: rest in peace, GM Bisguier..|
|Apr-12-17|| ||TheFocus: I have both of his games collections.
|Jul-03-17|| ||bubuli55: REst In Peace, GM Bisguier|
|Jul-03-17|| ||Howard: One rather interesting tidbit of trivia about Bisguier was that he was the only player to draw ALL of his games in a U.S. championship---1975.|
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