GM Anatoly Lein passed away on March 1, 2018 at the age of 86. His wife of almost 40 years, the former Barbara Gottlieb, passed away two weeks ago.
When I was a young chess player living in New Jersey, I used to visit him all the time. He was always a tough fighter! In spite of knowing him very well, he never took it easy on me, even in fun games or practice!
We once faced over the board in a big Open Swiss event, and reached a Bishop opposite color endgame. This is an endgame I could draw blindfolded. But he refused and played on. We eventually drew after 130+ moves (AFAIR).
After the game, I asked him why he played on for so long with no practical winning chances. He said that was the best way for me to learn never to let my guard down, even in a drawn endgame.
RIP GM Lein! Thank you for your wisdom and advice!
Lein was New Jersey champion from 1992 through 1994.