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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Dr. David Allen, Sr.

     In response to the mention of the pioneering Afro-American masters in the preceding post, I have been informed that Dr. David Allen, Sr. of Cleveland, Ohio passed away from complications caused by diabetes on November 22, 2019. He was born January 31st, 1960 and was just 59 years old. 
     Dr. Allen graduated from John Adams High School in 1978 and then obtained Bachelors degrees in both Psychology and Mathematics from Cleveland State University and later obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Capella University's first computer science program. He taught children in the Cleveland school district and worked on computer projects for Cleveland Clinic. 
     An inspiration to many, David Allen was a teacher, mentor and father to many whether they were related or not. A Life Master with the USCF, for over 20 years he lead scholastic teams to state and national chess titles. He was the 2005 Ohio Co-Champion. He also played on Chess.com under the name RuffumUP. 
     See Chess Drum articles HERE and HERE. Here is one of his Chess.com games. 

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