Ralph P. Zimmer : in Memoriam


3 Eulogies Delivered at St. Joseph Church in Baltimore, MD on 2019.03.18.

1. by John D. Rockefeller V
I first met Ralph through a mutual friend, John Sprague, at the Maryland Open in 2010. John knew I had been giving my son, John, chess lessons ever since he turned 2; so, he said I had to meet this other Dad who was doing the same thing with his son, Kevin. When Ralph told me that he was a Fide Master and that his wife, Annett, had been the top Under 16 girl in the former East Germany, I joked that John would never be able to catch up because of Kevin’s insurmountable advantage: in-utero chess training. John and Kevin soon became friends, hanging out at tournaments and going to each other’s birthday parties. When Ralph first invited John to 1 of Kevin’s birthday parties, he made it very clear that I should understand what we were agreeing to. Ralph warned me that I wasn’t being invited to some typical American birthday party that lasts only 2 hours; no, we had been extended a European invitation—which meant we should count on being at the Zimmers’ all afternoon and most of the evening. The other thing I remember learning that day during my first visit to the Zimmers’ house, was that Ralph put hot sauce on everything. According to Ralph, there wasn’t anything that didn’t taste better with hot sauce.

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2010 Maryland States Results (2)

The 2010 Maryland Scholastic Chess Championships were held from March 20th to 21st in Hagerstown, MD. Over 350 players from pre-K to Seniors in high school participated.
The winner of the High School Championship section was Charles Yang a 9th grader from Montgomery Blair High. Montgomery Blair was the top high school team in the championship section.
In the Middle School Championship section Jonathan Chen from Cabin John Middle School was the winner and Cross Country Elementary/Middle was the top middle school team.
In the Elementary School Championship section Jerry Wu from Framland Elementary is the individual champion and Travilah was the championship school.
In the K-3 Primary Championship section Derek Mizushima (Potomac) and Michael Schwartz (Stone Mill) are the co-champions and Stone Mill is the championship school.

The Final individul standings

The final team standings

UMBC Chess Team Lecture Series



This year’s team boasts a strong field of Two Grandmasters: Niclas Huschenbeth, Akshayraj Kore and Three International Masters: Tanguy Ringoir, Levan Bregadze and Nazi Paikidze.

 Lessons and lectures will be provided by members of the UMBC Chess Team and are open to everyone with a USCF rating less than 2300.

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Denis Strenzwilk (1940-2016): in Memoriam

by Allan Savage    

Denis passed away April 14, 2016. He was 75. He got hooked on chess in 1958 while he was a freshman at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. His first USCF tournament was played in DC in 1961 where he acquired a 1600 rating. In graduate school at Clarkson University, he met a group of ardent chess players and reached 1900-2000 strength. Graduating in 1968 with a Ph.D in solid state physics, he moved to Maryland and took a job at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds where he spent his entire working career.

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MCA 2010 Finances

Below is a summary of the net cash flow for 2010 for the MCA. This is the first year we've moved to a detailed tracking of expenses. So, some items may have been put into the wrong category. The 2011 expenses should have fewer errors.


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