Pictured are the winners of the D.C. Chess League “B” Division, the one and only “Potomac B” squad!
I will need help with some missing first names from the readers. (supplied by a timely comment by John Mingos!)
From left, standing: John Mingos, Bob Owen, me, David Matzke. I remember Mingos and Matzke from the JCC Chess Club in Rockville, Maryland – my first chess club! It was a short drive away from my home in Bethesda, MD on 70-S (now named Interstate 270). Of course I was too young to drive and my father had to do the honors.
Seated from left: Bob Adams, Alan Kline, and John Struss.
It was strange but fortuitous for chess development how strong chess-wise the small region was.
Potomac, MD had World Junior Champ Mark Diesen who won it in Groningen, Holland, in 1976 – GM Kavalek (his second) wrote a nice article for Chess Life & Review about it.
Bethesda – Chevy Chase MD area: IM’s me, Steve Odendahl, Larry Kaufman
elsewhere in Maryland: Robert Eberlein, Allan Savage, David Thompson, Larry Gilden
Washington DC: John Meyer, Eugene Meyer
Virginia: dearly departed: Charlie Powell, 7-time Virginia State Champ and hero of the National Chess League.
As the San Francisco Mechanics Institute chess club newsletter wrote in 1995, ” A perennial state champion in his native Virginia, he moved to San Francisco in the late 1970s and played in several Northern California State Championships (Bagby Memorials), but will be best remembered for his friendly manner and good sportsmanship. ”
We also had from Virginia another dearly departed strong player, future IM Richard Delaune (4-time state champ) who also died much too young in 2004 at 49. The USCF writes, “Richard K. Delaune was born December 24, 1954. Rick Delaune was an International Master, Life USCF member, VA state champ in 1974, 1975, 1981, and 1985. Richard’s highest Established over-the-board rating achieved was 2468 (after the 1998-09-13 “Hall of Fame Open” held at the U.S. Chess Center where he tied for 1st place). Rick was also active in USCF Correspondence Chess. He was also one of the nicest, easy-going guys you’d ever want to meet. He was 49 when he died of a heart attack while home with his mother on Saturday, May 29th.”