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David B. Reynolds (1934-2007)

David B. Reynolds (1934-2007)

> With sadness I must inform you that David Reynolds passed away this Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. A long-time fixture of the Durango Chess Club, David was the strongest player in town for fifteen years, and the one to whom others turned for chess analysis, advice and amusement. He often brought a game from a current world-class chess tournament for the enjoyment and education of others at the club. The DCC mourns his loss and sends condolences to his wife and son, Judith and Sam.

David had a lifetime love for the game, starting at age twelve and continuing through his last tournament -- The John Mical Memorial Melee last month -- which he won. He stayed in fine form into his seventies, gaining recognition and accolades along the way. As a US Chess Federation master, he won the state championship titles in both Ohio and Idaho. With his final ratings, he was still #29 on the USCF list of active quick chess players over age 65 (#11 in the country over age 70), and #48 in the USA in the regular rating list at 2095. His last slow chess tournament before retiring was in 2003 when he went undefeated in three games against Andy Rea, Anand Kalyanaraman and Damian Nash.

As an active hiker and local historian, David always seemed to have a spring in his step and a twinkle in his eye. The twinkle sometimes coupled with an impish grin after playing a particularly clever, game-winning move. David took great joy from a game well played, and conveyed the feeling of delight to many other players over the years. He will be missed by all at the DCC.

David's family will have a small, private funeral. Chess players who would like to commemorate David over a hot cup of coffee are invited to a memorial gathering at Durango Joe's Coffeehouse, 7th East and College, at 7pm this Wednesday (the regular club place and time).

David B. Reynolds- may you Rest In Peace.

This information was provided by Damian Nash