Russell was a nice older man. He was badly wounded in Vietnam and then developed schizophrenia. He seemed a little odd, but he was a nice person. He had a 1519 rating. He felt like a B player to me. He played a few times in our chess club and the quick chess tournaments that I ran.
He paid me an exceptionally nice compliment when he said, "I thought that I was a good endgame player, and then I played John Coffey and I found out what a really good endgame player is."