Candidate master Lev Zilbermintz [pictured] sends this e-mail, regarding the chess column in The New York Times.
I have heard from sources that you are considering eliminating the chess column. This is a disgraceful decision, a slap in the face to history and chess players worldwide. Not sure if you know your own history, but there has been a NYT chess column since 1855.
On the behalf of chess players from Essex and Union counties in New Jersey, I demand that The New York Times keep its chess column. Because, if the column is not preserved, some chess players might stop reading The New York Times.
Lev D. Zilbermintz
Chess Champion of Essex County since 1995
Chess Champion of Union County 2014