I rarely mention open Swisses, but because the email advertising the Sevan Muradian Memorial calls it a "benefit" for his family this is a worthwhile exception. If you're going to be near Chicago around the Thanksgiving Day weekend and have time for a tournament, please consider participating in this event.
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As noted here, Chicago area organizer, director, and International Arbiter Sevan Muradian passed away this past Wednesday. For those who are so inclined, there are some concrete things you can do to celebrate his memory.
First, from Chris Wainscott (via Brian Karen): "I am writing an obituary for CLO [DM: Chess Life Online]. It will mostly be remembrances by friends and colleagues. If anyone who knew Sevan would like to send me something for possible inclusion please email me at cwainscott [at-symbol] wi.rr.com."
Second, Daniel Parmet has written a nice tribute to Sevan, and at the end of the article offers information about visitation and the funeral (both of which are today - Monday - so if you're near Chicago and interested please have a look straight away) along with a link to a GoFundMe page set up for Sevan's daughters.
Some very sad news from Chicago: Sevan Muradian, probably the best-known organizer from the Midwestern United States, passed away at home on Wednesday night. The cause of death is unknown, or at least has not yet been reported, but to all accounts it seems to have been entirely unexpected - as it should be when someone just 40 years of age passes away.
Sevan organized events of all sorts, from rank and file scholastic tournaments all the way up to large open events and IM and GM norm tournaments. (My acquaintance with him came primarily from playing in five or six of his IM norm tournaments.) He was an energetic and upbeat person with a good, slightly but not maliciously sarcastic sense of humor, and as far as I could tell got along very well with everyone. For the chess community, his death is not just a loss because of the tournaments that now will not be; it is and will be a personal loss - the loss of a friend to many, and the loss of a friendly acquaintance to many more.
Above all it is a terrible loss to his wife and children. They have my condolences and my prayers.