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Thibault de Vassal    (2017-08-06)
When chess is just beauty

I just lost my chess master.

Fran├žois Melison was a great friend to me, and a very special chess player as all who played him over the board know.

Actually he was the only one I never saw playing to win, even during a rated tournament (his performances were always 200 or 300 points below his level, often losing on time in winning positions - even when having the time to win, even against fide masters).

It seems to me that his deep motivation was to understand, to touch the beauty and nature of the game... that changed my vision of chess but not only, most probably, even if I was never close to approach his talent and vision of the board. He played correspondence chess when real mail was used, when it was a very special thing compared to this strange time dominated by computers. He was able to play blindfold of course, and some simultaneous games are great memories for a few of his chess friends.

He just played for the beauty of chess, or maybe he played for the beauty only.

He was 54 only. I'll miss him.

Condolences from all his friends at ESIGETEL go to his family.


Daniel Parmet    (2017-08-09 21:24:01)
When chess is just beauty

Sorry for your loss.


Steven DuCharme    (2017-08-17 01:51:52)
When chess is just beauty

condolences to all who knew him