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Charles Powell
Number of games in database: 6
Years covered: 1964 to 1987
Overall record: +4 -2 =0 (66.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-10-1944, died Jun-25-1991, 46 years old) United States of America

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In 1968, PFC Charles William Powell won the 1968 US Armed Forces Chess Championship with the score of 11-1 (he appeared on the cover of the January 1969 issue of Chess Life). Powell was seven-time Virginia State Champion (1964-67, 1971-1972 and 1976).

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs C Powell 0-1211964Simul, 50bC18 French, Winawer
2. C Powell vs E Kotski  1-029196768th US OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
3. Larsen vs C Powell  1-041197273rd US OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. C Powell vs T Weinberger 1-0251976National Chess LeagueB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
5. E Winslow vs C Powell  1-0381985Charles Bagby MemorialC05 French, Tarrasch
6. B Wall vs C Powell  0-1361987LERAA07 King's Indian Attack
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  Benzol: This was a player who beat Bobby Fischer at Richmond, Viginia in 1964. Is the score of this game available somewhere? Also when did Charles Powell die and how old was he?
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Scroll down a bit. Died 1991,was somewhere in his 40's from what I could discern.

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  Calli: The story of the Fischer exhibition: He was 19 in early 1964.

A Fischer loss from the same exhibition:

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  Benzol: <Calli> I tried clicking on the first link you gave and my PC froze.


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  Calli: Its a PDF of 18 pages. Can't imagine why it doesn't work for you. He is remembered by Denis Strenzwilk who gives a bunch of games he played against "Charlie". If you can't get it to work, we can work something out later.
Aug-13-08  arcaneterrain: Charles was 7-time VA state champion. I remember him as being tall, with black-rimmed glasses when wire-rims were in style, and having slightly unkempt bushy-haired. In one tournament he showed up late to an early round in what he had slept in, (I think he had a toothbrush in his mouth), made his first move and then went back to his room, dressed and came back. I never got an opportunity to play him (I was on the fish tables), but he won nearly every tournament I went to in the early 1970s. He peaked in rating at over 2400 and was one of the best players in the old National Chess League.
May-14-10  MKalafatas: I remember him from the mid-1970s in Virginia. I never spoke to him but, of course, knew who he was. I knew him as "Charlie Powell." He was a fascinating character at the chessboard. Haven't looked through the collection here, but as I remember he played very complex, combinational games ----- even when playing much weaker players. He was also prone to time pressure. He beat some very good players but also lost to players he should have routinely whipped. He was interesting to watch. His games were always very tense. Much like GM Walter Browne in that respect.
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  TheFocus: Here is the game Fischer lost to Powell:

Mechanics Institute Newsletter #425, 12/24/2008

The following game pits Bobby against the late Charles Powell. Charles, who became a Senior Master and lived the last decade of his life in San Francisco, was nineteen year old and champion of his native Virginia when the following game was played. The simul went into the wee hours of the morning because of a late start (11pm!). Source: NOST (Knights of the Square Table) July 1964, page 11.

Fischer Powell, Charles
French Defense
Richmond, Virginia
March 5

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5 7.Bd2 Qa4 8.Rb1 c4 9.Qg4 Qxc2 10.Qxg7 Qxb1+ 11.Ke2 Bd7 12.f3 Ba4 13.Qxh8 Qd1+ 14.Ke3 Qxf1 15.Qxg8+ Ke7 16.Kf4 Nd7 17.Qxa8 Qxg2 18.Be1 Qxh1 19.Bh4+ f6 20.exf6+ Kf7 21.Qh8 Qxh2+ 0-1.

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  Stonehenge: "In 1980 I met Charles W. Powell, chess master, law student and totally charming man from Richmond, Virginia. We were married in 1983. Within six months, to both our great surprise, he nearly died. For the next eight years he battled a chronic illness. He was very brave and good natured about being sick and all the things he was never able to do. He died in 1991. Charlie was still alive when I began to work on a series about a large-sized woman who solves mysteries. With his usual supportive attitude, he told me he would be proud if I wrote such a book."

May-03-19  Ironmanth: Saw and met him at a simul in Northern Virginia in 1972. Had not realized we lost him so long ago. RIP Charles Powell.
May-05-19  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Looking ALL OVER the internet here is a game I found... CHARLES POWELL vs RUSTY POTTER Edinburg, VA OPEN 1975 1.e4,c5 2.Nf3,d6 3.d4,cxd4 4.Nxd4,Nf6 5.Nc3,a6 6.Bc4,e6 7.Bb3,Be7 8.f4,0-0 9.Qf3,Qc7 10.f5,e5 11.Nde2,b5 12.g4,b4 13.g5,bxc3 14.Nxc3,Bb7 15.gxf6,Bxf6 16.h4,Nd7 17.Bg5,Rfc8 18.Qh5,Qa5 19.0-0-0,Rxc3 20.Qxf7+,Kh8 21.bxc3,Qxc3 22.Kb1,Bxe4 23.Bxf6,Nxf6 24.Rhg1,Nh5 25.f6,g6 26.Rg4,Bf5 27.Rc4,Qf3 28.Rxd6,Rb8 29.Rc7,Rxb3+ 30.axb3,Bxc2+ 31.Kb2,Qxb3+ 32.Qxb3,Bxb3 33.Kxb3,Nxf6 34.Rxf6,Kg8 35.Rxa6, Resigns Here's a PIC Too THANK YOU INTERNET!!! Inline image
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  catlover: That game and photo was a nice find, <Acmekingkrusher>. Well done!
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