Larry Parr (chess player)

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Lawrence "Larry" Parr (May 21, 1946 – April 2, 2011) was a chess player, author and editor.

Born in 1946 and originally from Bothell, Washington, Parr served from 1985 to 1988 as editor of Chess Life magazine,[1] the official publication of the United States Chess Federation.[2] Later, Parr was the editor of Glasnost magazine,[1] an anti-Soviet periodical. Politically, Parr, known to be a passionate anti-communist ideologue, classified himself as a libertarian.

He was a close friend of Grandmaster Larry Evans and they often collaborated on projects. Parr played relatively little tournament chess, preferring instead to write books about the subject. In 1995, he collaborated with GM Arnold Denker in writing The Bobby Fischer I Knew And Other Stories.[3]

Parr died in 2011 in Malaysia.[4]



  1. ^ a b Associated Press (March 18, 1989). "Three Chess-Playing Sisters Challenge Male Domination". Schenectady Gazette. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Cruz, Humberto (November 17, 1985). "NEW CHAMPION'S STYLE 'INVOLVES RISK'". South Florida Sun. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b McClain, Dylan Loeb (January 4, 2005). "Arnold Denker, 90, Champion And a Chronicler of Chess". The New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Larry Parr 1946–2011". April 2, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "HELP YOURSELF". Dallas Morning News. September 21, 1997. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ Presnell, Max (November 14, 2008). "As always, Bart and benefactor think big". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 

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