Saturday, December 13, 2003


Texas Open Dec 27-28

From the USCF Texas tournament listings:
Dec. 27-28 Texas Open GPP: 6 Texas

5SS, Rd. 1 G/90, Rds. 2-5 30/90, SD/60. San Antonio Airport Hilton, 611 NW Loop 410 (at San Pedro), San Antonio, TX. HR: $79 sgl/dbl., 877-377-7227 or 210-340-6060, reserve by 12/2, mention chess. EF: $40 by Dec. 26, $50 site; juniors U19 $20 adv/$25 site. Jr. entry counts 1/2 toward based-on. TCA membership req ($10 adult, $7.50 student, $1 jr. tmt. memb. avail.) $$(2,000 b/75), two sections. Open: $400-200, U2200 $200-100, U2000 $160-80. Reserve (open to U1800): $240-120, U1600 $150-70, U1400 $120-60, Unr. $100. Unrateds limited to top 2 prizes in Open or Unr. prize in Reserve. Reg: 8:15-9:15 a.m., Rds: 9:30-1-6, 10-3. One 1/2 pt. bye avail., request before Rd. 1. Ent: SACC, POB 501, Helotes, TX 78023. Info:, 210-695-2324 or 210-695-6149.



I am sorry to be the one to pass on this sad news about Robert. He passed away in November 2004.


Glenn Wilson

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: Re: Robert Chalker
From: steve young
Date: Sat, November 20, 2004 3:59 pm


Robert passed away , I believe, last Monday. His 2 brothers are/were in town to take care of everything.

I am in the middle of putting together a written remembrance of Robert from some of his closest friends.

I will eventually send everyone's contribution into Texas Knights.

The following is what Billy Patteson had to say:

I am sure that I played literally hundreds of chess games with Robert Chalker. But while the games slowly fade from memory; I will always remember Robert. For some reason I never called him Bob. To me he was always Robert. If I had to pick one word to describe his character -- that word would be "skeptic". Robert was born in Alabama, but the "SHOW ME" state of Missouri more accurately reflected his attitude. This would
invariably show up in any analysis of a chess position. His first reaction was doubt and that's always the healthy reaction of a strong chess player.
Robert's favorite hero was not a chess player. It was the famous social critic of the early 20th century, H.L. Mencken. Mencken had no use for ideologues or phonies and neither did Robert Chalker. Emanuel Lasker said that on the chessboard "lies and hypocrisy do not survive long." I believe that Robert was always on the lookout for "lies and hypocrisy" -- on or off the chessboard. I admired him for that reason.

Billy Patteson
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