|FM Erez Klein|
Erez died of complications from diabetes. He had always been nice to me. We played one-on-one bughouse. Erez had been abused as a child. Erez's father, Gene, had been banned from the Manhattan Chess Club. As journalist and board member, the late Kalev Pehme who testify, Gene would beat his son on the premise. Of course banning him didn't prevent him from beating Erez elsewhere. Erez was one of the top players in his age group.
|IM Jay Bonin|
The speakers were IM Bonin, IM Norowitz, FM Hoffmann, and GM Fedorowicz:
IM Bonin: Bonin's talk conveyed his pragmatic approach to chess. His lectures usually touch on the issue of how a player who plays as often has he does prevents other players from preparing against him.
|GM Lenderman and IM Norowitz|
IM Norowitz: Yaacov's talk covered the concept of the mini-bishop. How a chain of pawns on the same colored squares controls squares of that color like a bishop does.
FM Hoffmann: Beneath his tough exterior, Asa has a scholarly knowledge of chess. Remarkably, he said that Fischer,
|FM Asa Hoffmann|
GM Fedorowicz: Fedorowicz analyzed some of Erez's games. He talked about his experiences in top level chess, including being a second for GM Gata Kamsky.
|GM John Fedorowicz|