Glenn Umstead at HB Global against Jerome Mitchell. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Glenn Umstead (left) at HB Global against Jerome Mitchell.
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Glenn Umstead is perhaps best known as being one of the principle character in the book, "The Chess Artist." This book is a true account of Umstead and J.C. Hallman damning the risks and meandering through a harsh climate in Moscow and ultimately Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's  "Chess City" in Kalmykia, a small Russian republic. The book is written in very vivid prose and captures the character of Umstead, a naive opportunist on one hand and devote chess enthusiast on the other.

In this game, he plays a man of his own legend,
William "The Exterminator" Morrison. This game was part of an ongoing series of matches between players from Philadelphia and Baltimore/DC area. In this game, Umstead plays energetically and outplays his strong opponent. Shades of what could have beenů a chess players with dreams, one who revels in simultaneous blindfold exhibitions. He gave quite an exhibition in this game. Enjoy!

William Morrison - Glenn Umstead


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