The Gazette - May 2020

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Edited by Julie Leonard
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FIDE Veterans Awards 2020

Congratulations to our Honorary member, Gerry Walsh, for being named as one of seventeen worldwide honoured recipients of FIDE’s Veterans Awards for 2020! The awards are granted to distinguished players, coaches and organisers and are FIDE's contribution towards giving back a little to those who devoted their entire life to chess.

Gerry is only the second English person to receive this award, with another chess great, Leonard Barden, having been the first in 2014. Gerry is a former President of the English Chess Federation, a leading arbiter and one of the foremost tournament organisers from the North of England. He is well known for staging an impressive series of international events in Teesside in the 1970s, and for being the long-time organiser of the popular Scarborough weekend congress. However, we know him best as a loyal and longstanding supporter of the BCA and as our friend. It’s wonderful that the years he has dedicated to chess are being recognised on the international stage!