Rest in Peace Grandmaster Puggly

Below is chess expert Francisco Anchondo’s report on the passing of Grandmaster Puggly. 


Francisco and Puggly were inseparable and easy to spot at scores of chess tournaments.
It is my sad duty to report that my infamous great lovely side kick has passed. On August 25 , 2015 at 1145 pm Puggly expired. (Unfortunately I was hospitalized in Vista California and my GM Puggly was with the best vet on the whole north american continent, Dr Jose Aguirre. His magic and knowledge could not save Puggly. He worked hard day and night caring for him and I must commend him for his fine work that I have seen personally. If you need a great vet his number is 011-52 -646 120-5520.)


L to R: Anatoly Karpov, Puggly and Francisco.
Puggly came into my world filling it with love and respect. He was like a medicine for me. I miss him so. May 2008 He pranced into my life. A neglected dog who was so loveable and I was so blessed to have him in my life. He calmed my spirit which had been full of negative experiences. He gave his whole love unconditionally to his owner and all the children in the Bay Area and Mexico. He was my chess dog! I recall Jerry Weikel calling him “shortround” so lovingly that he was just loved by everyone. From the Bay area to Reno to Vegas where he was so quite as I played round after round. So calm and so relaxed he was my whole world. He loved traveling and I went to every chess tournament I could find. He went to Agua Prieta Mexico just across Douglas Arizona which borders Mexico. Prior to crossing he was hungry and he let me know it. I drove up into this fast food place which had a drive through. I bought some BBQ ribs and he looked at me with those loving eyes. As he was saying what about me. I continued eating. He barked . Ok ok Mr White here you go. Puggly had many aliases . Mr White, Grandmaster Puggly, Killer Cottenball, The White Death, and my own, Boojibooboos. 


Puggly meeting Susan Polgar for the first time.
The chess Director in Agua Prieta was so kind and wonderful to my dog. All the kids loved him. Gracias to my friend Martin, Nelly and everyone in Agua Prieta. Thank you for the beautiful memories. Thank you also Chris Torres for having me as a teacher with you from 2010- 2014. I love you all . Thank you Ed Lewis for being so loving to my dog. Thank you also David Zimbeck for shaing those beautiful memories of me and Puggly in Ensenada Mexico, Mexicali Mexico and Hollywood California.Thank you GM Sevillano, World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov, and Womens world Champion Susan Polgar for those beautiful pictures of my dog. To IM Emory Tate whom I respect and love. Thank you brother! To all the IM s , GMs whom we met in our travels I thank you all. To all the children in the U.S. and Mexico who touched our lives and vice versa. Thank you George K. from Houston formerly from Louisiana a good friend you have truly been. In Memoriam to GM Larry Evans who was kind to me and my dog. Larry you were a great person, and a great chess player. To GM Walter Browne who we all miss, and to all the kids at Collins Elementary, Muir Elementary,Achiever and Mission San Jose Elementary Monday sessions along with the Summer chess camps held at Mission San Jose Gym from 2010 -2014. Thank you also to Dr. Kirshner for having me teach along with my side kick Puggly. So many good memories. Thanks to Mr Shorman also for all the photos he took of Puggers, Puggly. Last but not least my loving brother David Anchondo who showed Puggly his loving care and affection. Puggly was my spoiled rotten to the core Bujibooboos, which I lovingly called him.

  Puggly you touched my life and that of many others giving your love unconditionally no matter what. I miss you so. Enjoy your canine friends in dog heaven. No more suffering, no more tears no more worries. I love you Puggly. Thank you for all the beautiful memories.I miss you so my Bujibooboos. 

Published by chessmusings

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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