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24th Annual Samford Fellowship

IM Ray Robson was the 2009 recipient of the Samford fellowship.

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE 2010 FRANK P. SAMFORD JR. FELLOWSHIP. Long considered the most important chess fellowship offered in the United States, the Samford fellowship has encouraged and assisted in the development of many of today's leading American chess masters. Applications are now being accepted for next year's Samford fellow, whose term will begin in July, 2010.

This program was created by the late Frank P. Samford, Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama and is available to American chessplayers who are under the age of 25 at the start of the fellowship. The fellowship is guided by Mr. Samford's son, Frank P. Samford III of Atlanta, Georgia, with the able help of Barbara DeMaro of the U.S. Chess Trust.

The 2010 Samford fellow will be selected by the Samford chess fellowship committee, consisting of Frank P. Samford III, Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier and International Master John Donaldson. The winner must be under the age of 25 as of July 1, 2010 and must have been a permanent resident of the U.S. for at least one year prior to that date.

The 2010 Samford Chess Fellow will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, training by leading chess coaches, chess books, computer equipment and other study materials as well as opportunities to travel and compete in tournaments and matches at the highest levels. The fellowship is given for one year and can be extended for a second year by mutual consent.

The value of the fellowship, which has been $36,000 per year for the last few years, will be increased to $42,000 annually beginning July, 2010.

Each applicant, who can be male or female, must be able to demonstrate talent, achievement and commitment to chess. He or she must be willing to make the effort required to become a leading grandmaster and possible challenger for the world chess championship. Applicants must have a chess rating (either USCF, FIDE or both). For further details and an application form, write to:

Allen Kaufman,, Secretary Samford Chess Fellowship 108-37 71st Avenue, #8G Forest Hills, NY 11375-4512

Completed applications for the 2010 fellowship must be received no later than January 15, 2010. We expect to announce the winner in April, 2010. All decisions by the committee will be final.

The late Mr. Frank P. Samford, Jr. created this program as a way of making a significant contribution in America to the game he loved. If qualified applicants can be found a new fellow will be selected every year. It is expected that the Samford fellowship will continue to produce very strong players, some of whom will join the elite group of world super-grandmasters.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Virginia Donovan, widow of the late Frank P. Samford, Jr., and by Torchmark Corporation.

Dr. Ira Lee Riddle, prominent chess official from Pennsylvania, dies at 62

DR. IRA LEE RIDDLE, ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT CHESS officials in this country and a resident of Warminster, Pennsylvania, died of a heart attack on Monday, July 6, aboard a cruise ship touring England. He was 62. Dr. Riddle and his wife were on a cruise around Great Britain and were at their last port of call before disembarking and going to Stonehenge, Havre de Grâce, France, when he suffered a heart attack after going on deck to get some air and could not be revived.

He was born on October 2, 1946 in Oakland, California, the son of Charles Lee Riddle, a career U.S. Navy man. As a young boy Dr. Riddle lived in Hawaii, where a neighbor of his, who was an avid chess player, realized that this 4-year-old lad was able to quickly grasp the strategy involved in chess. He worked with Riddle and helped him develop a deeper love for the game. After moving back to the continental United States at age 5, Dr. Riddle graduated in 1964 from Christiana High School in Newark, Delaware. With an interest in mathematics that started while he was living in Hawaii, he went on to further his education and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1968 from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, with a dual major in math and speech drama. In 1969 he received a master of science degree in speech education from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He also received a master of science degree in mathematics education from Penn State University. He was awarded a doctor of education degree in math education from Temple University in 1990. Prior to being awarded his doctorate, Dr. Riddle taught math at various schools on the East Coast, starting with a junior high school in Orange Park, Florida and later at schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

He retired in 1998 after 29 years of teaching junior high and high school math. But within six weeks after his retirement, he found himself teaching again—this time being recruited as a lecturer at the Penn State University campus at Abington.

In addition to his math credentials, Dr. Riddle was prominent in U.S. Chess. He was not only a USCF national tournament director but he also earned the title of international arbiter, awarded to him in 1986 by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). He directed many hundreds of tournaments, including the 1987 U.S. Open in Portland, Oregon, and the 1990 U.S. Open in Jacksonville, Florida. He also assisted at numerous other U.S. Opens, including the 1988 U.S. Open at the Hotel Lafayette in Boston. He also directed U.S. Junior Opens, Pan-American Intercollegiate Team championships, the 2003 U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur Team South championships, Pennsylvania state championships, Delaware state championships, the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, and innumerable scholastic and adult team tournaments, among others. He was also employed for many years as a tournament direc tor for the Continental Chess Association-sponsored tournaments, including the World Open. He was co-editor of the U.S. Chess Federation's Official Rules of Chess, 4th edition.. He served as president of the Pennsylvania State Chess Federation (PSCF) from 1978 to 2002 and continued as a PSCF vice president for the east region of the state.

He was editor of The Pennswoodpusherfrom 1980 to 2001 and also had edited the Delaware Chess Newsletter, starting in 2004. He was president of the Chess Journalists of America (CJA) from 1989 to 1995 and editor of The Chess Journalist from 1991 to 1993. At the time of his death, he was the CJA's vice president. He was chief judge of the CJA awards program from 1992 to 1995 and continued as a judge right up to the present. He wrote more than a hundred articles for various chess publications, including those for Chess Life and for the "TDCC Corner" in the former USCF rating supplements.

In addition to chess, Dr. Riddle directed plays and musicals, officiated wrestling and softball games, and coached soccer and track. He had a myriad of interests.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Polly J. Riddle. Donations in his memory may be made to MACA's Living Memorial Chess Fund, c/o Robert D. Messenger, MACA Treasurer, 4 Ham-lett Drive #12, Nashua, NH 03062-4641. ~George Mirijanian

A 1988 Interview With Ira Lee Riddle

This interview by Nigel Eddis is from the December 1988 Chess Life:

CHESS LIFE: How long have you been directing tournaments?

IRA LEE RIDDLE: I got into my first tournament as a player in 1973. The students at Glasborough High School, where I teach math, wanted me to direct tournaments for them, so I became a Local TD. I became a National TD in 1980.

You were involved in a controversy at the U.S. Open last year, when you paired Browne and Alburt together. How much leeway should a TD have?

In general not too much, but there has to be some. In that case I felt it was more important to keep players within the same score group, which means Alburt and Browne would have to play. The new rulebook said "under no circumstances may a player be given the same color three times in a row." This is very harsh and restrictive, and I felt it was wrong. I expected I would be "convicted" of breaking a rule, and win on appeal. Actually my appeal was dis-missed—but the rule was changed!

Is involvement in chess politics automatic when you become a TD?

If you don't become involved, you have no voice in the things that are important to you—playing conditions, prize funds, rules and so forth. I don't like politics, but unfortunately you end up getting yourself into it no matter what. When I finish my doctoral dissertation, I'll probably run for Member-at-Large, and perhaps go for a higher office in another three years.

Where do you see the USCF going?

At the moment the Federation is marking time. I don't see any far-sighted planning; the budget crunch this year seems to have crimped peoples' ability to see five or ten years down the road. But the financial picture has to stabilize— long-range plans tend to get aborted if funds are short. In terms of technical services, the USCF does a very good job. The best feature of the USCF is its willingness to help and work with the individual organizer as much as possible.

What is your view of USCF election reform?

I have no problem with the concept of "one man, one vote," though in my state I appoint the Delegates because there aren't enough people interested. I see no reason why the membership should not elect the Policy Board. I belong to several organizations that are bigger than the USCF— they conduct membership ballots.

Do you think that chess can attract

Dr. Ira Lee Riddle sponsorship from outside?

Here in the U.S.? I have my doubts. There are so many things in this country competing for the leisure dollar. In Eastern European countries there's a different phillosophy of government—they care about their players being successful in international competition. The U.S. hasn't really cared about whether its chessplayers excel or not.

Game/30 might be one way. The Short-Kasparov match on TV got a lot of attention—rapid action and no long waits. That's what people like to watch.

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