By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase JULY 05, 2015
We have learned of the unexpected death of the six-time US champion, Grandmaster Walter S. Browne, at the age of 66 in Las Vegas. Browne was a true American chess legend and an icon throughout his career.
Besides the six US championships he either won outright or tied for, Browne also won 11 National Opens in Las Vegas, three American Opens, and three World Opens, including the first one in 1973.
Browne long fought for equal recognition with Bobby Fischer, but the similarity began and ended with their both being from the Bronx and dropouts from Erasmus High School. Browne was also a very successful poker player, which seemed to be his main source of income over the years. Browne cut a striking figure at the chess board, with his long hair and intense manner. He always caused much excitement with his chronic and immense time scrabbles. The chess world mourns his passing.