Bernard Parun, 2009 Blitz Champion - 03.23.2014

posted Apr 25, 2020, 10:23 AM by Louisiana Chess   [ updated Jul 28, 2020, 1:48 PM ]
BERNARD PARUN, JR. 1944-2014,  born and raised in Louisiana, Bernard came from a recreation family. His mother was a math teacher, his father a military Major and coach. His was a family of games and Bernard’s early life was one of mastering all sorts of competitive games: fencing, boxing, crochet, card and board games.  His mother taught him chess (and math), and it was chess, a game of strategy that he loved best. His library housed a minimum of 100 well-worn chess books and games from world masters of chess which he accumulated beginning in the 1960s, a testament to his sincere life long diligence to improve his game.

 

In 1965 he enlisted in the Air Force in rank as Sargent thus avoiding the Vietnam draft.  While stationed on the Alysian Islands, Bernard was an active member of the Northern Lights Chess Club, winning more than 20 trophies. 

 

When discharged (1969) he established himself 
as a pressman at various printing companies and attended Delgado Jr. College in graphics and business (1975-79).  After the flood of Katrina, in 2005, he bid reconstruction contracts. 

 

Bernard was a life long active chess player holding memberships in the Air Force Northern Lights Chess Club (1966-69), the Treasurer of New Orleans Chess Club (1972) and a regular player at New Orleans and Metairie chess clubs, the Louisiana Chess Association and the U.S. Chess Federation, traveling often to play in regional and national matches.   In 2009 he proudly and humbly
 won the title of Blitz Champion at the Louisiana State Chess Championship match held on Sunday, September 6, 2009, at the Drury Inn of Baton Rouge about which they wrote this tribute:

 

“Bernard Parun won the 2009 Louisiana Blitz Championship in dramatic style with 9.0/10.0 points, finishing 0.5 points ahead of Rene Phillips. Parun demonstrated that his patience, healthy aggression, cunning opening play, masterful technique, and keen eye for mistakes are why he should be the most feared blitz player in the State for at least a year.  21 players competed for the title, but there could be only One: the man with the heart of a champion, Bernard Parun.”  

 

Loving chess and teaching it,  2011 Bernard initiated a chess program at the Alvar Branch of the New Orleans Public Library: “Chess involves a lot of time,...study, [and] memory.  You... study the game, learn your openings, learn your middle game, look at positions, think 10, 20 moves ahead. It’s a unique game, and it involves a lot of strategy... I think it... makes you a better person.” (Gambit, 2012) 

 

Bernard departed this earth on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in his own home, a tribute to his life was held with a gathering of chess players and friends who sent him off by playing chess.  His sister, Phyllis remembers “Bernard as  tender hearted, patient, yet strong willed and independent minded. He was very much his own person, did what he loved and courageously met life’s challenges. He was always a loyal and loving brother.    Thank you, Bernard, for embracing us and for enriching our lives. We miss you.”


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