United States Chess Federation

North Carolina Chess Association


David Brown- Club TD Emeritous and retired diaper changer.

Stephen Morales- Club TD and new website care taker. He was born on Bobby Fischer's 14th birthday; except for his love the game, that is all he has in common with Bobby.

Eugene F. Davenport-Frank Marshall reincarnated, his motto "play me and you're guaranteed to win a pawn in the opening." Prefers to be showered with popcorn instead of gold pieces.

Ron Dennis-Endgame specialist, and collector of left-handed coffee mugs.

Ken Farrar-One of the Shanghais Gang's recent acquisitions. This is what happens if you wander too close to the book store on Thursday nights. We drug your coffee and you wake up playing chess.

H.J. Gaudreau -J.Jonah Jameson has nothing on this guy! Pilot!, World Traveler!, Renaissance Man!

Ulf Hellsten-Chess book philanthropist, racquet ball king, knows every chess opening at least ten moves deep, no matter how obscure the line. Favorite quote; "He goes there, then I go there, then he goes there."

Dave Mangis-Our resident Engineer and Sky-Diving enthusiast. Why anyone would jump out of a perfectly good airplane is beyond me.

Dick Meyerson-Live from New York it's... our newest acquisition of talent, and sun loving transplant.

Dave O' Bryant-While taking a note out of the Prince playbook, Dave has legally changed his name to "the Wizard of Wilmington." He has informed me that for the sake of being brief, he will respond to the following "W.o.W," "wiz," and "gee whiz." Anything else is unacceptable and will result in a harsh stare from the artist formally known as Dave.

Ken Pugh- Took a few years off from tournament play. He had plans to try and model his opening repertoire after the World Champion before returning to competition.
Along with the rest of us, he's still waiting for a unified Chess World Champion. He has even entertained the thought of cryogenics until this thing gets resolved.

Norman Smith-I wish everyone new to chess would follow his example of just jumping right into the fray. I didn't even have to offer him some of the club brand "coffee".

Sam Strickland-Another person lured into the area by a woman. Claims to be "A pawn in the game in the game of life, always willing to play around."

Doug Wisse-When he's not playing chess he can be found doing his Noah imitation crafting out high quality yachts. If he starts loading up his chess pieces two by two, I'm going to get worried.


In remembrance of Ivo Meljancic, whose presence graced our club for far too short a time. We wish you good luck in your next round.