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RIP Julian Farrand

https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=10928

Tribute to Julian Farrand https://britishchessnews.com/2020/07/20/prof-julian-t-farrand-13-viii-1935-17-vii-2020/

Peter Webster "Condolences to Tom and his family. He played for the Greater Manchester team I captained in my gap year, and had the best individual record that season. I remember him arriving breathless at a venue in Worcestershire just before the default time and bashing out 1...Nc6 in response to 1 e4, and quickly getting a winning position".

Julian Farrand vs Harry Golombek British Chess Championships Bristol 1968  https://share.chessbase.com/SharedGames/share/?p=XQOCrvPHBxI0VwiZf4Zxn6nvUciM9Mqbts3pMUMHtK2SbHNgISC7O6CYJLl6EHQe Harry Golombek was a three times British chess champion 1947,1949,1955.

Julian Farrand winning for the England senior  Team March 2020 https://share.chessbase.com/SharedGames/share/?p=XQOCrvPHBxI0VwiZf4Zxn496X/RrhP/4TRo05LrUzrcVVbUk8xIgo9K8Vjdi1ykV

RIP Neville Hawkins 

I am sorry to inform you that Neville Hawkins who used to be involved in

 

Manchester chess died on Friday 10th July aged 88 years.

 

Nina Hawkins

Bernard Sharples 12 March 1938 to 14 July 2020 

It is with immense sadness that Bury Chess Club have to announce the death this morning of our club President, Bernard Sharples

 

 

Bernard died peacefully  at home, at 5 pm on 13th July.  Having very recently been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus; he was 82; he is survived by his wife Marjorie

 

 

Bernard was a member when the club formed in 1956 having played chess at Bury Grammar, and remained a member with only a break in the 1970s when his work as a Tax Inspector took him away from Bury; as well as club President and Committee Member, he was Press Secretary, former first team captain and tournament controller, and also former Auditor of the Manchester Chess Federation

 

 

Bernard was close to 200 strength at his peak, and remained a 150 grade player in his 80s, testament to his underlying chess ability, and his determination and mental sharpness

 

 

We’re not sure that the club will survive without him, and we can’t imagine we will see his like again; he always made an effort to welcome new players, young and old, to the club, and encourage them whatever their ability

 

 

More importantly, Bernard was a gentleman, genuinely interested in others, always happy to listen, put things into perspective, and give any help that he could; he was patient and kind, honest, reliable and trustworthy; everyone liked Bernard

 

 

We are all better for having known Bernard, and proud that he was our friend

 

 

Mick Norris, Treasurer Bury Chess Club