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Ronald Simpson
Number of games in database: 42
Years covered: 1966 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2271
Highest rating achieved in database: 2315
Overall record: +17 -19 =6 (47.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-01-1960, died Sep-20-2013, 53 years old) United States of America

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Ronald Simpson was an African-American FIDE Master. He grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. He became a National Master in 1984, and a Life Master soon after that. He became a FIDE Master in the late 1980s. He became a USCF Senior Master in 1991, and reached his peak USCF rating of 2427 in 1999. He later moved to North Carolina, where he died of cancer on September 20, 2013. His last tournament was the Asheboro Open in July 2013, which he won.

Last updated: 2022-10-08 15:13:38

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 42  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Day vs R Simpson  1-0361966League Ottawa-CornwallC29 Vienna Gambit
2. R Simpson vs Benjamin  1-0311989Albany opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. R Simpson vs M Ritter  0-1431992Nassau MastersA04 Reti Opening
4. M Ritter vs R Simpson  1-0331992Nassau MastersA48 King's Indian
5. R La Flair vs R Simpson  1-0341992Nassau MastersA57 Benko Gambit
6. R Simpson vs D Josenhans  0-1491992Nassau MastersE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. S Goregliad vs R Simpson  0-1281992Nassau MastersA30 English, Symmetrical
8. R Simpson vs R La Flair  1-0481992Nassau MastersA15 English
9. R Simpson vs S Goregliad  0-1541992Nassau MastersA48 King's Indian
10. D Josenhans vs R Simpson  0-1471992Nassau MastersB72 Sicilian, Dragon
11. T Renna vs R Simpson  1-0371992Nassau MastersB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
12. R Simpson vs T Renna  1-0161992Nassau MastersA09 Reti Opening
13. R Simpson vs M Ritter  ½-½481995Nassau Masters 5thC60 Ruy Lopez
14. M Ritter vs R Simpson  1-0611995Nassau Masters 5thD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. R Simpson vs M Ritter  1-0591996Nassau Masters 6thC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
16. R Simpson vs M Ritter  1-0671996Nassau Masters 6thC46 Three Knights
17. M Ritter vs R Simpson  0-1591996Nassau Masters 6thA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M Ritter vs R Simpson  1-0351996Nassau Masters 6thA47 Queen's Indian
19. R Simpson vs G Umstead  ½-½502000New York OpenA04 Reti Opening
20. N Rogers vs R Simpson  1-0412001Wilbert Paige MemB01 Scandinavian
21. A Simutowe vs R Simpson  1-0392001Wilbert Paige MemA15 English
22. R Simpson vs E Colding  1-0422001Wilbert Paige MemA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
23. R Simpson vs W Kobese  0-1382001Wilbert Paige MemA14 English
24. K Solomon vs R Simpson 0-1372001Wilbert Paige MemA57 Benko Gambit
25. R Simpson vs S Muhammad  0-1452001Wilbert Paige MemA15 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-31-09  zealouspawn: Go Ron Simpson! Keep destroying in the USCL for the Carolina Cobras :)
Jun-01-09  Dredge Rivers: Does he ever see his brother, O.J.?
Jun-04-09  WhiteRook48: no, he sees his other brother, Homer
Jun-06-09  Dredge Rivers: <WhiteRook48> D'oh!
Apr-24-12  TheTamale: Simpson, eh?
Sep-21-13  akinov: FM Ronald Simpson passed away .
R.I.P. FM Ronald Simpson
JCRchess on 9/20/13 9:10 PM.
The state of NC has lost one of its best. R.I.P. FM Ronald Simpson (1960-2013). Arrangements have been made for Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Mitchell Funeral Home - 7209 Glenwood Ave - Raleigh NC. A special chess memorial, which will take place afterward in Ron's honor, will be held at Caribou Coffee - 3300 Duraleigh Road - Raleigh, NC 27612 - (919)787-9611
Sep-21-13  akinov: FM Ronald Simpson’s Chess Autobiography

by FM Ronald Simpson
Born - Feb. 1, 1960

I grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in New York City. I learned to move the pieces at about the age of six from a neighbor. My cousin Clive Tulloch and I played almost every weekend. Clive was self-taught, and he introduced me to the Sicilian defense. He was my mentor, and I learned to think freely with his guidance. I learned my first opening from another cousin, Leopold Hall. It was a basic King pawn opening, filled with fundamentals.

I was competitive and very hungry to play chess but there weren’t many kids playing chess in the late sixties. I was about ten years old when my mother took me to Melvin Brady’s barbershop for a haircut, and to my surprise this was where the men in the community played chess. It was like a local chess club. Many of men in the neighborhood would stop in just to play a quick game before going home. I remember many times they would keep one eye on their watches and the other eye on the board, while constantly glancing out of the barbershop window (hoping their wives wouldn’t catch them playing chess). Melvin and Herman Hacksaw (aka: Rock) had a great effect on me through my teenage years. Rock had a flashy style of playing. He played the Orangutan, or Polish opening, and Melvin had a solid conservative style, 1.e4 or 1.d4. These two men were my chess mentors and friends. I learned so much from them.

The chess boom hit in 1972 when Robert James "Bobby" Fischer won the World Chess Championship and suddenly everyone was aware of chess. Chess went from a fun game to play to serious competition. I was no longer the kid who played chess well. I was a chess player who happened to be a kid. The transition matured me and prepared me for the tournament world of chess. I won many local tournaments in Brooklyn, but I will always relish the memory of winning the Malcolm X memorial tournament in the mid seventies. I beat Master Paul Robey, John Evans, and Steve Colding to win the tournament. Growing up in New York City allowed me the opportunity to play Chess in New York City’s famous Marshall Chess Club, Manhattan Chess Club, Washington Square Park, and in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. I won some very nice games against Grandmasters like Joel Benjamin, Alexander Ivanov, Patrick Wolf, etc…

Enter the Black Bear School of Chess:

The Black Bear School of Chess was the most significant influence in my development in chess. It was led by George Golden, “the Fire Breather.” I met George in 1973, and he introduced me to a group of older men who took chess seriously! There were tournaments, chess study sessions, passionate chess discussions, etc…these were my best years of chess. Looking back provokes extremely deep feelings for me. All of those men were like an extended family. Many of them are no longer with us, but in my heart they all live with every chess thought I have. Our motto : “The will to win is greater than material advantage” has helped me to this day, and its meaning extends beyond the chess board. By the early 1980s the Black Bear School was filled with masters and experts! William Morrison, Steve Colding, Chris Welcome, Mark Meeres, Willy Johnson (Pop), Leon Monroe, and the first African-American Grandmaster, Maurice Ashley!

I first achieved Master level in 1984, and I was awarded the USCF Life Master honor soon after. I achieved Senior Master level in 1991, and I reached my highest USCF rating of 2427 in 1999. The World Chess Federation, known as FIDE (Federation International Des Echecs) awarded me the title of Master in the late 1980s, and I earned a FIDE rating of about 2300.

I am now living and playing chess in North Carolina. The North Carolina Chess Association is a wonderful chess organization and I expect big chess things to happen here in the years to come. I am also teaching chess at the Southern Wake Montessori School. I am amazed at how well their system of teaching fits chess development. The kids are absolutely wonderful and a joy to teach.

It would be extremely difficult to play chess seriously without the support of my wife and kids. I am very blessed to have them.

Edited by Mark D. Stout & Tom Hales

Sep-21-13  akinov: R.I.P. FM Ronald Simpson (1960-2013)
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Nov-04-14  zealouspawn: I want to thank Akinov for putting up the autobiography...

I know it has been a little while since he passed now but for those of us in NC who knew him or have played against him I just want to add a little anecdote.

I played Ron only two or three times and certainly didn't know him well, but he was very gracious with his time and words. The time that sticks out to me is when I was rated around 1900 and played a close tournament game him. He was kind enough to look over the game with me afterwards and I expected him to just point out my mistakes. While he did offer some advice, what stuck out is that he spent more time just chatting with me--asking how I was doing at school, what my major was, and then giving some advice when he learned I was going into IT. As far as the analysis, he was far from judgmental. He even praised a particular move I made in a complicated position, saying it caught him off guard and clearly he misunderstood the position because my move was justified. He of course was the stronger player and ended up winning the game, but I appreciated the kind words and was taken aback by his humility. RIP Ron Simpson

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  khan76: wow! way too young! very sorry to hear, RIP Ron Simpson

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