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Tony Palmer
T Palmer 
Number of games in database: 57
Years covered: 1983 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 1971
Highest rating achieved in database: 2226
Overall record: +34 -8 =15 (72.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-19-1967, died Aug-22-2020, 52 years old) United States of America

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Tony Palmer was a National Master who hailed from Michigan. He was User: tpstar on Tony was also a popular and respected chess coach, whose students in the Holland Chess Academy included FM and 2019 Michigan champion Joshua Posthuma.

Last updated: 2020-09-12 10:16:16

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Wygrecki vs T Palmer 0-1331983Michigan High School Team ChampionshipC34 King's Gambit Accepted
2. B Finegold vs T Palmer ½-½541983Ann Arbor Victory TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
3. D Riggins vs T Palmer 0-1411983Motor City OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
4. G Turner vs T Palmer ½-½371983Motor City OpenE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
5. M Everett vs T Palmer 0-1251983Motor City OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
6. T Palmer vs L Maring 1-0291984Michigan OpenC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
7. T Palmer vs R Mateo 0-1311986Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. T Palmer vs E Feldman 1-0231986Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
9. T Palmer vs R Present 1-0301986Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. T Palmer vs S Burtman 1-0411986Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
11. T Palmer vs N M Abbasi 1-0441988Ann Arbor Super TornadoB23 Sicilian, Closed
12. T Palmer vs F Lindsay ½-½241988Ann Arbor Super TornadoC05 French, Tarrasch
13. T Palmer vs D Levine 1-039198990th US OpenC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
14. T Palmer vs K Noren 1-0261990Michigan OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
15. S Andrews vs T Palmer 1-0501990Michigan OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
16. R Avery vs T Palmer 1-0321990Michigan OpenE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. T Palmer vs V Wilson 1-0551990Michigan OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
18. T Palmer vs N Murphy ½-½641990Pan-American ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. J Sena vs T Palmer 0-1331990Pan-American ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. M Badii vs T Palmer ½-½501991Pan-American ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
21. E Freedman vs T Palmer 0-1331991Pan-American ChampionshipC34 King's Gambit Accepted
22. T Palmer vs M Munian 1-0451992Pan-American ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. T Palmer vs B Rogers 1-0351998US Amateur NorthC05 French, Tarrasch
24. T Palmer vs W Surlow 1-0191998US Amateur Championship PlayoffC05 French, Tarrasch
25. T Palmer vs D Moody 1-0331999Michigan OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
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Sep-12-20  Caissanist: Just now saw the news, stunned and saddened. RIP to one of the site's best kibitzers!
Sep-12-20  Jambow: Surprised and saddened by the news and <chrisowen> thanks for the link to the tribute. That one of his students was or is Michigan State champion is a nice chess legacy.
Sep-13-20  login:

[C80] G/90 Clock Simultaneous Downers Grove,
IL 23.05.2012

GM Michael Adams - Tony Palmer

  1. e4 e5
  2. Nf3 Nc6
  3. Bb5 a6
  4. Ba4 Nf6
  5. 0-0 Nxe4
  6. d4 b5
  7. Bb3 d5
  8. dxe5 Be6
  9. Nbd2 Nc5
10. c3 g6!?
11. Bc2 Bg7
12. Re1 0-0
13. Nb3 Nd7
14. Bf4 Ne7
15. Nbd4 c5
16. Nxe6 fxe6
17. Ng5 Qb6
18. Qg4 Nf5
19. h4 h5!?
20. Qh3 Rae8
Well, at least I made it to twenty moves =)
21. g4 hxg4
22. Qxg4 Nh6
23. Qg3 Nf5
24. Qh3 Re7
25. h5 Nd4?
26. cxd4 Rxf4
27. h6! Bf8
28. Bxg6 Rxd4?
29. Re3 c4
30. Rae1 Rd2
31. Rf3 Rxb2
32. Nf7 Rxf7
33. Bxf7+ Kh8
34. Qg3

Source (with annotations, context)

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  chancho: Tony's funeral service:

<Revelation 21:4 - He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.>

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  WannaBe: Thank you <login> I think my project (today or when I have free time) is to convert that PDF annotation into full PGN and submit it to CG.
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  Big Pawn: This is the kind of song Tony would like.

La Isla Bonita (Madonna 1986)

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  Richard Taylor: I didn't get on particularly well with tpstar but it is sad to see such a young man die.

What did he die of? Did he overreact to this Covid Pandemic and his business issues? Or was he ill?

My condolences to Tony's family.

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  FSR: OMG. This is just horrible. I am so sorry. Tony was a great guy. He was far too young to die. My condolences to his family. 2020 continues to be a year from hell.
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  FSR: <Dr. Anthony “Tony” Palmer MD, 52, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Spectrum Lakeland Health in St. Joseph.

A Funeral Service will be held 12:30 P.M., Friday, August 28th, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., with Karen Joy Kelly of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church officiating. Due to COVID-19 and in respect of social distancing, masks will be required. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Those wishing to share a memory of Tony online may do so

Tony was born November 19, 1967 in Chicago, IL to Thomas & Barbara (Reed) Palmer. He attended high school in Flushing, MI and then went on to attend the University of Michigan where he received his Medical Degree. Tony owned and operated his own practice in internal medicine in St. Joseph. Tony was a world-class chess player and premier coach. He competed in many individual chess competitions, and also coached students to chess tournament success. He loved his work, family, staff, patients and students and will be greatly missed.

Tony is survived by his father Thomas Palmer; sisters Carole Palmer, Carla (Rick) Thornton and Julia (Dave) Warner; nieces and nephews Thomas Warner, Carrie Warner, Tony Warner and Barbara Warner. Tony was preceded in death by his mother Barbara Palmer.

Posted On: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 2:59 PM>

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  FSR: Some tributes to Tony:
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  Richard Taylor: I think Tony overall was a good bloke and he did take an interest in some of my games in the early days. It is a shock to see another "veteran" go from He got bogged down in some "internal" political issues and with the notoriously degenerate & vicious Rogoff-BP group, and a debate about Wesley So which seemed crazy to me: but those things are of trivial people and trivial events I believe he was better than the Rogoffers & other sickos on here: he did a lot it can be seen for chess (coaching, playing etc) and no doubt as a medical man. His commentaries as kind of poems on his own games were good and he played some interesting games. And indeed, he did help me. He was a strongly rated player considering he wasn't a professional....
Sep-23-20  wordfunph: rest in peace, tpstar..
Sep-23-20  Caissanist: <Richard Taylor> No cause of death was given, but he posted back in May that he was taking a break from chess activities "to deal with medical issues", so it was apparently not sudden. Whatever it was, I hope that at least he didn't suffer.
Sep-24-20  pulsar: RIP, Tony. Condolences to the family.
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  technical draw: Wow, didn't know about <tpstar>. May he rest in peace. He was one of the old timers. We got along well.
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  Richard Taylor: <Caissanist> Thanks. I feel I could have got on with him if I'd played some games with him. But he is a part of my experience on here and with <TD> I say 'May he rest in peace', and I feel saddened -- such a thing is always sad. He did a lot for this site and chess and was a good person.
Sep-29-20  Caissanist: Does anyone else have a favorite <tpstar> comment? Here's mine, from Topalov vs I Sokolov, 2006 :

<I held a quick seance to determine the next move:

Alekhine = 18. f4

Botvinnik = 18. Ba3!?

Capablanca = 18. exd5

Tal = 18. Nxc7!?

Nakamura = 18. Qh5!?

Kramnik = 1/2-1/2>

He never was much of a Kramnik fan ...

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  Check It Out: Perhaps <tpstar>'s greatest CG achievement, The Kramniad:

John Homer Stapfer (kibitz #20)

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  harrylime: <<chancho: Tony's funeral service:

<Revelation 21:4 - He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.>>>

My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.


Sep-29-20  siggemannen: Very sad news to me. I have always enjoyed tpstar's comments on the games here, and he seem to be really appreciated in the professional life, seems to be an all-around nice guy. Best wishes to his family
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  Williebob: Missed this until now, very sad to see this news and I would like to add to the chorus of well-wishers for Tony’s family.
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  OhioChessFan: <Caissanist> that is probably the best kibitz in the history of the site.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Check It Out: Perhaps <tpstar>'s greatest CG achievement, The Kramniad:

John Homer Stapfer (kibitz #20)>

I didn't really get it. Was it supposed to be along the line of the Iliad? Not my cup of tea.

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  Penguincw: Have not been active on this site, and just heard of <tpstar>'s passing.

Would like to offer my very late condolences.

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  Honza Cervenka: I have missed this sad news too. Rest in peace, <tpstar>.
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