Steve Dillard of Louisville fame passed away yesterday after being murdered by a former troubled student that he had tried to help. A school teacher, national tournament direction, chess promoter, former president of the Kentucky Chess Association, strong Class A player, and generally regarded as Mr. Chess in Kentucky, ran over 3000 weekly or twice weekly g/30 tournaments in Louisville for at least 20 years. Not only have I played in his tournaments since the 1990's, but his tournaments were the inspiration for me running G/30 tournaments in Salt Lake in the 1990's and then later weekly quick tournaments.
His Monday night tournaments would get 30 to 50 people.
This last Monday Steve and I had a lengthy conversation about my attempt to look for a house in Indiana.
Steve was president of the Kentucky Chess Association at the same time that I was president of the Utah Chess Association. We had sort of a long distance friendship and we would occasionally call or write each other to talk about chess.
He actually played in at least one of the chess tournaments that I ran in Indiana in the early 1990's.
About 8 to 10 years ago Steve visited Utah, contacted me, and attended my chess club and also met with some local players at Crown Burgers to play
He was 55.
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From: Chris Bush <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 9:07 PM
Subject: Re: Steve Dillard's passing
To: Davis M <firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: "cc: Ryan Velez" <email@example.com
>, Steve Dillard <firstname.lastname@example.org
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Courier Journal story link on Steve's death.
Also, acknowledgement re same from USCF.