Northern California Chess Voice 1979-1982 Vol. 12-14 The April-May 1978 issue brought another treat by the poet chess master, Dennis Fritzinger, "Adventure in the Vineyards": about his adventures at the Paul Masson tournament. "Rams, Roms, Bytes and Chips" by John Larkins and Larry Wagner; about the world's first microcomputer chess tourney came out in the June-July 1978 issue. The next issue had, "The Lone Wolf, an Interview with Bent Larsen" by R. E. Fauber. Around this time, the Association of Chess Journalists voted Chess Voice the "Best State or Regional Publication of 1978."A people person, John brought players to life while describing their games, tournament scores and exploits, within the pages of Chess Voice.
One of the best chess articles ever written about chess appeared in the June-September 1979 issue: "How the Whales Got Unlucky at Masson", again by the poet chess master Dennis Fritzinger. This was John Larkins last issue as Editor. Chess Voice was again voted the "Best State or Regional Publication of 1979." The next Editor, National Master and chess historian Richard Fauber, wrote and published very good, in-depth articles with less whimsy, but more chess. "A Browne Study" by R.E. Fauber, a Walter Browne bio, was published in the August-September 1980 issue. Another great article by the poet NM Fritzinger, "A Whale's-Eye View of the State Championship or could it be that deep down inside i am a while! - DF" appeared in the February-March 1981 issue: shades of E. E. Cummings! The June-July and August-November issues gave very insightful coverage of the Palo Alto 1981 United States Open Championship.