IM Dave Vigorito and his fiancee Heather Kroll pulled off a wedding June 14, 2009, in Topsfield MA. It went swimmingly (it was raining at the start but cleared up, the word ‘swimmingly’ is just a coincidence).
Here is the nice venue:
Many chess people were in attendance. For example, Vesna Dimitrijevic. Her hubbie, Bill Kelleher, had a good reason to be absent: A FIDE meeting in Krakow, Poland!
Also visible on the left in the back is Chris Bird and on the right Joe Fang. Joe Fang! This name brought back chess memories. In one encounter, Joe was white and bamboozled me with 1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. e4 Nc6 4. Be3 e5 5. dxe5
Here I played the lazy man’s poor move
5…Nxe5? 6. Bd4! and now I could find nothing better than 6…f6 7. f4 Nf7 with a horrible game – I lost without much resistance. On a sharper day, I would have found the clever 5…d6! exploiting the g7-b2 pin. In another game, I was white and played the bizarre 1. f4 and Joe quickly played 1…e5!. Not wishing to be attacked, I pondered and then retorted with 2. d3! – a reversed Balogh! I got the attack instead and Joe lost without much resistance. These games were from the 80s and 90s but it’s funny how things come back.
Also spotted were Paul MacIntyre, Mike Casella, Dean Ippolito and his wife, Denis Shmelov, Eugene Yanayt, Braden Bournival, Kevin Coutreau, and more! Unfortunately Jim Rizzitano was ill and unable to attend.
All in all a smashing good time – excellent venue, flawless ceremony, good eats and drink…. all the chessplayers were quite satiated and happy! And now Dave and his new wife are off to Italy on their honeymoon!
As the groom points out, closeups are available. Here is one.