|Dec-05-10|| ||wordfunph: In the 10th American Open, 12-year-old Perry Youngworth from Riverside, California won the Amateur Section with a blistering 7.5/8 and went home with $500 and a trophy.|
|Jun-05-12|| ||GrahamClayton: Did Youngworth give up competitive chess in his late teens?|
|Jun-05-12|| ||OhioChessFan: I did find this shoutout he made to Judit in 2003.
|Oct-30-12|| ||Infohunter: I played against Youngworth at a simul at the University of California, Riverside, in 1981. That was an exciting one for me because he made an inexact move and almost threw away the win he had against me. He just barely managed to pull it off.|
Only other time I saw him was at the US Open in Pasadena, California in 1983, as he was playing against Nick DeFirmian. Funny his game record should stop at 1981.
|Mar-14-13|| ||14DogKnight: <Infohunter: I played against Youngworth at a simul at the University of California, Riverside, in 1981.>|
I too, played Perry at that same simul at UCR. We may know each other. Rinzou
|Mar-14-13|| ||14DogKnight: I don't know why Perry gave up chess. He had such tremendous talent. At the age of 16, he won the American Open. I used to watch him play IM David J Strauss in blitz all the time at the Riverside Chess Club. He destroyed David, who was California State Champion. There is no doubt in my mind Perry would've made IM and maybe even GM had he continued. I use to get lessons from him too. He was a very nice guy.|
|May-29-13|| ||Caissanist: The US produced dozens of Perry Younworths in the seventies and early eighties in Fischer's wake--very strong teenagers who either became GMs or could easily have done so had they kept at it. Most of them quit playing competitively when they decided to make a living doing something else.|
|Jun-03-13|| ||14DogKnight: Oh, is that what happened? Thank you for clearing that up! ;)|
|Apr-19-14|| ||Bartacus: Perry was indeed very strong; it's a shame his win against Browne isn't in here. I played against him in two FIDE Futurities, and he won both games effortlessly.|
|May-21-15|| ||wrap99: I knew him in the late 1970s. No trace of arrogance as I saw with other junior players who were on their way up -- he was a polite kid who was nice to everyone. I hope he is doing well and would be curious what he is up to nowadays.|
|May-21-15|| ||Howard: Me, too ! He made the cover of Chess Life and Review back in the summer of 1977 for winning the national junior high championship. The winners of the high school and also the elementary championships were also pictured.|
|May-21-15|| ||HeMateMe: "Perry Youngworth, Riverside, USA
Congratulations Judit, Ever since you broke on the international chess scene some years ago you have changed people's perception of what women can accomplish in chess. Before you, it seemed that the belief was that women could get very good, but not reach the top levels. But through enormous talent, lots of hard work, and an aggressive playing style, you have completely changed this perception. Not only are you the best female player in history, you are close to being the best player for either gender in the game right now. Good luck to you in your future tournaments and matches and I look forward to seeing you compete in the world championship someday!"
Riverside Cal.? Maybe he has a Facebook page?
|May-21-15|| ||wrap99: Some juniors of that time did well in other things after leaving chess almost completely (although some came back to it). I can think of one junior who was in prison for financial fraud; one who is bond trader; one who opened a very successful restaurant near a UC. I am open to guesses/questions about who for at least the non-criminals. I saw Perry's post to Judit, I think it dates from 2003.|
|May-21-15|| ||Howard: The bond trader might be Norman Weinstein I suspect.|
|May-21-15|| ||wrap99: Norman was not really of Perry's generation of juniors; moreover, there were many bond traders who probably started out as good chess players. Norman did have something to do with that -- I met Maxim Dlugy in an elevator at my company; he had been recruited by Weinstein in a program aimed at young masters.|
|May-21-15|| ||HeMateMe: who is Weinstein?|
|May-21-15|| ||perfidious: <HMM> Norman Weinstein was quite a strong player.|
USCF sent Norman, as well as Art Bisguier, to our school in Burlington, Vermont in 1974-75, where they gave simuls. Was quite a treat.
In the seventies, Norman often played at Lone Pine and usually scored solidly; had opportunities been more plentiful, or certainly had he chosen to play full-time in Europe, he should have made GM.
'Twas well-nigh impossible to make the title on this side of the Atlantic in those days.
|May-21-15|| ||HeMateMe: Not too many folks in Vermont. You had enough serious chess players to warrant a high level simul appearance? Impressive.|
|May-21-15|| ||perfidious: <HMM> Starting in 1972, there was a thriving club in Burlington, fuelled by one at the junior high in town. Four of us youngsters comprised the side which won the National HS team event in 1977 in Cleveland. Our third board beat top seed Yasser Seirawan in the event; his team (Garfield HS of Seattle) was a contender. In the last round, I beat one of the lower boards from Garfield in a crucial match as all four of us won to come from behind.|
|May-21-15|| ||cwcarlson: He has a FB page: https://www.facebook.com/perry.youn.... Pretty sure this is his since once of his friends (John Dodge) has two mutual chess friends with me. I last saw PW at the 1979 American Open. I also wonder what he's up to nowadays, maybe he'll pull a Jim Tarjan and come out of retirement!|
|Jun-23-18|| ||wrap99: Here's a blast from the past: https://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/15/...|
I would like to mention Caissanist said about dozens of strong teens of Perry's era who could have become GMs "easily" -- I think very few people become one easily and how many players who dedicated their lives to the game became IMs but not GMs.
|Jun-23-18|| ||Howard: No doubt I'm not the only one who remembers Perry Youngworth. He got his picture in CL&R back in early 1975, as I recall, when he was only about 13. And, like I mentioned earlier on this page, he made the cover back in the summer of 1977.|