|FWCGM Robert Fischer|
I remember reading interviews with Larsen and Tal before he played his candidates match with Fischer. I played Larsen at two simuls, at the McAlpin and in Westfield.
I was a wall board boy at Chess House for the first game in the Fischer Spaasky match. I had to stand on a high ladder while Shelby Lyman gave the moves on tv. That was the game where Fischer took the poisoned pawn and lost.
I remember huge turnouts at the Flushing tournaments. Surprisingly, the Fischer Boom was not kind to Bill Goichberg. He planned bigger tournaments with more prizes, but competition rose as fast as the number of players increased.
As I will soon account, there was a shift in power in the USCF away from Executive Director Col. Ed Edmondson, who first moved the USCF to Newburgh.
The New Jersey tournament organizers decided to chase Goichberg out of New Jersey. They would all run quads at different locations on the same Sunday every month. Players would go to the location nearest them. As many of players only play once a month, they had their fix with the local tournaments and didn't play in Goichberg's tournaments. So Goichberg's attendance dropped and he left New Jersey.
Many of the leaders of New Jersey chess went on to become USCF Policy Board members, such as Denis Barry, Tony Cottell, Steve Doyle, and Leroy Dubeck.
The New Jersey people also popularized the US Amateur Team Championship.
|Lewis Eisen, MD|