Raaphy Persitz, 1 of BCM's oldest friends too contributors, has died aged 74. I was sent the poor tidings past times Amatzia Avni, who also kindly appended the next tribute to Raaphy. I am indebted to Amatzia on both counts. The tidings of Raaphy's expiry came every bit a detail stupor to me as, entirely a pair of weeks previously, he had sent me a fax maxim how moved he had been past times the tribute I had written to Bob Wade inward the Jan consequence of BCM. That was typical of his kindness towards me which dated dorsum to when I took my start tottering steps every bit BCM editor inward 1999. We never genuinely met inward somebody but spoke occasionally on the telephone too exchanged faxes (Raaphy didn't seem to communicate past times email). As a long-time reader of the mag I had enjoyed his 'Student's Corner' column inward the magazine, which was initiated past times Abe Yanofsky inward the early on 1950s too which Raaphy inherited inward 1958. I was especially delighted when, inward 2004, afterwards I had written close his 1954 feat inward winning his Varsity check game too a county check against English linguistic communication no.1 Hugh Alexander on the same day, Raaphy consented to write approximately other 'Student's Corner' column (which appeared inward the May 2004 consequence of BCM). I never succeeded inward getting him to write approximately other 1 but it was such a pleasance to select him write for the mag during my while every bit editor.
R.I.P. Raphael Joseph Arie (Raaphy) Persitz
Born 26 vii* 1934 (Tel Aviv)
Died four ii 2009 (Tel Aviv)
* Gaige's Chess Personalia gives May rather than July for Raaphy's calendar month of nascency but all online sources give July - tin anyone tell me which is correct?
I shall endure writing to a greater extent than on Raaphy inward the March consequence of BCM. I should endure grateful for whatsoever reminiscences that others may select of him - delight ship to me at email@example.com or append to this weblog entry.
The photograph shown higher upwardly is of the Oxford University squad which won the 1953 British Lightning Club Championship - left to right: Raaphy Persitz, John B Sykes, Leonard Barden, OI Galvenius, David one thousand Armstrong. (note: the 2008 ECF Yearbook seems to recollect that this lightning entitle was start contested inward 1954, but BCM confirms it start took house inward 1953).
What follows is Amatzia Avni's personal tribute to Raaphy...
Ordinary people select a mixture of proficient qualities too bad ones. After twenty years of friendship alongside the belatedly Raaphy Persitz I tin attest that he was a distinct type: 1 sided, positive-only; pure gold.
I start met him inward 1989. Just wrote my start chess mass (in Hebrew) I was searching for someone to write me an introduction. The discussion was that Persitz was dorsum inward town, afterwards long years abroad. Having seen glimpses of his amazing linguistic skills, I contacted him too he agreed immediately. He didn’t know me, hadn’t read a unmarried judgement of the book, all the same he didn’t hesitate: “yes, sure, I’ll endure glad to”.
That was typical Persitz: e'er produce to help, unconditionally. The introduction, needless to say, was a sheer delight, a course of didactics or 2 higher upwardly the residuum of the book.
In latter years he gave me a paw several times, polishing my texts too making them to a greater extent than reader-friendly to English linguistic communication speaking readers. Somehow he seemed to know what I wished to limited improve than I did. His suggestions enabled me to select my pregnant inward a clear too precise manner.
Raaphy was pocket-sized too reserved. Once I called him too realized that he was upset. “My woman nurture had passed away approximately weeks ago” – he said. I was puzzled why he didn’t tell me the poor tidings at the time. “I didn’t desire to bother you” – was his reply.
A pair of years agone I stumbled upon Bruce Hayden’s sometime mass “Cabbage heads too chess kings”. One of the book’s articles was headed “Raaphy Persitz – star or comet?”. I learned that inward the 1950s Persitz won approximately brilliant victories inward England against Penrose, Alexander, Milner-Barry too others. Searching inward Chessbase I constitute out that he also did battle alongside approximately outstanding international players. Yet inward all our meetings too hundreds hours of conversation he never said a affair close that!
Persitz was a principal of understatement. I learned that if I wrote “very fine” or “extremely strong”, the ‘very’ too ‘extremely’ would wing out of the window. If I made a theatre stand upwardly on a for sure issue, he would add together “probably”’ “apparently”, or “it may endure argued that”, because it was indeed entirely an opinion, non a fact. Over time, next his educate of idea made me improve the means I expressed myself too idea close chess.
Persitz’ distinctions inward chess, inward linguistics too inward journalism are evident to anyone who ever read his chess books too articles. He also excelled inward economics, but I am unqualified to comment on this.
God bless you, Raaphy. I experience privileged to select known you.
Amatzia Avni Sumber http://johnchess.blogspot.com/