Prolific Chess Author and Publisher Bob Long Killed in his Home

01.12.20 We are deeply shocked and saddened to report the murder of author, publisher, and well-known chess personality Bob Long. Bob was a one-of-a-kind pioneer in the world of chess who dedicated his life to doing what he loved. As a chess expert, organizer, director, author, publisher, sharp-witted colleague, friend, and the list goes on, Bob was an indefatigable icon. He will be deeply missed by the many, many friends whose lives he touched.

Bob Long (September 16, 1945 - January 7, 2020) image: William Graves

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In a state of disbelief and horror I read of the tragic death of my long-time chess friend and colleague Bob Long. Bob and I have corresponded over chess for twenty-five years. As a lover of all things C.J.S. Purdy, Bob was my go-to-guy for a seemingly endless supply of Purdy's teachings, writings, games, and life musings in the form of books, magazines, special monographs, and hard-to-find tidbits.

Bob was irascible and acerbic. He was also thoughtful, kind, fair, honest, and a good friend. He would do anything he could to satisfy the needs of the chess community. Bob's most-recent business reincarnation The Chess Butler speaks to his dedication and devotion to serve up the beauty of chess with dignity and aplomb to his small but fervent group of followers.

Bob was a prolific writer. Aside from the many books he wrote and published, Bob maintained a blog called bobthechesser 50+ Years of Chess Adventures. His personal emails often contained humorous, educational, and deeply profound reflections on the game of chess and the game of life.

Bob's latest work, an expanded edition of C.J.S. Purdy's Search for Chess Perfection, was completed and mailed to many eagerly waiting chess fans in late December of 2019. On January 9th, just two days after Bob's untimely passing and not knowing the fate that befell him, I sent him the following email correspondence thanking him for his work in keeping the Purdy legacy alive. It was a thank you note that, sadly, he never received.

Hi Bob,

I just wanted to let you know that I received the Purdy book.

Thanks for your continued work to keep Purdy's legacy alive. I'm really enjoying the new book and Volume 3 of What's Wrong With Your Chess? At times I laugh out loud at Purdy's writings. For example, "Castling is like marriage, it should not be entered into irresponsibly."

I have also started to really study Volume 1 games as well. I now have quite the Purdy library.

Wishing you all the best in 2020!


Bob will be sorely missed. I extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Rest in peace and Godspeed Bob.


I knew Bob, played him several times (he was an expert). Saddened and shocked at his demise.

LM Dale Sharp

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