Andy Pineda Podcast

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)

TacticsTime.com interview with Andy Pineda PDF Transcript

Andy’s USCF Rating History






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