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Alan Benson
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1964 to 1971
Overall record: +3 -1 =0 (75.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-06-1947, died Jun-10-2015, 67 years old) United States of America

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Alan Benson was born in Oakland and raised in San Leandro, California.

An Intermediate Tournament Director, Alan was originally an over-the-board USCF Master (1971), ICCF Master (1975), and simultaneous blindfold chess expert (up to 10 boards).

He personified Berkeley tournament chess during the post-Fischer era. Some of the many tournaments he directed or helped direct were the Berkeley People's Chess Tournament, the Capps Memorial, the Paul Masson Chess Tournament, Lone Pine, the Calchess Masters Open, Mechanics' Institute Pan Pacific Grandmaster Chess Tournament (San Francisco 1987) and the Pan Pacific Grandmaster Chess Tournament (San Francisco 1991).

Multi-talented Alan ran the SF Bay Area portion of the National Telephone Chess League, Berkeley Riots, from 1976-1979. He was the Director of the East Asia Book & Game Center Chess Club during Fischer's reign. He was also the Director of the UC Berkeley Campus Chess Club from 1976 to 1981, the Games Bulletin Editor of the Lone Pine tournaments from 1976 to 1979, Chess Editor of several East Bay newspaper chess columns (Berkeley Gazette and the Daily Californian), Treasurer and President of the Professional Chess Association (PCA) and the Promotions Coordinator for ProChess from 1979-1980.

Alan (aka User: malthrope) was a frequent visitor around the internet chess community.

Last updated: 2018-08-02 05:13:42

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs A Benson 1-0221964Simul, 50bB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
2. A Benson vs Tarjan  1-0321970Master Invitational 7071C19 French, Winawer, Advance
3. A Benson vs R Caradien  1-0321971Blindfold simul, 5bB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. A Benson vs C Wareham  1-0201971Blindfold simul, 5bB01 Scandinavian
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Jul-11-15  kellmano: Sad news indeed. You could tell by his posts he was a gentle soul. RIP.
Jul-11-15  rogge: A few years since he visited cg, but he'll be remembered as one of the nicest guys around. Sad news.
Jul-11-15  waustad: I'm sorry to hear this. He was still seen occasionally on chessbomb or chess24 earlier this year.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: :(   
Jul-20-15  paderamo: HeHateMe, Here is an article I clipped of one such exhibition:

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  Check It Out: RIP, <malthrope>. I always enjoyed the content and tone of your posts.
Jul-20-15  guaguanco: I knew him back in Berkeley when I was in high school and he helped run the local game shop and was a TD at the Berkeley Chess Club. Great guy, bought a lot of books from him.
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  Check It Out: <Domdaniel: I think Lukey walked into a positional trap with Bxe4. Now he gets one of those very-not-drawn BOOC positions, with the Spider spinning against him.>

<An Englishman: Good Morning: <DomDaniel's> "not very drawn" description is a good one, and puts me in mind of Nimzowitsch's masterpieces in BOOC games.>

<malthrope: Hehehe... I'm thinking "Bronstein" here! ;) Same idea though (BOOC can turnout to be a big plus if...). :)>

<malthropes>'s last post here on CG, displaying his usual kindness.

McShane vs Adams, 2010

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  OhioChessFan: A very kind person and sorely missed. I am amazed it's been over 5 years since he graced the site. I recall vividly his obvious delight when his player page was first put up. I will try to search out the post.
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  OhioChessFan: Silly me, the post in question was on this very player page, back on page 1. Here it is:

<WoW!!! :P

Goodness gracious Batman what's next?!

When did this happen? o_O

OK - think Mal, think.... Now you really gotta organize your best games for download. :)

Your Simul games against Grandmasters, games played with other Masters, ICCF Correspondence games with Masters & Experts from around the world, your Blindfold games played in multiple boards Simultaneous Exhibitions, Blitz games and offhand games you've played against strong opposition (it's a very l-o-n-g list!). ~lol~

OMG - it looks like I won't sleep for a week!!! ~ROFL~

My Best Always, - Mal

(aka: Alan Benson, Malthrope)
Berkeley, CA

PS: <ChessDryad: I've known Alan since 1967. He mentored an entire generation of San Francisco Bay Area chess masters.>

Thanks to my dear old friend Kerry. :) Me thinks there has recently been a bonding conspiracy between <ChessDryad> and <> to pull this off and make it all happen! :D

PPS: <> you devils! ;) Um, there is one small mistake in the bio. I was born in Oakland, CA and then raised in San Leandro, CA. :) In addition I'll supply you with a picture too. ;) >

Aug-10-15  zanzibar: I guess we never got the picture?(
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  WannaBe: Some guy around here gotta have a picture of Alan, could be from 70s or 80s or 90s...

While we are on that subject, maybe more games of his can be found/submitted by others?

And tidy up the bio, looks like one long run-on sentence. Probably written by Alan hisself! =)

Aug-11-15  waustad: He has several pictures on the <malthrope> page. Several have him meeting very famous players or playing blindfolded.
Aug-11-15  twinlark: <WannaBe>

<And tidy up the bio, looks like one long run-on sentence. Probably written by Alan hisself! =)>

Apart from breaking the bio up into paragraphs, the only changes I've made to the bio include shortening a couple of really long sentences, removing some superflous verb fragments and a couple of other very minor changes to make it read more fluently.

If Alan wrote it originally, the changes are minor enough to retain the essential flavour of what he composed.

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  Stonehenge: <maybe more games of his can be found/submitted by others?>

I have submitted two of his wins a while ago.

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  WannaBe: <twinlark> Thanks, my man. Much easier read now. You know us wabbits with short attention span can't handle long paragraphs. =))

<Stonehenge> Time to get on and get those games through the queue.

Aug-12-15  Caissanist: I'm afraid this is going to sound rather morbid, but here goes anyway. Does anyone know what is happening to the contents of Alan's apartment? I don't want to be a vulture, but I am in the Bay Area and I hate the thought of multiple boxes of chess history going into a dumpster. According to his G+ page, he had a lot of game scores that he wanted to upload, apparently that did not happen.
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  WannaBe: <Caissanist> You're in the Bay Area, too?

Here are 2 links that you may find useful:

Berkeley Chess School may have some contact or knowledge of next of kin and what is going on with the estate Alan left behind.

I am not sure if call the phone number listed, or visit the apartment and see the manager, any information can be obtained. (Address is about 1/2 way down the page)

Good luck with your search!

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  Check It Out: <Caissanist> that's a worthy effort to save <malthrope>'s chess artifacts. I hope you succeed!
Aug-12-15  twinlark: <Caissanist> Absolutely! Alan's legacy should be preserved.
Oct-12-15  Lawrence Totaro: I am truly sorry to hear of Alan's passing. We became very good friends in 2004 when I purchased everything he owned regarding Mikhail Tal and most of his Lone Pine 1976 scroresheets. He was a frequent contributor of chess history to my chess collecting websites and I cherished every telephone conversation we had. We always talked about him coming to the National Open here, in Las Vegas, when I invited GM Larry Evans in 2005 but never got around to it. Alan inspired me to collect as much as I possibly could; he was so helpful and insightful. He also had the greatest memory of any player I've ever met. He could recite a game with commentary from a book including the publication year, author and sometimes, the page number! Of all the chess memorabilia I purchased from his collection, the one item that is most dear to my heart is a birthday card he sent me. That motivated me to do my best and I hope that this comment is a testament to his greatness not only regarding chess but as a fascinating, respectful and witty soul. Rest in peace my dear friend. I will dearly miss you.
May-04-16  virginmind: Rest in peace <malthrope> sad to find out about your passing away. You will be remembered by many here as a very good and joyful person, a tonic presence and a true friend.
Oct-05-16  brankat: It is only today that I found about Alan's passing. We were good friends, and I feel very much saddened.
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  Stonehenge: A bunch of photos Alan took:

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  MissScarlett: <Chess Voice> had a report by Jude Acers of Benson's blindfold simul in a Californian correctional facility in February 1971:

I added both games.

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