The chess community of Trinidad and Tobago and the entire Caribbean are mourning the passing of the greatest chess chronicler in the history of chess in the English-speaking region, Carl Jacobs, who died on Wednesday, 27 February 2019, in Port of Spain.
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For more than a decade, Jacobs wrote in the newspaper Trinidad Guardian, a weekly column on chess, “Double Rooks”, in which he recorded the national and international events of this millenary sports discipline. He wrote with a clear, simple and clear style.
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His column was always oriented towards the promotion, organization and development of chess in Trinidad and Tobago.
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An avid reader and chess player, Jacobs gathered a wide collection of texts on chess. The best destination his heirs could give to these books would be to donate it to the National Library for the use and enjoyment of chess lovers in Trinidad and Tobago.
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He competed in numerous chess contests without the success that he dreamed of achieving. For this reason, very recently, he decided to abandon high-level chess, and limit himself to playing friendly chess games on the Brian Lara Promenade in Port of Spain, where he did it until almost the last minute of his life.
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Jacobs, who knew and interacted with the most outstanding chess players of Trinidad and Tobago of the last 60 years, was also a great lover of classical music.
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In his conversations he used to quote the great German master Siegbert Tarrasch, who in the preface to his book “The Chess Game” wrote: “I always feel a slight feeling of compassion for the man who has no knowledge of chess, as he would for the man who has ignored love, chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy. The Way to this happiness is what I have tried to show in this book”
The way to this happiness was what Jacobs tried to show in his column Double Rooks. I think he did it, in his own way
Rest in Peace, Amigo Carl Jacobs
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