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Years covered: 1960 to 1964
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(born Aug-13-1920, died Oct-21-1982) United States of America
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|Edmund "Ed" Edmondson was a major figure in the rise in popularity of organized chess in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, and in particular in the ascent of Robert James Fischer to the World Championship. A former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Edmondson served as President of the United States Chess Federation (USCF)from 1963 to 1966 and its Executive Director from 1966 to 1977. He made great efforts to ensure Fischer's participation in the 1972 world championship cycle. This included clearing the way for Fischer to participate in the 1970 Palma de Mallorca Interzonal despite not having played in the US Championship zonal qualifier, serving as Fischer's manager during the 1971 Candidates' Matches, and working on Fischer's behalf in Reykjavik in 1972.|
The Federation prospered greatly in the aftermath of the championship match, with membership exceeding 70,000 members in 1973, compared to fewer than 12,000 six years earlier. Edmondson used the money generated from the "Fischer boom" to institute new federation programs, including several international tournaments and many youth tournaments designed to develop young players. He also attempted to negotiate terms for Fischer to defend his title but was unable to broker an agreement between Fischer and FIDE, which led to Fischer's default of the title to Anatoly Karpov in 1975. After the default, the USCF faced severe financial pressures in the wake of declining membership. Edmondson's management came under criticism, and he retired as Executive Director in 1977. In retirement, he served as one of the arbiters in the Karpov-Korchnoi championship match in 1978.
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