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PAIR OF SURPRISES AT U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP

By ANDY SOLTIS

February 5, 2006 -- CHESS TWO unlikely names are featured in next month's
U.S. Championship:
an astrologer who had a secret passion for chess and a New Jersey
grandmaster who is coming
out of retirement after seven years (and a stretch in a Russian jail).
The astrologer is Joyce Jillson, the syndicated columnist who died in 2004
at age 58. She
closely followed the chess scene, played games on the Internet Chess Club -
and left a bequest for a $1,000 prize for the most brilliant game played by
a woman in the upcoming tournament in San Diego.

The grandmaster is Max Dlugy, a former world junior champion who became a
securities trader
on Wall Street in the 1990s. He also began to buy stock in Russian companies
and became
chairman of a magnesium firm based in Perm, in the Ural Mountains.

But Dlugy found himself caught in a bizarre business battle which resulted
in his being
arrested in Moscow last April on his arrival from New York.

He was held for nine months on trumped-up charges of embezzling $9 million
from the company,
and was freed only when acquitted of all charges. While behind bars, he
revived his interest in chess.

Under the new format for the U.S. Championship, the organizers can pick
"wild cards" to be
included in the 64-player field, and last week Dlugy was added to the list
along with Alex
Lenderman, a new international master from New York.



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Duncan Oxley wrote:
PAIR OF SURPRISES AT U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP
By ANDY SOLTIS

February 5, 2006 -- CHESS TWO unlikely names are featured in next month's
U.S. Championship:
an astrologer who had a secret passion for chess and a New Jersey
grandmaster who is coming
out of retirement after seven years (and a stretch in a Russian jail).
The astrologer is Joyce Jillson, the syndicated columnist who died in 2004
at age 58. She
closely followed the chess scene, played games on the Internet Chess Club -
and left a bequest for a $1,000 prize for the most brilliant game played by
a woman in the upcoming tournament in San Diego.


A nice gesture by Ms. Jillson, but I don't think it goes far enough.
How about we get a spiritualist involved, who can channel a
chessplayer's ghost the way someone supposedly did a few years ago when
Maroczy played Korchnoi from the Great Beyond? Imagine the media
attention we'd get from a US Championship that included, say, Sammy
Reshevsky, Reuben Fine, or even Harry Pillsbury and Paul Morphy.

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