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Over-70 world chess champion lives in Prescott

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Prescott College alumnus Tony Ebarb considers a move in a chess game at the Wild Iris Coffee Shop in Prescott.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Prescott College alumnus Tony Ebarb considers a move in a chess game at the Wild Iris Coffee Shop in Prescott.

PRESCOTT - You might see him playing at a coffee shop in town or teaching at the public library. If you do, you might want to take some notes.

Easily someone who could pass as an Einstein impersonator, 74-year-old local business owner and Prescott College alumnus Tony Ebarb is a world-class chess player.

Ebarb first started playing when he was 17 and joined the Prescott Chess Club in the early '70s. Prescott Chess Champion is one of his many titles and definitely not the most prestigious - not to discredit the quality of chessmanship in this town.

Last year, he defended his title for the third year in a row as the blitz chess champion over 70 years old in the U.S. He is currently 44th in the world in blitz chess for those over 65 years old.

A few of his other recent chess achievements include:

• Arizona State Chess Champion over 70 for 2014.

• Western States Open Chess Tournament champion over 70 for 2014.

• World Chess Tournament champion in blitz chess over 70 for 2012.

"There aren't too many players over 70 who can still play fast, so I have a real advantage," Ebarb said. "I've always been a fast player."

Ebarb's passion for chess has much to do with teaching it. He passes on his knowledge to the curious every Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Prescott Library, and, of course, all of his children and four of his grandsons know how to play quite well.

"In January, seven of us Ebarbs played in the local chess tournament," Ebarb said.

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