1966: Richard Hall writes:

Richard Hall writes:

I was at Exeter University, reading law, from 1964-1967, The University team was very strong, with myself, B.D. Dabulawicus, M.B. Sage and D.E.Brown all in the same year.

I believe I joined the Exeter City Club for only one year, 1966-67. This was predominantly so that we could enter a strong Exeter team in the National Club Championship. Brian Dabulawicus, Martyn Sage and myself joined together; A.R.B. Thomas was also a member. That year I also won the Devon Championship, beating D.J. Richards in the final, having beaten Andrew Thomas in an earlier round.

Exeter had a very good run in that year, as follows:

1 st Round bye

2 nd Round 6-0 vs. Barnstaple

3 rd Round 3-3 vs. Torbay (won on board count)

4 th Round 31/2 — 21/2 vs. Islington and North London

¼ Final 3-3 vs. Cambridge Univ. (won on board count)

1/2 Final 1-5 vs. Bradford

Bradford went on to win the final against Manchester.

I effectively gave up over-the-board chess in the 1970s and took up postal chess. I am currently the British Correspondence Champion, a correspondence IM elect, playing in a world Championship semi-final and playing on Board 3 for England in the correspondence chess Olympiad.

Chess Quotes

Chess and life
"Luzhin, preparing an attack for which it was first necessary to explore a maze of variations, where his every step aroused a perilous echo, begain a long meditation: he needed, it seemed, to make one last prodigious effort and whe would find the secret move leading to victory. Suddenly, something occurred outside his being, a scorching pain - and he let out a loud cry, shaking his hand stung by the flame of a match, which he had lit and forgotten to apply to his cigarette.
— Vladimir NABOKOV, The Defence.