29 April 2018

2018 U.S. Championship - Hall of Fame

Like the previous post, 2018 U.S. Championship, 'Strength of the Tournament', this video is from the Saint Louis Chess Club. I thought it fit well into the series on The Sociology of Chess (November 2016).

2018 U.S. Chess Championships: Alex Onischuk's Hall of Fame Induction (3:56) • 'Published on Apr 20, 2018'

The video's description added,

Grandmaster Alex Onischuk is inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame Class of 2018 during the opening ceremony of the 2018 U.S. Championships.

Introducing Onischuk, GM Maurice Ashley says,

All of us know Alex as one of the nicest guys in chess -- one of the humblest, [most] self-effacing despite his many successes. Alex is also an Iron Man, the oldest player in the field [for the current U.S. Championship].

Given how many world class players are somewhat quirky, it's great to see a 'nice guy' being recognized by one of the greatest honors in chess. For GM Onischuk's Hall of Fame page, see Alex Onischuk (worldchesshof.org). For more about all of the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees, see Nimzowitsch and Onischuk among Chess Hall of Fame inductees (chessbase.com; February 2018).

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