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James Edmond Hamblin vs Robert Wendling
Denver Open (1973), Denver, CO USA, rd 4, Jul-01
Indian Game: Spielmann-Indian (A46)  ·  0-1



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Apr-13-12  parisattack: Robert 'Bob' Wendling was Colorado and Wyoming state champion on multiple occasions in the later 1960s and early 1970s. He was from Casper, Wyoming but spent several years in Colorado as a student at the University of Denver.

He was perhaps the most well-liked of the 'strong' players in Colorado for his willingness to converse, play and analyze with the lower-ranked patzers.

He passed away at a relatively early age in the late 1970s.

James Hamblin (still active I believe) was a member of an informal club of junior high and high school players, the WAFIA.

Nov-07-12  cwcarlson: Wendling was born in 1947 and died on August 31, 1977, in Wyoming. He beat me over and over. He was very good at blitz. He took second place in the first U.S. Correspondence Championship. He is gone but not forgotten! I remember him shaking hands with Bobby Fischer shortly after the Larsen match in 1971. Hamblin lives in CO and still plays sporadically.
Nov-08-12  parisattack: Colorado chess players may remember Eugene Salome who was the chess coach at the University in Boulder for some years.

He also gave one of the most popular Honors courses in the school's history - The Chess Tradition in Man's Culture. This class ran from 1968-1972 and was constantly over-booked. Eugene - faulted as we all are - was quite a renaissance man with interests in many areas. I had many memorable walks and talks with him around town on numerous subjects. Our small booklet on Fischer-Spassky was the first to print; the day after the match ended!

The course consisted of lectures by university professors in various departments and other notables relating chess to their field - Art, Mathematics, Literature, Music, etc, etc. I particularly recall Stanislaw Ulam's Chess and Mathematics.

I was Eugene's assistant, occasionally hosting the class when he was ill or traveled. I also gave the Chess and Philosophy class even though I was but an undergrad.

Eugene's wife, Nancy, always attended and taped the classes. They are a treasure-trove of chess and culture related topics. Recently Nancy donated them (and much of Eugene's writings and correspondence) to the Denver Public Library -

Nancy and I had hope to write a book off these lectures/tapes but, alas, it never came to pass.

Nov-10-12  cwcarlson: Salome gave simultaneous exhibitions at the Colorado Junior Opens in 1968 and 1970. He was a very nice fellow. Did he ever have a USCF rating? I bought a copy of your booklet about Fischer-Spassky, but don't know what happened to it. It's probably worth 'millions of dollars' now, as Fischer might have said!
Nov-10-12  parisattack: He had a rating in the late-50s, I think around 1900 peak. But there's a story that would have to go with that as he had previously played some stronger on German club teams.

Nancy let me keep about 10 boxes of Eugene's material while she moved circa 1998 as well as his chess book and chess sets. I looked it over some; he had correspondence going with quite a few movers-and-shakers.

I sold the last copies I had on eBay about 10 years ago tho I kept two originals so could reprint sometime for nostalgia's sake. Eugene and I each made $75 on the book - even tho it sold close to 1000 copies...story on that, also.

Hope all is well with you!

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