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|Aug-19-10|| ||theodor: c'est toujours les meilleurs, qui s'en vont les premiers!|
|Aug-19-10|| ||SteinitzLives: Back in the mid-1970s Craig used to hang out at the NOVA chess club in Annandale, VA. Kind and soft-spoken, he also had a delightful sense of humor, he lived an exciting life and seemingly on his own terms, a good model for those of us valuing independence. Farewell Craig.|
|Aug-19-10|| ||Craigs student: Steinitz, sounds like Craig hadn't changed much since then. Still was exceedingly kind, generous, and brilliant. An unbearable loss, truly.|
|Aug-29-10|| ||johnlspouge: One on the most interesting people I never met...
Gotta love the shirt :)
|Aug-29-10|| ||Once: I have often thought that a chess game is an allegory for life.|
We are all born equal, just as the starting position is always the same. But what we do with that life is our choice. Exciting or dull, a masterpiece or a patzer's hack, sacrificial attack or positional squeeze - how we live our life, how we play the game, that is down to the personal decisions that we make.
The opening is our childhood, when we grow and develop. To some it may seem like a boring phase that they just want to race through. But it sets the pattern for the rest of the game.
And then the middlegame, our adult lives. Now we are in our prime, with a board full of pieces and anything is possible.
Finally comes the endgame and old age. We are slower now, and the reduced number of pieces on the board remind us of the friends we have lost, and the physical attributes that we are gradually losing.
All games end. Win, lose or draw, eventually comes the time to put the pieces back into the box, pack away the chess board, put the clocks and scoresheets back in the cupboard. Then it's time to leave the club and discover that in the three hours we have been here it has become late evening, cool and darkening as the light fades.
Just like the game we have been playing, and the lives that we lead, each day too presents us with a cycle from dawn to dusk.
Rest in peace Craig. 53 was way too soon to turn your king over. But what a life to have lived!
|Aug-29-10|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Wow. This fellow is deceased????
I am not being disrespectful, just terribly , horribly shocked!!!!!
I met him several times. (Once in D.C., once in New York, and again at one of the "islands" tournaments.)
I just cannot believe that he is already gone, he was only a year or so older than me ...
|Aug-29-10|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Rest in peace, man.
I enjoyed your chess game today.
|Aug-29-10|| ||LIFE Master AJ: C Van Tilbury vs A Zapata, 1980|
|Aug-29-10|| ||TheChessGuy: Born in Cedar Rapids, IA, my hometown! Surprised that no one around here really mentions him...|
|Aug-29-10|| ||kramputz: <Once: I have often thought that a chess game is an allegory for life.> These are some of the most beautiful words I've ever heard about chess. All your comments are great and worth reading.
|Aug-29-10|| ||jrlepage: RIP Mr. Tilbury
@<Once> Beautiful pen, as always. I hope you will some day write a novel, a biography, anything. I'll surely buy everything you will publish. A rare talent.
|Sep-05-10|| ||Craigokat: Hello. this is Craig's wife/partner, Annie.
SO wonderful to hear such kind words from everyone. I especially enjoyed Once's Chess eulogy. I miss him terribly and I am sad for our 1 yr old daughter, as she will never know him first hand.
Thank you to everyone...
|Sep-05-10|| ||Gejewe: Unbelievable bad news.. Craig visited the Netherlands back in january 1983 and - stuck in the same hotel in Wijk aan Zee - we had a lot of friendly conversations together with a Belgian chessfriend Daniel van Heirzele. About all kind of topics, like the origin of his name which sounds like having Dutch roots (Tilburg is a Dutch city and in former centuries there were several American cities or villages founded with Americanized Dutch names). Craig helped me unconditionally to contact his chessfriend Eugene Meyer when I asked him - and I was only one of the very many chessplayers he must have spoken through the years.
A kind and social man, and it is a pity 1983 was the first, and last opportunity to meet him. My condolences to his family and friends.|
|Sep-07-10|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Sep-05-10
<Craigokat: Hello. this is Craig's wife/partner, Annie.
SO wonderful to hear such kind words from everyone. I especially enjoyed Once's Chess eulogy. I miss him terribly and I am sad for our 1 yr old daughter, as she will never know him first hand. Thank you to everyone... >
All my heartfelt thoughts for a good life ... Carry on, carry on. (I know its going to be hard, but you have to try. I don't think Craig was the kind of guy who would want you to quit.)
I knew him peripherally ... which is - to be honest - not very well.
I think I know some of your pain, my wife died of cancer January 13th, 2010.
|Aug-19-11|| ||Everyone: On a long enough timeline the survival rate for <Everyone> drops to zero.|
|Jan-18-12|| ||uragano: This is an online interview of Craig in the january 2010 on www.openchesscup.altervista.org|
|Jan-19-12|| ||GrahamClayton: Nice obituary here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/obitua...|
Here is an example of his guitar playing:
|Aug-09-14|| ||technical draw: I hadn't heard about Craig van Tilbury's death until today. We had some misunderstandings while we were both in the Virgin Islands but I respected him both as a chess player and a musician. RIP|
|Aug-09-14|| ||technical draw: I believe I was thrown out of a party where Van Tilbury was jamming with a friend of mine on piano. I got kicked out for being an obnoxious drunk!|
|Aug-12-14|| ||technical draw: As more memories pop up I think Craig was a company man. And I think the piano player kicked me out of the party before Craig kicked my behind (and I don't mean in chess!).|
|Aug-12-14|| ||Strongest Force: I remember back at least 30 years. Me Craig and GM Fed were drinking at a bar. It was the first time I talked with Craig. Actually, Fed was doing all the talking. He was telling us that we could make it just like him. Fed was/is a nice guy.|
|Aug-12-14|| ||perfidious: <SF> Remember meeting the Fed at the 1978 Hartford Open, while preparing to get waxed by my first titled opponent (Sal Matera). As you say, nice guy--it was a pleasure talking with him.|
|Aug-12-14|| ||technical draw: I remember more of that great party. We were jamming. It was Eddie Gomez on keyboards, van Tilbury on guitar and TD on booze. I was kicked out (or shown the door) and I walked to my apartment a distance away. Then I realized I had gone to the party in a company car and had to walk back (uphill!) to retrieve the car. Great days!|
|Jun-02-15|| ||AnnieLyon: I am happy to announce that the Pinellas Academy of Math and Science in Clearwater, FL will be dedicating their newly constructed Chess library (filled with most all of Craig's books from his very old and private collection) will be dedicated in his name tomorrow June 2, 2015. Bill Otten, the academy's chess instructor, who also happens to be musician, graciously took them off my hands so that they could be put to good use by young and hungry minds. Craig would have approved. In fact, I'm sure he would have said, "You chose wisely, Little One." I still have more books, old chess mags, some dating back from the early 70's and every catalog from every chess tourney he attended. The man NEVER threw anything away.|
|Jun-02-15|| ||Granny O Doul: Nice guy. Gave the Marshall Chess Club the photo of Leslie Braun (which I suppose he took) they have on their wall.|
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