Chess players throughout the country, when they hear this name, think of Bobby Fischer. It’s true, Fred is inextricably linked with Bobby because of hs role in keeping things from falling apart in Iceland in 1972. But there was much more to him than that.
While he was USCF Membership chairman, and then USCF President, membership in the USCF increased nearly tenfold. While he was US delegate to FIDE and FIDE vice-president he served on Fischer’s team at Reykjavik in 1972. He drafted the proposed regulations for the Fischer-Karpov match in Baguio that ultimately didn’t happen.
Where do you start to tell about this lady? She was the backbone of much of what happened in chess in this area for so long. Wherever she was needed, she was there. If she wasn't directly involved in organizing and directing the tournament, she was available to give advice to the one who was (and who had probably learned how from her in the first place).
Let's start with the cold facts. She served on the boards of the Wisconsin Chess Association, and the Milwaukee Chess Foundation. She was on the Policy Board of the US Chess Federation. She was the first woman Nationally Certified Tournament Director. She was the first woman International FIDE Arbiter. Add to that she was FIDE Zone 5 President.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.
We at Chessmill were saddened to learn of the death of George Koltanowski at age 96.
“Kolty,” as he was affectionately known to thousands of chess fans the world over, died of congestive heart failure on Feb 5, 2000.