Asa Hoffmann

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Asa Hoffmann (born February 25, 1943 in New York City) is a FIDE Master in chess, chess teacher and author from the United States of America. He is known as "the sparring partner of champions".[1] His peak USCF rating is 2471 and his peak blitz rating is 2515. [2] He was portrayed in the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer by actor Austin Pendleton.[3]

Chess Simul NYC (1980)

He was a New York City junior champion in 1962 and won a medal in the U.S. Armed Forces Championship in 1966. Hoffmann has won hundreds of chess tournaments. He was vice president of the Manhattan Chess Club.[4] He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Marshall Chess Club in New York City.

Specializing in blitz chess, he has been described by Yasser Seirawan as "a near legendary figure in the New York City chess world" and a collection of his games entitled The Chess Gladiator (Intl Chess Enterprises, 1996) includes a blitz win against Bobby Fischer.[5] During his more than 50-year chess career, he has played and beaten most of the U.S. Grandmasters and many World Championship contenders[citation needed] and also holds the titles of U.S. Life Master and U.S. Senior Master. He was at one time ranked number 21 among U.S. players.[citation needed]

Hoffmann is interviewed in the documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World along with Anthony Saidy, Larry Evans,and Susan Polgar.

On February 24, 2014 Hoffmann married fellow chess player Virginia D'Amico LoPresto. Their wedding reception was held at the Marshall Chess Club. The two had dated 37 years earlier and were reunited in 2013 through Facebook.

Hoffmann is currently working on a book about his signature Czech Benoni chess opening and plans to write an update of his earlier book The Chess Gladiator as well as a book of his memoirs.