Bob Donaldson a long time New Jersey chess leader passed away at the age of 91. Bob was active in the Wilmington YMCA Chess Club in the fifties and 60′s before moving to Toms River, NJ and starting the Toms River Chess Club in 1964. Bob was instrumental in representing NJ to the USCF and attended many delegate meetings and US Opens. He was active in chess up until 9 years ago as illness prevented him from going to tournaments and clubs.
Bob promoted chess in a small shore community and the club that he founded eventually grew into 200 plus members and was one of the largest chess clubs in the country. Well thru the 80′s Bob stayed involved with the club on it’s advisory board. He was a gracious and kind man that loved chess and will be long remembered by all who touched this knight of our royal game.
Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Chess Club, Lennart Ootes The following is based on a report by Dave Lazarus of the Westfield Chess Club NJ