|Aug-18-10|| ||miguelito: RIP master craig|
|Aug-19-10|| ||whiteshark: RIP User: Craigokat|
|Aug-19-10|| ||timothee3331: Rest in Peace, qu'il Repose en Paix, Requiescat in Pace !|
|Aug-19-10|| ||Birthday Boy: Rest in Peace, Craig Van Tilbury =(|
|Aug-19-10|| ||asianwarrior: He won a goldmedal for board 1 in Thessaloniki Olympiad not even one of his games is in chessgames.com.
We should remember him in those memorabke moments.|
|Aug-19-10|| ||TheRavenPK: To die on the 13th Friday..
|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: