Originally posted by @caissad4
In 1973 I was in the US Navy stationed in New Orleans and found (after much searching) a bar in the French Quarter called the Seven Seas. The tables were heavy oak with the chessboards inlaid in them. My very first night there I played a man and managed to squeeze out a win in a close B/B vs B/N ending. Several spectators were surprised and someone told me ...[text shortened]... 1500 rated player at the time. I have been told that the bar is gone. The memory still remains.
I can imagine how nervous you would be after you found out he won city championship.
My teach was Dennis Fritzinger, when I was in USAF stationed at a now defuct AFB in Lincoln Nebraska, his dad was a colonal and he was an AF brat but amazing chessplayer. He won the Nebraska state championship and was a lifetime USCF master, peaked close to 2400. I went to the Univ. of Nebraska and there were several 2200 players there and Dennis defeated most of them.
Before that, at electronics school as a tech in the USAF, at Lowrey AFB in Denver, I found a chess club and got the opportunity of playing Larry Evans in 1963 when he was US champ, in a simul. I at least lasted 43 moves against him
I didn't know about the idea of only playing one move as he goes by and he would move and I would move and he would move, thinking to himself, GREAT! But still I thought I was doing ok lasting 43 moves against him, he was an awesome player, at least till Bobby showed up
But by 1963 Bobby was US champ If I remember right. Ah, that was the year he won 11 to zero and Evans was in second place with 7 1/2.