Sunday, February 03, 2008

Irving Ellner (1918-2008)

Former Kenilworth Chess Club president (1975-1985) and correspondence master Irving Ellner passed away on Thursday. He was 90 years old. I have annotated two of his better games at our site. One of those games appeared today in The Newark Star Ledger. It had been sent in by his long time friend Mike Wojcio, who intended it as a surprise for Irving, who always read the Ledger's chess column. As fate would have it, Irving died only days before the game appeared. Read more about Irving's role as president of our club in A History of the Kenilworth Chess Club.


Chess Coroner said...
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Chess Coroner said...


You probably have more information about the Star-Ledger game (from M. Wojcio or P. Tamburro) than I but Ellner's opponent there could be William D. Jempty, Jr. 2143.

Irving beat him in section 06N07 of the 59th Golden Knights & it was his last USCF-rated postal game.

source :

(of ID# 10050022)

Michael Goeller said...

Thanks for the correction! The Ledger piece did not specify which Jempty, so I assumed it was the other. I'll make the correction.