Saturday, April 09, 2011

RIP Larry Parr

Larry Parr, co-author of "Never Say I Assume!", the rags-to-riches story of Malaysian billionaire and chess aficionado, Datuk Tan Chin Nam, has died aged 64. He was once the editor of the USCF's "Chess Life" magazine. Mr Parr's passing is very sad for both US chess and, of course, for our friends in Malaysia.

From Quah Seng Sun in The Star Online:

I remember bumping into him in 1975 or 1976 and always, he would be deeply engrossed in discussing a chess game with any player who cared to sit down with him.

The more you know him, the more you’d learn that he had an elephant memory and could be very talkative. He had stories to tell and he’d tell them in so dramatic a fashion that you’d think there’d be scandals behind them but there weren’t. He wove fascinating tales around the chess personalities. His favourite subject was Bobby Fischer and he loved to talk and write about him.

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