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|Aug-16-06|| ||Resignation Trap: Right, White missed a forced mate in 7.|
|Apr-20-09|| ||Dredge Rivers: Kim Commons. What a tragedy! :)|
|Mar-15-10|| ||dzechiel: Kim Commons. I played (and lost) my first game of 5-minute chess against Kim Commons back in 1969.|
|Jul-23-10|| ||wordfunph: with his collection of GM scalps, Kim Commons is undoubtedly a GM-caliber player.|
|Jul-23-11|| ||TheBish: I had a friend who knew Kim Commons, and he told me he was a GM, so I just took it on face value all these years that he was! Maybe he meant he was GM-caliber, don't know. My friend told me Kim quit chess to make money in real estate (back when it was quite lucrative).|
|Oct-03-11|| ||waustad: Tragedy? Lots of people leave chess as a profession. It isn't that easy making a living playing a board game.|
|Jan-15-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <kevin86: <perfidious> They could have been married in Korea,where Kim is the most common name.>|
Ladies and gentlemen ... give it up for the stylings of Kim and Kim Kim!
|Jul-19-14|| ||Howard: Commons was quoted in a 1982 issue of "Chess Life" as saying, "I'm still excited about chess--it's just that I'm more excited at real estate."|
More specifically, Commons went into real estate around 1976 or so, largely through his mother's influence--she'd been in real estate for some time. For a few years, Commons was juggling both professional chess and also building a real estate clientele. He apparently became pretty successful at the latter---he made a six-figure income at it for a couple years in a row back when that aforementioned quote appeared.
In other words, Commons--like countless other promising young American players--decided that making your living from chess was just too difficult, and that he needed to find another vocation.
For the record, his victory over Grefe in the 1975 U.S. championship was definitely one of his best games. He thoroughly analyzed it for Chess Life and Review, back in early 1976.
|Nov-19-14|| ||Chessnutty: Does anyone know the whereabouts of Kim Ellen Commons, formerly married to Kim S Commons?|
|Nov-20-14|| ||HeMateMe: I thought that was Common knowledge?|
|Jun-30-15|| ||naisortep: Kim Commons
Courtesy of Club Red
Members of the local music scene are in mourning today after the sudden death of the owner of a prominent Valley music venue.
Kim Commons, owner of Club Red in Mesa, passed away Tuesday night after suffering a major stroke over the weekend. He was 63.
Commons, who originally opened Club Red in Tempe in 2005, helped the venue become one of the hubs of the city's music scene as he shepherded it through a decade filled with ups and downs, personal and professional losses, and a tumultuous move to a new home in Mesa last year.
|Jun-30-15|| ||Howard: First, Browne...and now Commons ! Damn, but for someone who has been a USCF member for 40 years, as of this year, this truly hurts !|
|Jun-30-15|| ||WannaBe: I wonder if Club Red would nice enough to allow CG to use that photo. Sad to learn of his passing. =(|
|Jun-30-15|| ||Murky: i lived in the same student dormitory with Kim Commons at UCLA in 1970-1971. He spent a lot more time with chess than he did getting his degree in physics. He won local tournaments in the Los Angeles area, won the California state championship, soon got his IM title, then played in the US championship and in European tournaments. In the mid to late 70s he stopped just short of becoming a GM, flipping over to a career in real estate. He had nice wins over Browne and Reshevsky; worth finding those games. He missed an opportunity to mate Gligoric in two moves.|
Those were the days without chess playing computers and without chess databases, when Chess Informant was the very best source of current chess knowledge. Kim would avidly consume Chess Informant literature, and his knowledge of opening theory was particularly sharp.
I remember one occasion when I helped Kim promote his chess career. He designed a flyer, offering chess lessons and describing himself as the current California state champion. We then drove around posh areas of LA stuffing mail boxes with his flyer. I didn't think anything good would come of it, but soon he's telling me about giving chess lessons to David Crosby and other West Coast musicians. Crosby said it was, "like taking batting lessons from Micky Mantle".
Kim's life after chess is pretty obscure to me. Here is an obituary giving some detail:
|Jun-30-15|| ||Howard: Probably his biggest accomplishment was winning the gold medal for board 6 at the 1976 Olympiad. The irony was that the late Walter Browne's ego was the only reason Commons made the team that year ~!|
|Sep-09-15|| ||wrap99: <Howard> Was it that Browne refused to play?|
|Sep-11-16|| ||siggemannen: Browne wanted first board or nothing, and he got it...|
Commons' 76 must've been one of the best "streaks" ever? Three tourneys won, plus great showing in the Olympics. Why did he quit?
|Sep-11-16|| ||perfidious: <siggemannen> The post by <Murky>, just after Commons' death, is about all the information with which I am familiar.|
Got to chat briefly with Kim on ICC some years ago; no airs about him, just a reasonable guy. A pleasure.
|Sep-11-16|| ||Murky: Why did Commons quit chess? On one occasion Kim told me he didn't like living out of a suitcase. Too much time on the road. Deprivation of home comforts. Jet lag. Starting a family might have anchored Kim a bit. And then there is the issue of making a decent living. Only the top GMs roll in dough. Lesser GMs struggle. Kim was able to switch over to a career in real estate, thanks in part to his mother, who was a real estate professional. I don't yet get how Kim transitioned into managing a bar and concert venue in Phoenix. Read that he had gone through a difficult divorce, and maybe that's what propelled him out of California and into Arizona, I'm not sure. I regret that I don't have more detail of Kim's later life. Was a good friend to me, and I remember him well.|
|Dec-05-17|| ||Domdaniel: The phrase 'the tragedy of the Commons' has nothing to do with Kim -- it relates to the way that common economic resources tend to be over-used and despoiled.|
|Jan-09-18|| ||Caissanist: Commons quit because he was never able to combine his chess and his real estate work. When he played at Lone Pine 1978, he wound up spending all his time on the phone doing real estate deals. Then when he played in the US championship that year he left his deals in the hands of one of his partners, and they all fell apart.|
|Jan-09-18|| ||Petrosianic: I remember seeing Commons on one of Shelby Lyman's PBS shows on the 1978 World Championship. All I remember from him is Lyman asking why Korchnoi hadn't castled, and Commons quoting Pillsbury as saying that you shouldn't castle just because you can, only castle because you want to.|
|Jan-09-18|| ||Granny O Doul: Better to live out of a suitcase than inside one.|
|Jan-09-18|| ||ChessHigherCat: <Granny O Doul: Better to live out of a suitcase than inside one.>|
I don't know, you can feel like a million bucks in a suitcase.
|Jul-23-18|| ||Brendan S: Kim was my great uncle. I only met with him a few times at family gatherings, but I remember him very well. He was somewhat reserved, but extremely intelligent. My great uncle got me interested in chess and I would not be playing it today if it weren’t for his influence. If any of you have questions, feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or my father:
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