Richard Milnamow has lived on both coasts — in Marin County, California; Bergen County, New Jersey; and Boston. His older brother was instrumental in developing Richard’s love of chess, and the two have battled for dominance at more than 50 years of family gatherings. Over the years, Richard has taught the game to his numerous nieces and nephews. He has two adult daughters who live in the Chicago area and one grandchild.
After college he began a career in sales, initially with TWA and other travel-related companies. He later obtained an MBA and began a second career in marketing research. He has traveled extensively and always found chess to be a common denominator for striking up new encounters with others. Language was never a problem, as “check mate” was universally understood.