He was a fine gentleman who was a master of tactics. He started out by playing checkers and was very good at it. He taught all my daughters every Saturday for many years. He, Tom Wiswell, Steve Wisdom, and I would play combo chess and checkers each week for 10 or 15 years. He always had a smile and was a master at fixing his car which he drove from the Catskills through rain or snow. He did not oppose admiring the opposite sex and loved to socialize during matches. I arranged for him to give lessons to the Soros's at my expense and he enjoyed teaching that whole family in their homes. When Nigel was visiting the two of them liked to play and Nigel usually was the winner.

When we watched him in matches, we begged him not to talk to all his opponents. But he liked to watch everyone else play and generally took about 30 seconds for each of his moves. His autobiography contains some of his greatest games.

He was always a gentleman and one time in the US Open in the finals Bobby Fisher fell asleep and would have lost in time pressure as he was hustling for 50 cents a game the night before. But Art woke him up, and thereby Fisher represented the US rather than Bisguier. He worked as a consultant for IBM and was always interested in the latest in programming. When he came to the office, he liked to make a few trades. And for some reason his trades were always winners. We will miss him dearly and all who meet him in the next world can look forward to a good board game with him.

Here is the obit of a fine game player and gentleman. His favorite player was Bronstein who he said was the best player ever. 





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  1. Steve on April 6, 2017 8:05 pm

    What a tragic loss. I can’t speak highly enough of Art. It was a real privilege to get to know him by way of Victor.

    We would sometimes play speed games at rook odds and Art would win 90% despite the odds. I’ll never forget one game where he walked into a knight fork. I almost didn’t believe it. It was the proverbial “$20 bill on the sidewalk” that shouldn’t be real.

    Another game, I offered an exchange sacrifice. He thought for a second, declined the sacrifice and matter-of-factly told me, “No, I’m going to need my dark-square bishop to mate you.” Which of course he eventually did.

  2. Andre on April 7, 2017 1:26 pm

    How to Trade if you must:
    There is only one platform and that is Sierra Chart at a very reasonable price for infinite features. Keep fixed costs low, i.e. trading technologies over kill for retail trader. Only trade the races worth trading time periods with high volume during day or maxs and mins on daily timeframes. You can be expert at reading whats going on in markets and still lose due to vig. Profitable trading is as much to do with knowledge as it is a state of being. The challenge of maintaining is just as hard as learning so there’s no moment of having arrived. Wish is it was the case but its not.

  3. tony blades of England. on April 10, 2017 4:29 am

    A huge loss to chess. Perhaps the greatest aspect what that he was that rare word, a
    gentleman. Look at his games and learn! :-)


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