Eric Horsboll

Eric Horsboll, 77, of New Paltz passed away on January 12, 2021. He was born August 2, 1943, to Egon and Valborg (Nielsen) Horsboll who emigrated from Vejle, Denmark and settled in Whitestone, NY, where Eric was raised. He came to New Paltz to attend college in 1961, following his brother Ernst (and sister-in-law Catherine Burlingame) who graduated in 1960. His parents retired to New Paltz later in life and were members of the United Methodist Church.

Eric was an alumnus of the Class of 1965 with a major in Secondary Education (history & political science) and took graduate courses in International Relations. Students who had him as a student teacher have written fondly about his impact on them. Eric then taught Social Studies in the Bronx and Marlboro, NY.  Leaving his teaching career, he devoted his life to two passions: music promotion and chess. He successfully brought the 9th World Open Chess Tournament to SUNY New Paltz in 1981, assembling 702 players from around the world. Eric was a USCF rated ‘Expert’ chess player himself; won the Dutchess County Chess Championship in 1991, 1994 and 1999; and served as a mentor to many local chess players for decades. One of his biggest thrills was hosting World Champion Anatoly Karpov, bringing him to “The Homestead” to play local chess enthusiasts. Quoting a friend, “When the history of New Paltz is written, an entire chapter can be devoted to the uniqueness of 10 New Paltzers of the 60’s, of whom Eric was one.” He was known for his warm personality and long-time friendships. Eric always loved a good debate, even if you were both on the same side of an argument.

Eric is survived by his brother Paul Horsboll (Lorette) of Chesapeake, VA, sister Sandra Santafede of The Villages, FL, sister-in-law Catherine Newton of  Saugerties, ex-wife Robin Cohen-La Valle of New Paltz, and ex-wife Elizabeth Fasolino—as well as five nephews, three nieces, several great nieces and nephews, cousins in Denmark, and many great friends. He was predeceased in 1963 by his brother Ernst, and later by his parents.

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A memorial gathering celebrating his life will be scheduled in the summer or fall. Donations made in his memory will celebrate the following: The Vassar Chadwick Chess Club through scholarships for young chess players, a memorial bench in front of P&Gs Restaurant, and memorial recognition on the SUNY New Paltz campus. Donations and reflections can be made at ‘Eric Horsboll Memorial Fund’ here, or if preferred, checks and short recollections can be sent to Eric Horsboll Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1194, New Paltz, NY 12561.

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  1. Jimbo

    Eric played poker with us most Tuesdays for years. Ours is a lively group always yelling and laughing. He was always up for a heated discussion and we were always happy to oblige. I ran into him here and there around town, he enjoyed sitting outside and watching New Paltz move. One time I was with my daughter Lily. He was taken by her and told her stories of his own aunt, also named Lily. Eric was one of a kind and will be missed.

  2. Alan Lasser

    i was the New York State Quick Chess Champion in 2012(see nysca.net/pdf/winter13.pdf). Even in his 70’s, Eric was a fine speed player, out of a couple hundred recorded games, these are his best against me. (there is another file of my best games against him)

    Alan Lasser-Eric Horsboll
    12/10/14
    Rosendale Chess Club
    game/10
    1.d4 c5 2.b4 cxd4 3.Nf3 a6 4.Bb2 d6 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Nd2 e6 7.e4 Be7 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.a3 O-O 10.O-O Bd7 11.f4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Bc6 13.c4 b5 14.cxb5 Bxb5 15.Bxb5 axb5 16.Qe2 Qb8 17.e5 dxe5 18.Bxe5 Qb6+ 19.Kh1 Rad8 20.Nb3 Nd5 21.Nd4 Bf6 22.Qxb5 Qxb5 23.Nxb5 Bxe5 24.fxe5 Ne3 25.Rf2 Rd5 26.Re1 Rxe5 27.Rfe2 Rxb5 28.Rxe3 Ra8 29.Rd1 g6 30.g3 h5 31.Kg2 Kg7 32.Rd7 Rd5 33.Rxd5 exd5 34.Rd3 Kf6 35.b5 Ke6 36.b6 Kd6 37.Rb3 0-1 (I lost the ending many moves after my scoresheet ends)

    Eric Horsboll-Alan Lasser
    1/25/15
    New Paltz Chess Club
    game/15
    1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nge2 c5 6.g3 Nc6 7.Bg2 Be6 8.O-O Be7 9.d4 cxd4 10.exd4 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 Rc8 14.Qf3 Qb6 15.Be3 Qxb2 16.Rfb1 Qf6 17.Qxb7 O-O 18.a4 Bc5 19.Bxc5 Rxc5 20.Qxa7 Rc2 21.Rc1 Rfc8 22.Re1 h5 23.h4 R8c5 24.Qb8+ Kh7 25.Be4+ g6 26.Bxc2 Rxc2 27.Qf4 Qc3 28.a5 Bc4 29.Rac1 1-0

    Alan Lasser-Eric Horsboll
    2/8/15
    New Paltz Chess Club
    game/15
    1.d4 d5 2.Qd3 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Bf4 Bg7 6.e4 dxe4 7.Nxe4 O-O 8.O-O-O Nxe4 9.Qxe4 Bf5 10.Qe3 Re8 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Rxd3 e6 13.c4 Nd7 14.Re1 b5 15.cxb5 cxb5 16.Kb1 Nb6 17.Bg5 Qc7 18.Rc1 Qb7 19.Bh6 Rac8 20.Bxg7 Rxc1+ 21.Qxc1 Kxg7 22.b3 Qe4 23.Qe3 Qxe3 24.fxe3 b4 25.Ne5 Rc8 26.e4 f6 27.Nf3 a5 28.Rd2 a4 29.Rc2 axb3 30.axb3 Kf7 31.Rxc8 Nxc8 32.Kc2 f5 33.e5 Nb6 34.Ng5+ Ke7 35.Nxh7 Nd5 36.g3 Ne3+ 37.Kd3 Nf1 38.Ng5 Nxh2 39.Kc4 Nf1 40.Kxb4 Nxg3 41.Kc3 Ne2+ 42.Kd3 Nf4+ 43.Kd2 Nd5 44.Kd3 Kd7 45.Kc4 f4 46.Kd3 Nb4+ 47.Ke4 Nd5 ½-½

    Eric Horsboll-Alan LAsser
    3/1/15
    New Paltz Chess Club
    game/10
    1.g3 d5 2.Bg2 e5 3.e3 c5 4.Ne2 Nc6 5.O-O f5 6.c3 Nf6 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 e4 9.Nbc3 Bd6 10.a3 O-O 11.b4 a6 12.Bd2 b5 13.f3 Be6 14.fxe4 fxe4 15.Nf4 Qd7 16.Nxe6 Qxe6 17.Rc1 Ne7 18.Ne2 g5 19.Qb3 Rac8 20.Nc3 h5 21.a4 bxa4 22.Nxa4 h4 23.Nc5 Bxc5 24.dxc5 hxg3 25.hxg3 Qg4 26.Be1 Nh5 27.Qd1 Qxd1 28.Rxd1 g4 29.Rxf8+ Rxf8 30.Bf1 Nf5 31.Bxa6 Nxe3 32.Rc1 d4 33.c6 Nd5 34.Bc4 Nf6 1-0 (I resigned about ten moves after my scoresheet ends when it became obvious that his pawn would queen first)

    Eric Horsboll-Alan Lasser
    3/15/15
    New Paltz Chess Club
    game/15
    1.g3 d5 2.Bg2 e5 3.e3 f5 4.Ne2 Nf6 5.O-O Bd6 6.d3 O-O 7.Nd2 Nc6 8.c4 Ne7 9.cxd5 Nexd5 10.e4 Ne7 11.Nc4 fxe4 12.Nxd6 cxd6 13.dxe4 Qb6 14.Nc3 Be6 15.b3 Rad8 16.Bb2 d5 17.exd5 Nexd5 18.Nxd5 Bxd5 19.Qe2 Bxg2 20.Kxg2 Qc6+ 21.Kg1 e4 22.Bxf6 Rxf6 23.Rae1 Re8 24.Rc1 Qe6 25.Rfe1 Rf7 26.Rc4 Rfe7 27.Qe3 b6 28.a4 Qd5 29.Rd4 Qc5 30.b4 Qc2 31.a5 bxa5 32.bxa5 Qc6 33.Qb3+ Qe6 34.Qe3 Qc6 35.Red1 Qc5 36.a6 Qb6 37.Qg5 e3 38.Qd5+ Kh8 39.fxe3 Rxe3 40.Qd6 R3e6 41.Qxb6 Rxb6 1-0 (many moves after my scoresheet ends, I managed to lose the ending)

    Eric Horsboll-Alan Lasser
    4/1/15
    Rosendale Chess Club
    game/10
    1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 exd5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nge2 Be7 6.g3 O-O 7.Bg2 c6 8.d4 Bg4 9.h3 Bf5 10.O-O Nbd7 11.g4 Be4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Ng3 Nxg3 14.fxg3 Qc7 15.e4 dxe4 16.Bxe4 Qxg3+ 17.Bg2 Bd6 18.Rf3 Qh2+ 19.Kf1 f5 20.g5 Rae8 21.Be3 Rxe3 22.Rxe3 Qf4+ 23.Qf3 Qxg5 24.Rae1 Nf6 25.Kg1 Ne4 26.R3e2 Bg3 27.Rd1 Rd8 28.Qb3+ Kh8 29.Qxb7 Qf6 30.d5 cxd5 31.Rxd5 Rxd5 32.Qxd5 Qb6+ 33.Kf1 Bh2 34.Qa8+ Bb8 35.Rc2 Ng3+ 36.Ke1 Qg1+ 37.Kd2 Qf2+ 38.Kc3 Qc5+ 39.Kb3 Qb5+ 40.Kc3 Qc5+ 41.Kd2 Qf2+ 42.Kc3 ½-½

    Alan Lasser-Eric Horsboll
    4/8/15
    Rosendale Chess Club
    game/10
    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.a4 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Bd3 Be7 8.O-O Nc6 9.Be3 Ne5 10.h3 Bd7 11.f4 Nxd3 12.Qxd3 O-O 13.g4 e5 14.Nf5 Bxf5 15.gxf5 Rc8 16.Rad1 exf4 17.Bxf4 Qb6+ 18.Be3 Qxb2 19.Bd4 Qa3 20.Ra1 Qb4 21.Rab1 Qc4 22.Rxb7 Bd8 23.Qe3 Ba5 24.Bxf6 gxf6 25.Nd5 Kh8 26.Nxf6 Qxc2 27.Qh6 Rg8+ 28.Ng4 Qxe4 29.Rxf7 Rxg4+ 30.hxg4 Qxg4+ 31.Kh2 Rc2+ 0-1

    Alan Lasser-Eric Horsboll
    5/17/15
    New Paltz Chess Club
    game/15
    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be3 Be7 7.Be2 Nf6 8.O-O Bd7 9.f4 O-O 10.g4 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Bc6 12.g5 Ne8 13.Rad1 g6 14.h4 Nc7 15.f5 exf5 16.exf5 d5 17.f6 Bd6 18.h5 Ne6 19.Qh4 Bc5 20.Bxc5 Nxc5 21.hxg6 fxg6 22.f7+ Rxf7 23.Rxf7 Kxf7 24.Qxh7+ Ke6 25.Bg4+ Kd6 26.Qh2+ Ke7 27.Qe5+ Kf8 28.Qh8+ Ke7 29.Re1+ Kf7 30.Qh7+ Kf8 31.Rf1+ 1-0

    Eric Horsboll-Alan Lasser
    10/25/15
    New Paltz Chess Club
    game/15
    1.c4 b5 2.cxb5 a6 3.e4 e6 4.bxa6 Bxa6 5.Bxa6 Nxa6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Nc3 d5 8.e5 Nd7 9.d4 c5 10.Be3 Qb6 11.b3 c4 12.bxc4 Bb4 13.Rc1 Qa5 14.Bd2 dxc4 15.O-O Nb6 16.Ne4 Qxa2 17.Bxb4 Nxb4 18.Nd6+ Ke7 19.Ng5 Nd3 20.Rb1 Rhb8 21.Ngxf7 Nd5 22.Rxb8 Rxb8 23.Qg4 N5f4 24.g3 Ne2+ 25.Kg2 Qa8+ 26.Kh3 Ng1+ 27.Kh4 Qg2 28.Ng5 Qxh2+ 29.Nh3 Nxh3 30.Qxh3 g5+ 31.Kg4 Nxf2+ 32.Rxf2 Qxf2 33.Qxh7+ 1-0 (momentarily overlooking that I was in check, I played an illegal move here, 34…Qe2, and he took my king)

    Eric Horsboll-Alan Lasser
    2/17/16
    Rosendale Chess Club
    game/15
    1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 exd5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nge2 c5 6.d4 Nc6 7.g3 Bg4 8.Bg2 c4 9.O-O Be7 10.f3 Be6 11.Nf4 O-O 12.b3 Bb4 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.Bd2 Bxc3 15.Bxc3 b5 16.b4 a5 17.a3 axb4 18.axb4 Qe7 19.Qc2 Nxb4 20.Qb1 Nd3 21.Rxa8 Rxa8 22.Qxb5 Ra3 23.Ba5 Rb3 24.Qc6 e5 25.Bb6 Qd7 26.Qa8+ Kf7 27.dxe5 Nxe5 28.Bd4 Nc6 29.f4 Nxd4 30.exd4 c3 31.Ra1 c2 32.Qa2 Qc7 33.Rc1 Qc3 34.Qxc2 Qxd4+ 35.Kh1 Rd3 36.h3 Rxg3 37.Qc7+ Kf8 38.Re1 Rxg2 39.Qe7+ Kg8 40.Kxg2 Qd2+ ½-½ (the game was drawn many moves after my scoresheet ends)

    Eric Horsboll-Alan Lasser
    2/24/16
    Rosendale Chess Club
    game/15
    1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.g3 O-O 7.Bg2 c5 8.O-O Nc6 9.Bg5 c4 10.Re1 Be6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.e3 a6 13.b3 b5 14.bxc4 dxc4 15.Ne4 Be7 16.h4 Bd5 17.Nc3 Bb4 18.Rc1 Ba3 19.Rc2 Nb4 20.Rd2 Nd3 21.Rxd3 cxd3 22.Nxd5 Qxd5 23.Qxd3 Qxa2 24.Ng5 g6 25.Bxa8 Rxa8 26.Qe4 Rd8 27.Qf3 Be7 28.Re2 Qd5 29.e4 Qc4 30.d5 Bxg5 31.hxg5 Qc1+ 32.Kg2 Qxg5 33.e5 Qe7 34.d6 Qe6 35.Qe4 f5 36.Qd4 Rd7 37.f4 Kf7 38.Rc2 g5 39.Rc7 gxf4 40.Rxd7+ Qxd7 41.gxf4 Qc6+ 42.Kg3 Ke6 1-0 (many moves after my scoresheet ended, he won the ending)

  3. Ned Black

    The Year was nineteen sixty something. We were both students at SUNY New Paltz. Eric wanted the “Jerry Lee Lewis Live” vinyl (remember vinyl?) record album. We (he) drove to midtown manhattan, he knew exactly where he was going.
    We pulled up in front of a huge record store and Eric jumped out of the car. The store was closed, but he was determined and banged on the front door until the patron came and opened it (Remember it was the 60’s) Eric paid him for the album. We (he) turned around drove back to New Paltz.
    I’ll miss you Man!
    -Ned

  4. Martin McPhillips

    A few years ago Eric stopped by and we were talking and he started reciting long passages of scripture. He wasn’t religious but he had memorized parts of the New Testament that had struck him. He was also very excited about a service at a particular church in Manhattan that he had been to and insisted that I had to go. (I didn’t go.) Eric had stories. A lot of them. And he told them well. Last time I ran into him, during the past year, late summer, he was positioned at a table outside P&Gs. We talked for a while. He looked good and I told him so. He had good color. He seemed a little befuddled, but no more than he would occasionally get the last few years. He was a New Paltz guy. Independent, always smart and often brilliant, with a grand sweeping sense of humor. He couldn’t keep himself from laughing and being amused. I liked Eric, and I think a lot of people did. He was a New Paltz guy.

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