Chess loses Beau Hardeman

Atlanta-area coach Beau Hardeman has passed away on August 8th from the effects of myeloma (cancer of the blood plasma). He had coached thousands of children over 20+ years and was highly-respected and revered. He was a 1966 graduate of Morehouse College and in May hosted his 20th Beau Hardeman tournament. He posted on his Facebook page…

Beau Hardeman
May 2 ยท Atlanta, GA ยท

Today marked the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, the 20th running of the Beau Hardeman Student Invitational [chess] Tournament, won for the third time in a row by Shanmukha Meruga, the first USCF rated expert to do so! โ€” with Shanmukha Meruga.

Beau Hardeman’s 1st invitational tournament. He held his 20th this past May.

Beau Hardeman’s enjoying a game with friends at Emory University Hospital.

Coach Hardeman is survived by sister Betsey Hardeman a host of relatives, friends and students! Funeral arrangements are pending. A full report will be given.

Coach Beau with one of his students. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Hello and thank you for this wonderful write up of Beau. I worked at Bellsouth/AT&T with Beau for years. I would love to come to his funeral when the arrangements have been finalized; God willing. Please keep me informed at my email address:
    My sincerest and deep condolences for Beau’s family and friends.

    May God have mercy on his soul and reward Beau generously in the next life for all the good that he did in this life.

    Marjorie Karim

  2. Condolences from the Jamaican Chess fraternity to the family and friends of one who obviously left a lasting legacy with his contribution. May his soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine on him while he moves to a new dimension to play (and coach) chess under closer guidance from his maker!

  3. Beau has touched many in the Morehouse Computer Science family as a professor and mentor. We know his legacy will carry on. Blessings and Peace.

  4. Hello everyone, Allow me to thank you again for your prayers and your support and concern expressed to me over this last month dealing with the illness and passing of my brother, Beau. You have no idea how much you have helped me during this most difficult time. Listed below are the corrections to my earlier e-mail. I apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused.
    Visitation – Friday, August 14, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Murray Brothers Funeral Home Cascade chapel, 1199 Utoy Springs Rd., SW Atlanta, Georgia
    Celebratory services for an extraordinary man – Saturday, August 15, 2015 – 3:00 p.m. – Big Bethel A.M.E. Church, 220 Auburn Avenue, NE Atlanta, Georgia
    Interment- Monday, August 17, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. – South View cemetery, 1990 Jonesboro Road, SE, Atlanta, Georgia
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beau’s favorite charity:
    “Unconditional Love for Children, Inc.
    P.O Box 1347
    Decatur, Georgia 30031-1347
    Any questions, please don’t hesitate to call. Thanks so much!!!
    I shared the title from this old song
    With Beau each day during his illness, and
    He always smiled. I paraphrased it from “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother to:
    Be blessed,

    1. Betsey, it’s Ginny Albert of the memoir mind for Beau. I so enjoyed meeting you and your wonderful family — just the kind of loving relatives I would expect Beau to have. Please do not hesitate to stay in touch.

      Best Always,

  5. Hello Betsey…so sorry about the loss of Beau…he was actually my son’s chess coach for a season, and we were friends that met at the Starbuck’s in Cascade area for years. I texted Beau in May, but had no idea that he was that ill! I am so sorry that I never got to see him again. Thankful for what he imparted into my three children, the younger two played in some of his tournaments, and the oldest helped man one of his events!
    btw…my son ended up playing chess at Chess for Peace in Moscow in 2006—as Beau would say…”Good moves…” Blessings…Yvonne Fry Johnson and Vanessa, Louis Fry V, and Nicole Fry

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