SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Following up on last Monday’s blog column dealing with the legendary Paul Keres and his visit to Canada in 1975 shortly before his death, below is a newspaper photo of the man himself giving a simul in Montreal on April 30. The simul took place outside of Place Ville Marie on a wonderful spring day.
Photo found by Montreal amateur Hugh Brodie
I was in attendence of this simul, though I did not play. There were numerous spectators (naturally) and a local radio program carried the event live. This was the ONLY time I had ever seen Keres in person, though ofcourse he was one of my childhood heroes and I knew most of his games by heart!
Keres spent about a month in Canada, his visit paid for by John Prentice, who was our FIDE representative (and zonal president) and one of the most influential individuals in FIDE in that era.
A reader comes forward:
Salut Kevin, I am the bushy blond hair on the left. Keres busted me quickly on a Benko gambit. Beautiful day it was indeed. There was an aura around Paul that day. Very sad that he passed too soon afterward. Love your blog, chess and pussy! And I train on the 5 sec tests when they come up! Not much active these days, except on ICC. You were (are) quite a role model for us plebe (sp?)! Cheers! Gilbert Cabana (One blitz victory against KS!)