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|Jul-06-15|| ||LucB: Good post <offramp>|
In this video, GM Finegold offers his own tribute. You can tell that it was difficult to do.
|Jul-06-15|| ||Marmot PFL: What he said about throat cancer was no surprise. Our neighbor had that and was also very emaciated and had trouble speaking, and also didn't live very long. Browne lived longer probably because the treatments are better, at least at prolonging life.|
|Jul-09-15|| ||cro777: Walter Browne's best games
In honor of GM Browne, Chess.com staff took a look at his best chess games, including his last game at the 2015 National Open in Las Vegas, played four days before his death.
For the latest issue of Chess Informant (the Informant 124) Browne had annotated two of his recent wins.
|Jul-09-15|| ||OBIT: I find it very odd that so far a specific reason for Browne's death has not been given, only that he died in his sleep. I mention this because prescription drugs have been known to cause death. My aunt, for example, died in her sleep, like Browne. Also like Browne, she had been active just before her death, making her passing totally unexpected. She had been taking Vioxx, a prescription drug that is now known to have caused the deaths of tens of thousands of people. |
So I am asking: Is it known WHY Browne died? Was he, like most Americans his age, taking prescription drugs? Is there a chance one of those drugs is the reason for his death?
|Jul-09-15|| ||perfidious: If an autopsy was performed on the decedent, the cause of death would not yet have been ascertained, fifteen days on.|
Other than three meetings at the board, did not know Browne, so would have no way of knowing what may have brought about his end, nor do I have any interest in speculating over possible causes.
|Jul-09-15|| ||diceman: <OBIT:
So I am asking: Is it known WHY Browne died?>
I heard he had cancer and assumed that was part of the cause.
...but I don't Know the details of his illness.
He certainly looked "thin" during the Seirawan interview.
|Jul-10-15|| ||cro777: Malcolm Pain continues his tribute to Walter Browne:|
"Remarkably, Browne attended the same school as Bobby Fischer, Erasmus High in New York. Like Fischer, Browne dropped out of school to play chess professionally ..."
|Jul-23-15|| ||wrap99: <cro777> There are a few amazing high schools in NYC. Of course Barbra Streisand also went to Erasmus with Bobby where apparently they hung out but there is no evidence of subsequent contact. Other schools with many famous alumni: Bronx HS of Science, Dewitt Clinton, Stuyvesant.|
|Jul-23-15|| ||OBIT: <wrap99> In an interview, Streisand mentioned being aware of Fischer in high school, evidently finding him attractive, but alas, this was unrequited love. When an interviewer mentioned that Barbra Streisand was one of his high school classmates, Fischer's response was, "Iíve heard this. I remember some mousy looking girl. Maybe that was her, I donít know." It's fair to say tact was never one of Fischer's strong suits.|
|Jul-23-15|| ||OBIT: Heh, you can even find this interview segment on the Internet: |
|Jul-24-15|| ||wrap99: <OBIT> I vaguely remember that. I think his antisemitism may have gotten in the way. A shame because she might have been willing to help him at a time when he needed it although perhaps Fischer always had access to help if only he had been willing to take it.|
BTW, didn't Fischer want Browne to be his second or help with analysis at one point? High praise indeed.
|Aug-06-15|| ||offramp: <perfidious: ...Other than three meetings at the board, did not know Browne...>|
Did you really never meet him over the green baize? I read that Browne had career poker tournament winnings of $300,000.
|Aug-06-15|| ||perfidious: <offramp> Only on the 64 squares--never on the felt, as most of my play has been online, not live. He could play a little, though.|
|Aug-08-15|| ||wrap99: <offramp> Browne used to play cards in the Bay Area and he won a bracelet at thw WSOP in seven stud. With all due modesty, it was I who suggested to him that with the sort of memory that a GM has, this was the game (as opposed to holdem) that he should be focusing on. But he also did well in the seniors holdem event several years ago at the WSOP.|
|Aug-08-15|| ||perfidious: <wrap99: <offramp> Browne used to play cards in the Bay Area and he won a bracelet at thw WSOP in seven stud....>|
Browne finished runner-up in a H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2007 WSOP, but never won a WSOP tourney:
|Aug-09-15|| ||wrap99: <perfidious> I may be misremembering. It could have been horse that I was thinking of. Anyhow, he played 7-stud way above average and I was told by the guy who won it years ago that he could think of no way of playing it without remembering every card -- this is something a GM should be able to do.|
|Aug-09-15|| ||Eggman: Oh, I'm just finding out about Browne's passing reading this thread! I read his autobiography "The Stress Of Chess" not long ago. Entertaining.|
|Aug-09-15|| ||perfidious: <wrap99> I would take a bracelet in HORSE over any of the individual games which comprise that discipline.|
|Aug-09-15|| ||harrylime: I'm gutted.
He was one of my heroes starting out in chess.
|Aug-10-15|| ||Granny O Doul: "The Compleat Chess Addict" reported that RJF (as he was then) and Barbara (as she was then) used to swap MAD magazines in the back of the classroom. No source, and likely false, but an amusing thought nonetheless.|
|Aug-11-15|| ||wrap99: <Granny>
Not impossible, at least MM was being published then. Even extraordinary kids still behave like kids sometimes.
|Aug-11-15|| ||perfidious: Good old Mad Magazine--lots of fun satire, back in the day.|
|Aug-11-15|| ||Sally Simpson: Apparently Mad Magazine did a cartoon of the game.
A M Swank vs Fischer, 1956
(see post by 'technical draw' on the 10th September 2010.)
Anybody seen it?
|Aug-12-15|| ||zanzibar: Here's a chess themed cartoon by Don Martin:
(I think it's an animated gif, cycling through the cartoon panels)
Courtesy of Mark Weeks.
|Aug-12-15|| ||Sally Simpson: Hi Zanzibar,
Thanks. It looks like it was originally a strip cartoon and has been GIF'd. It's Don Martin alright the flappy feet were his trademark.
I'll go through my 1956/57 Amercian Chess Mags on CD and see if I can find anything.
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