Bob Kermeen has won the Manx Championships 21 times. Neville Gill 19 times. Me never.
For many years the Chess club was based in the Belsfield Hotel – the proprietor was Rod Wiseman a keen chess player himself. Although i beat him several times over the years i’ll always remember my loss – i was in a winning position and my mobile phone went off! DAMN! I had to forfeit the game.
Howard missed a 2 move checkmate against me in the Manx Chess Championships and he was kind enough to offer a draw. He is such a kind generous man. I like playing the Chairman Howard Dobson.
My endgame is atrocious – will need to work on this. Training is definitely required. Brian Woodard lent me Silman’s complete endgame course. A brilliant book, the best endgame book i have ever read.
After the chess prizegiving in 2004, the chess club set up a football team – called the PawnStars. We weren’t very good.