Robert "Bob" Cyr (formerly known as Robert Kozlowski) joined the New Britain Chess Club family on July 28, 1987, at the age of nine.
father, Reginald Cyr, taught him the game and brought him to the club for many years. As the club's youngest member, Bob literality
with his chess family, and he soon adopted a mentor, Arkadijs Strazdins, to emulate and learn from.
By the mid-1990s, Bob was so inspired and impressed by Mr. Strazdins' labor of love for the club that he decided to begin
Bob's early roles included setting up equipment and tables prior to meetings and providing support to the tournament directing staff.
learning from Mr. Strazdins about how to direct tournaments, Bob took on his first major role in the club as a USCF certified
director in 1998. To date, he has successfully directed over one-hundred events. In 1999, Bob became club librarian. His
to maintain a huge collection of chess books that were donated by a former member. At the turn the century, Bob created the clubís
e-mail distribution list and worked with Mr. Strazdins to convert all records to electronic format.
After many years of loyal service to the organization, Bob eagerly took on his next major role as vice president in 2003. While most
ask themselves what absolutely needs to be done to fulfill the roles that they have taken on, Bob asks how that role can be expanded
provide its maximum benefit. As club vice president, this meant taking on many of the tasks formerly assigned to the president.
time, Bob also devoted his efforts to the preservation of the club archives, a job that Mr. Strazdins passionately performed for
In 2005, Bob pursued his own historic work for the club by writing the first newsletter, which he still publishes annually.
The years between 2007 and 2010 were a critical time for the club. Having to deal with both the loss of its strongest and longest
and the need for a new location, the clubís future was hardly guaranteed. Bobís experience in working with Mr. Strazdins proved key
ushering in new leadership and re-establishing a solid foundation for the future.
In 2010, after deciding not to continue as vice president, Bob created the new position of club historian. In 2011, Bob received a lifetime
membership achievement award for his many years of service and loyalty to the club. In 2015, Bob created the book "NBCC
Highlights and History: 1900-2004" and wrote the NBCC story, both of which were published, along with most of the club's history, on
Even though Bob is not as active in club management today because of his massive responsibilities as historian, he continues to be
the clubís most staunch advocates and contributors. In 2017, Bob submitted a story to the USCF for their contest on what chess means
people. Bobís story focused on how the people of NBCC have been his guiding forces on and off the chess board and how this warm and
welcoming community has truly enriched his life. Also that year, Bob hosted a party and tournament for the membership to celebrate
thirty years as a member of the NBCC. In 2018, Bob was presented with an
engraved crystal plaque in recognition for his many years of service as NBCC historian. In 2021, Bob
an engraved plaque from the Connecticut State Chess Association for his exemplary contributions to
Connecticut chess. In 2022, Bob
once again treated the membership to a party and a tournament, this time to celebrate his thirty-five years as a member of the NBCC.
Bob is also the historian and a lifetime member of the Connecticut State Chess Association and was the 1988 Connecticut Elementary
School and 1989 Connecticut Middle School Chess Champion.
Bob graduated from Central Connecticut State University with an MBA and a BS in Accounting.
1) 1987 - Robert Kozlowski and Hermann Zickfeld (left photo); Arkadijs Strazdins (right photo) - 1988 New Britain City Chess
Qualifier - Photo courtesy of the New Britain Herald
2) 1997 - Robert Kozlowski and his father, Reginald Cyr - 1997 Townsend Cup (at the Holiday Inn in Southington) - Photo courtesy of
3) 2015 - Andris Strazdins, Luis Delgado, Robert Cyr, and Richard Lee - 65th annual New Britain Chess Club
Championship - Photo courtesy of Luis Delgado
4) 1988 - Robert Kozlowski wins annual Connecticut State Elementary Chess Championship - Photo source unknown