Adam P Desantis
Adam DeSantis (center) with James Hiltunen and Ken McBride
Friends may call Tuesday 4-7 pm at James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Rd. Burial in Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Kindly consider the National Kidney Foundation in memory of Avery Frechette.
To leave a special memory or note for the family, please visit Legacy.com
|The Chess Community wishes sincere condolences to Adam's family.|
The games played this Wednesday night with the Community Chess Club of Rochester
will be dedicated in memory of Adam.
Adam will be sadly missed. Adam was a tremendous friend to many, a long-time chess teacher and chess player. With his teaching, he introduced literally thousands of young people in the Rochester area to the game of chess. Adam loved the game of chess and he loved teaching. Over many years, Adam taught chess in the schools, many libraries and essentially any place where a chess board could be set up. You might have found Adam teaching chess at the Wegmans cafe, Leaf and Bean coffee shop in Chili, one of the many sports gyms, and the list goes on and on. He was absolutely the biggest proponent of chess with the biggest heart the Rochester community have ever come to know. This is why Adam DeSantis was known also as "Mr. Chess".
Adam always had chess sets in his car's trunk. Adam was always ready to bring out the chess board and chess pieces to teach chess and bring a wonderful smile of excitement to somebody new who maybe heard of the game of chess, but did not know the moves or the thrill of the game.
Among many chess clubs that Adam founded over the years is the Chili Library Chess Club. Adam ran the kids chess club with Fred Mellender for many many years.. This wonderful chess club for kids is growing and meetings several times a month.
|Chili Library Chess Club, founded by Adam DeSantis|
If you would like to leave a remembrance of Adam, the Legacy site is linked here for you to do so.
|Adam DeSantis playing chess during a simultaneous event.|
|Adam DeSantis with Calvin Moulton at the 2016 Marchand.|
|Adam DeSantis with Ken McBride at the 2016 Marchand.|
|Adam DeSantis (left front) played new Community Chess Club member Bob Talbot. |
In the background, Braden Holcomb (left) played Jim Trowbridge. July 30, 2014.
|Round 2: Adam DeSantis aka "Mr. Chess" (left) lost to Spencer Dewey.|
** from 2013 **
|Left to Right: Adam DeSantis, Grant Glor, Laszlo Tapaszto and David Love, Sept. 2016|
|From left to right: Adam DeSantis, Jim Trowbridge, Caleb Carroll, Jim Attaya, Laszlo Tapaszto, Mike Lionti, Joe Sarratori. Sept. 1, 2016.|
|Ken McBride, Isay Golyak and Adam DeSantis. May 20, 2015.|
Over the years, Adam found the game site itsyourturn.com to be one of his favorite hobbies. On the site, Adam could play chess from anywhere (frequently from Roberts Wesleyan College Library) and anytime. It was not uncommon to see that Adam was making chess moves at 3am in the morning.
|Adam's User Id on the site was "kandahar" aka "alyeska". He joined the site on Jan. 31, 2000.|