Today’s podcast features Andy Pineda, a super nice guy from Ft. Collins, that I recently met at the Wild West Tournament in Saratoga Wyoming.
Some fun factoids about Andy (in his words) many of which we talked about in the podcast:
- a pre-Fischer boom chess player (well…. learned chess before Fischer boom)
- Grew up on a farm in northern Colorado – an honest to goodness country bumpkin
- 1 of 10 kids, youngest
- Learned of Fischer through Boys Life magazine
- Started club play over in Greeley, Colorado – Les Ward got me started
- Played team chess on the Greeley and UNC club
- Best advice from my Dad “Don’t give them any chances!”
- Knew a lot of the top players in the area at that time (Dave Jellison, Ken Case, The McDonald Brothers, Les Ward, Tom Wayman)
- Found out just a couple of years ago that Brad Lundstrom, knew many of the same people, but I don’t recall ever meeting him!
- The Fischer-Spassky match really changed things, it was an amazing run of chess matches up to that point (one match played in Denver)
- Then everyone was playing chess, tournaments attracted hundreds of players
- You could take the bag off your head and tell people you played chess
- took a long break from chess starting in 1977 while attending college, then new job, then marriage, then family, then back to chess
- Picked it back up when Mom called and said she had boxes of my chess stuff and was going to throw it out if I didn’t come and get it
- Started playing again in 1993
- Played mostly postal chess due to schedule and family, got pretty good until chess databases spoiled the game
- Mostly have done local Colorado events – Loveland tournament is one that I haven’t missed
- likes meeting people and getting to know where they are from, etc
- The kids these days are really good players
- grateful that Colorado has good organizers and people to run tournaments, etc.
Andy and I talked about:
- How he got interested in chess
- Playing correspondence chess and how it has evolved
- How the chess scene has changed over the years
- The Fischer boom
- The Wild West tournament in Saratoga WY
- Studying tactics to improve your chess
- and much more!
You are sure to enjoy this podcast!
TacticsTime.com MP3 podcast interview with Andy Pineda (Right Click to download)
Andy’s USCF Rating History