It is with great shock and a profound sense of loss that we report the death today of Alan Benjamin, 66, National Tournament Director, longtime President of the New York State Chess Association, and father of the US Champion, GM Joel Benjamin.  A retired New York City history teacher, Alan had apparently been recovering from an illness in recent months and was looking forward to playing in the coming weekend's Bermuda Open, but suddenly suffered a fatal heart attack.

Alan leaves his wife Phyllis, NYSCA Secretary and a frequent participant at USCF delegates meetings, and three children (Joel is the youngest).  Services will be held January 31st at 10 am at I. J. Morris Funeral Home at Flatbush Ave. and Ave. L, Brooklyn. Memorial contributions should be sent to the New York State Chess Association, c/o Phyllis Benjamin, 1759 E 32 St., Brooklyn, NY 11234.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Benjamin family. homepage