His wife Helen still is a prominent figure in Illinois and United States chess.
PROFILE 1979 (by his own account )
NAME: Jim Warren, Western Electric Chargers, Near West Division
JOB DESCRIPTION: Senior Member, Information Staff.
Have been in large-scale computer information systems development for 23 years.
HOBBIES & SPECIAL INTERESTS: Chess, Folk Music, Mathematical Recreations
Learned rules at age 12 from family acquaintance. Played a little in high school, but there was not enough players to form a club. Began playing postal chess in 1948 (age 15) through Chess Review.
Played first board for Wright Jr. College in Inter-Collegiate Chess league (1950). Played in first USCF rated tournament in 1953 (Illinois State). Achieved USCF 'Expert' rating in 1957.
Other championships include:
La/Miss. Open, 1957; Austin CC, 1960; N. Ill. Open, 1960; Gompers Park CC, 1961 &1962; Oak Park CC, 1962; Gompers Swiss, 1963;
Western Electric Swiss, 1964; Class A titles from Ill. Open, 1967; Greater Chicago Open 1969; Wornsley Open, 1970; U.S. Amateur 1970.
Boston Open 1956; Mass. State, 1957; South N.J. Gompers CC, 1962 & 1963
Won nation-wide Bell System Postal Chess Championship, 1967 & 1973.
Finished 5th in Ill. State Championship, 1959; 9th in N.Y. State, 1962 (in the latter, drew with Pal Benko).
Have played in CICL continuously since 1959 for Western Electric. I have served as League Chairman, Bulletin Editor, and Problem Solving Chairman, International CICL rating system in 1968, writing program for calculation of self-consistent ratings, making possible the first CICL ratings and later the first ELO/FIDE international ratings.
from Chicago Industrial Chess League BULLETIN, Dec 1979, Vol.23, No.4
About Western Electric Hawthorne
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