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NM Alan Trefler, CEO of Pegasystems visits Chess in the Schools
On Thursday, November 16th, Chess in the Schools College Bound students were treated to a special visit from NM Alan Trefler. Students heard a bit about Trefler’s background in chess and eight selected students played in a simul against the accomplished chess player.
Trefler, at only 19 years of age, and rated only 2045, won the 1975 World Open Chess Championship with GM Pal Benko. By age 27, Trefler founded Pegasystems – now a multinational software company – in 1983. He shared that it was chess that got him interested in computers. While Trefler no longer competes, he said he still plays chess often.
Students enjoyed playing the simul and many said how much fun it was to play against Trefler. One student commented that he has a great sense of humor when playing and he was great at keeping the games fun and exciting for the spectators!
Chess in the Schools presented Trefler with the issue of Chess Life covering his 1975 World Open win. Chess in the Schools hopes to have another simul and chess night with Alan Trefler soon!