Kim Commons

Kim Commons (23 July 1951 — 23 June 2015) was an American chess International Master (IM) (1976), Chess Olympiad winner (1976).

Kim Commons
CountryUnited States
Born(1951-07-23)23 July 1951
Lancaster, California, United States
Died23 June 2015(2015-06-23) (aged 63)
Mesa, Arizona, United States
TitleInternational Master (IM) (1976)
Peak rating2485 (January 1978)

BiographyEdit

In 1971, Kim Commons won California State Chess Champioship, ahead of James Tarjan. In 1974, he tied with Peter Biyiasas for the American Open title.[1] In 1976, he won three International Chess Tournaments in Bulgaria: Varna, Plovdiv and Primorsko.

Kim Commons played for United States in the Chess Olympiad:[2]

  • In 1976, at second reserve board in the 22nd Chess Olympiad in Haifa (+6, =3, -0) and won team and individual gold medals.

Kim Commons played for United States in the World Student Team Chess Championships:[3]

  • In 1972, at second reserve board in the 19th World Student Team Chess Championship in Graz (+6, =3, -2),
  • In 1977, at first board in the 22nd World Student Team Chess Championship in Mexico City (+3, =3, -2).

In 1976, he was awarded the FIDE International Master (IM) title.

Kim Commons did not continue his chess career in later years. He received a bachelor's degree in physics from University of California. For the second half of his life Kim Commons lived in Arizona, where he was the founder and owner of Club Red, a Mesa music club.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "California Chess History". www.chessdryad.com.
  2. ^ "OlimpBase :: Men's Chess Olympiads :: Kim Commons". www.olimpbase.org.
  3. ^ "OlimpBase :: World Student Team Chess Championship :: Kim Commons". www.olimpbase.org.
  4. ^ Leatherman, Benjamin (June 24, 2015). "Club Red Owner Kim Commons Passes Away". Phoenix New Times.

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