(written by Rick Melton -- with some reductions)
As with many of us, Dave learned chess early-age 9 to be exact. He recalls losing "over 100 games" to his father before he began to play him even and then began to win, at which time his dad had to surrender the family championship.
Dave began Postal Chess at age 15, rapidly advancing from class 'C' which eventually culminated in his convincing win of the 7th US Correspondence Chess Championship (see below).
After high school he ventured into his first OTB tournament-the 1959 U.S. Open, finishing with an even score. He played in another U.S. Open some 14 years later where he defeated GM Arthur Bisguier who had won the 1959 tournament.
But let's return to the 7th USCCC, It surely was Dave's day in the sun...He took this prestigious title by storm with the phenomenal score of 13 1/2 - 1/2!
Moving down his absolutely elite opponents one by one, he was the first ever to win all his games with black! - only to manage 6 1/2 - 1/2 with white however. Winning by the biggest margin ever over the 2nd and 3rd place winners who tied at 11-3.
Dave says his "secret" was hitting his opponents
with "something in the opening to think about" ...and he "played
very well". On his way to the US Championship he won the 1980 Illinois
Chess Association Postal Championship with a score of 11 1/2 - 1/2 in the final
and also picked up the 1972 CCLA North American Championship. Earlier he had won
CCLA's 1961 Junior Championship. Towards the end of his postal career he also
became the top rated player in APCT-American Postal Chess Tournaments.
As you can see, this man took few prisoners in his Correspondence Chess career.
Dave has to give up his chess career in 1990 due to health
problems. He is the author of two books, "Center Counter Uprising" and
"Ponziani Power". His passion is to show innovative variations in
In the 7th USCCC he scored 4-0 with the Center Counter and 2 1/2 -1/2 with the Ponziani.
Today he is an avid and expert Bridge and Hearts player; also enjoying a love of Poker, still a highly competitive gamesman to be sure!
Nevertheless, he has always been very close to his family: wife, Sylvia, and his four children, the youngest, Kevin, born in May of this year!