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Buffalo Chess Expert Alan D.Fenster

Fenster, Alan D. View/Sign Guest Book Alan D. Fenster, a local chess expert, passed away on January 6, 2009. He was a beloved husband of Susan (Chludzinski) Fenster; devoted father of Sarah Fenster; stepfather of Simon and Gwendolyn Binder; and brother of Myrna Ross. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, 10:30 AM, at Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville. Memorials may be made to Temple Beth Am. Arrangements by MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME, 639-8890. Published in the Buffalo News from 1/7/2009 - 1/8/2009


  1. yeah i recall Fenster and i engaging in a bit of chess back in the 80s,great player, great fun , Peace.

  2. I played against him way back when. He was a very strong player and a classy person, Don Gregory

  3. I played last board on a team with Alan back in the 80's in a WNY Chess League. The team had Wayne Gradl on first board. I remember Alan as having a very friendly demeanor. If my memory serves me, he played in a simul against young Gata Kamsky held at Canisius College. I could be wrong, but he may have been one of the players who either beat or drew with Kamsky. I wonder if there is anybody around who could recollect. Somewhere among my belongings I have a VHS tape of that event.

    Gary Boye

  4. How nice of all of you to remember Alan. I didn't know him back in his playing days...but it's great to hear what he was like back then.

    I'm his wife, Susan, and just to set the record straight (-:, he was the first to beat Kamsky at that simul (I was there for that). He was very proud, and I still have a copy of the Buffalo News article memorializing the event, as well as the score sheet :)

    Thanks for the feedback....Susan Fenster

  5. I too remember Alan as a great chess player and a real mensch, from back in the 70s at UB. I was sad to hear of his passing.

    Dan Falk