|By Phillip R Smith|
|January 9, 2014|
It is with great sadness that I inform the chess world of the passing of Bill Chesney at the age of 60 after a prolonged illness.
Bill was a major force in California chess for over 40 years, and was respected by everyone in the chess world. Never a negative word for any chess player, Bill was uncompromising in his pursuit of truth over the board and was feared as a deadly practitioner of mainline theoretical variations involving 1. e4. Bill was a strong Master who reached the Senior Master level at one point in his career and had numerous Grandmaster scalps. Most of all, Bill was always a good friend and never hesitated to lend a helping hand. His great integrity and uncompromising attitude extended also to his personal life. Once, having received a jaywalking ticket after returning to San Jose from the U.S. Army, Bill felt that he was wronged and began a long multi-year battle to fight the ticket. This celebrated battle was documented in the San Jose Mercury-News, and Bill eventually triumphed. He then filed a lawsuit against the San Jose Police and won that battle as well.
Bill's death comes as a great shock and he will be greatly missed! He is survived by his sister, Liz, also from San Jose. Following is one of his many victories over GM-level opposition.
Obituary submitted by Dave Abramson
White: Bill Chesney
Bill Chesney may you rest in peace.