|Glen W. Buckendorf|
June 19, 1929 - September 12, 2011
I know I played him in tournaments a couple of times, but I could only find one of my games with him. Here is a blitz game we played in the 2010 President's Cup:
Glen always arrived to a chess tournament escorted by his wife, Annette. They would arrive arm-in-arm, Glen in his three piece suit carrying his Bible, and she dressed comfortably totting a scrabble board. It always warmed my heart to see them arrive and I will miss that feeling. For the past few years, Glen would donate chess books from his personal library as awards for players that did not win a trophy or placement for money. I think that most would agree that winning a book donated by Glen was more desirable in most cases. I, in fact, won two books on some occasion: Sicilian: Lasker-Pelikan by Speelman and Blackstock, and Spanish (RuyLopez): Marshall by Harding.
|Desmond with Glen|
|At the Winter Solstice Tournament (Annette in upper right background).|
I appreciate the experience of the older players and try to respect them as a source of inspiration. Their dedication and mentoring of younger players is as important as grandparents are to their grandchildren. Think of the changes the older generation has witnessed in the chess world. There have been celebrities come-and-gone, the development of chess computers and software, more organizational influence from the USCF and other entities, introduction of algebraic notation, the use of digital chess equipment, and many new innovations in chess writing and publishing. In Glen's time, what hasn't changed is the game of chess itself.
|Glen plays Alexandr Veraschagin|
Glen was not into all the fancy chess equipment or interested in dropping names of openings or discussing a new line. Glen was a player, and that is what he did. He came to tournaments and was interested in playing the best he could and I am very glad to have known him and played him.
Footnote: this article was started on Sept. 15 but I wanted to find one of my games with Glen and some pictures to complete the article.