En Passant: Ron Washington 1951-2012

Ron Washington (Photo by Scott Stewart/Sun-Times)For over three decades Ron Washington was a significant part of the Chicago chess scene. In the 70s you might have spotted him downtown at his chess club where Jeremy Silman briefly worked. Or at a Chicago Open Tournament. Or more likely at the Chess Pavillion near North Avenue Beach where he taught and played chess against those who wanted to play for money.

But according to the Sun-Times, Friday afternoon he passed away. Never to push another pawn.

His outgoing and upbeat attitude drew many people to him. Students, fellow-chess players, friends, and the media. He was featured in the Chicago Reader and on the City of Chicago Public Access TV in this segment.

He will be missed. According to Chicago Chess Blog there will be a memorial this Friday, August 3, at 5 p.m. at the Chess Pavillion at North Avenue Beach and likely to be a memorial service at Christian Funeral Home (3100 W. Irving Park) on Saturday.