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By Phillip R Smith   
January 29, 2014

Mayer Riff (1948-2013)

Mayer Riff was a formidable chess force growing up in Jersey City. While in high school he became active in the YMCA Chess Club and captured the Hudson County Scholastic Championship. Despite slight in physique, he was a powerhouse over the board.

Deeply involved with the "Y" club's activities, he served as club President, North Jersey Chess League Team Captain, club Tournament Director, and occasional editor of the club's newsletter, "Chess Chat." Mayer also was a USCF tournament director for Continental Chess Association events.

Mayer not only earned a master chess rating but was also a Life Master in contract bridge. He had an enduring passion about New York area baseball and football teams. Mayer was an early Wall Street "quant," having completed his actuarial exams and worked many years at the Insurance Services Office in lower Manhattan.

Well versed in all aspects of chess, Mayer often chose sharp tactics and would deviate early from book lines. He was known for using every minute available on his clock and excelled at time scrambles. Often he would be deep in thought at his game, flipping a pen in his hand.

The following game was played in the Eastern Team Championship.

White: M. Riff, Jersey City YMCA
Black: D. Dlott, Irregulars
Eastern Team Championship, September 26, 1970

1e4c5
2Nf3d6
3d4cd
4Nxd4Nf6
5Nc3a6
6Bg5e6
7f4Be7
8Qf3h6
9Bh4N/bd7
100-0-0Qc7
11Be2g5
12fgNe5
13Qf2N/fg4
14Bxg4Nxg4
15Qd2hg
16Bxg5Bxg5
17Qxg5Nf2
18Qf6Nxd1
19Qxh8+Ke7
20Rxd1b5
21Nf5+Resigns


The following game was played in a North Jersey Chess League Match.

White: Irving Ellner, Elizabeth
Black: Mayer Riff, Jersey City YMCA
North Jersey Chess League, May 9, 1975

1d4Nf6
2Nf3c5
3g3g6
4Bg2Bg7
50-00-0
6c3Qc7
7Bf4d6
8Qd2Re8
9Na3a6
10dcQxc5
11Nd4Qh5
12Bg5N/bd7
13Nc4h6
14Be3Ne5
15Nb6Bh3
16Nxa8N/fg4
17Bxb7Nxh2
18Kxh2Bc8+
19Kg1Ng4
20Nf3Bxb7
21R/fe1Rxa8
22R/ad1Ne5
23Nh2Ng4
24Nf3Ne5
25Nh2Ng4
26Nf3Qh3
27Bb6Ne5
28Qe3g5
29Bd4Nxf3+
30efg4
31Qf4Bxf3
32Resigns 

Rest in peace, Mayer.

Obituary submitted by
Frank Nothaft

Mayer Riff may you rest in peace.

 
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