Tom Murphy in his office at the famous Dupont Circle.
Vaughn Bennett just sent me a link to an article from the Washington Post on Tom Murphy, a DC-based legendary chess hustler. Those who have been to Dupont Circle in Washington, DC have no doubt heard his name uttered. Those who have been to a World Open have no doubt seen him. His reputation as a strong blitz player precedes him.
With quite a checkered past, Murphy’s inate talent for chess is somewhat of an irony given the life of hard knocks that he has had to endure. In the video below you will see an articulate man of passion… a man who sees the world from a pragmatic view… a man who sees the world through a chessboard.
The 3:49-minute video clip gives a preview to the lengthy article and makes for intriguing reading. I was actually interviewed for the article and had forgotten about it. In fact, I cannot remember making some of the statements in the same context. However, the article gives a man deserving of honor his day in the sun. Tom Murphy will always be spoken of as a man of mixed fortune… a man of triumph… a man of tragedy. This appears to be the measure of history’s most intriguing men.
To read, “The Days and Knights of Tom Murphy” click here!