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Top 100 US Correspondence Chess player James Fisher has passed away

He was a fellow chess player who I’ve played on 13 occasions and just passed away. James Fisher was from Deer Park Texas. I don’t know the cause of death(James did tell me he had a recent heart attack a few months back) or when James passed away except it happened in the last 10 days.

James was a tough player, who was rated one of the top 100 CC players by the US Chess Federation. I had been fortunate to be 4-6 against James lifetime,(4 losses, 2 wins and 4 draws by me) with three games active at the time of his death. James didn’t talk too much in any of our mails to each other and almost all our games were played by email since the first time we played in 2002. He didn’t seem to like conventional openings, but it worked well for him.

Below I’ve put one of the games I played against James. He crushed me in 20 moves. James Fisher will be missed by his fellow correspondence chess players. RIP.

Fisher-Jempty 2004 Golden Knights Semi-finals

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.exf6
dxc4 8.fxg7 Rg8 9.Bg5 f6 10.Re1+ Kf7 11.Bh6 Kg6 12.Qc1 Bg4 13.Nh4+
Kf7 14.Qf4 Qd7 15.Nd2 Be7 16.Ne4 f5 17.h3 Bxh4 18.hxg4 Rae8 19.gxf5
Bf6 20.Nxf6 1-0

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