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Escritor Alfredo Farache Benacerraf//
Carl Jacobs – the Chess chronicler


Dear Ed­i­tor

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.

Luis Alfredo Farache 100% Banco

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.

Luis Alfredo Farache

His col­umn was al­ways ori­ent­ed to­wards the pro­mo­tion, or­ga­ni­za­tion and de­vel­op­ment of chess in Trinidad and To­ba­go.

Luis Alfredo Farache Benacerraf

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.

Alfredo Farache Benacerraf

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.

Alfredo Farache 100% Banco

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.

Luis Alfredo Farache Benacerraf 100% Banco

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

Ce­sar Ramos-Caldera


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