Ed Edmondson (chess official)

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Ed Edmondson (1972)

Edmund Edmondson (13 August 1920 – 21 October 1982)[1] was President of the United States Chess Federation from 1963 to 1966 and Executive Director of the USCF from 1966 to 1975. He served as an officer, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, with the United States Air Force.

Edmondson played a key role in Bobby Fischer's path to the World Chess Champion in 1972. He asked Pal Benko, who had qualified for the 1970 Interzonal, to yield his spot to Fischer. Benko realized that Fischer had a much greater chance of winning and agreed, receiving a fee of $2,000. Edmondson is also credited with greatly expanding the USCF. Edmondson served as Fischer's manager during the 1970 Interzonal, and during his winning 1971 Candidates' matches against Mark Taimanov, Bent Larsen, and Tigran Petrosian.[2]

Edmundson was born in Rochester, New York, and died in Honolulu.[1]


  1. ^ a b Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 104, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6 
  2. ^ The Games of Robert J. Fischer, edited by Robert Wade and Kevin O'Connell, Batsford 1981

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