Les Whittle 1939-2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Les Whittle, one of our stronger players who has been a BCA member for many years.

Les was born in 1939 and educated at the Royal Normal College in Shropshire.

For many years, fixed holidays from work prevented Les from attending over the board events, but he was very active in postal chess for many decades.

He was a Group Leader in the Correspondence Championship until earlier this year.

He also played regularly for the BCA team in the British Correspondence Chess League.

After retiring, Les was free to go to over the board events. He was a regular competitor at our week long and weekend tournaments. He was also a regular coach at the Windermere chess theme breaks. 


Les travelled to many Irish Open tournaments.

He played for the UK in Six Nations events:

Germany 2003

Netherlands 2005

Germany 2007

France 2015. He also played for us in an anglo-dutch match in 1983.

He played for the UK in IBCA events:

5th IBCA World Cup, Greece 2005

4th IBCA European Individual Championship in Durham, 2007

Inaugural IBCA European Team Championship in Poland, 2016.

One of Les's finest achievements in the BCA was when he scored six points from eight games at the Tarragona Olympiad in 2004 and won the Board 4 Silver Medal for the UK.

Les was a former President of the Northumberland Chess Association and subsequently an honorary Life Vice President. He was a stalwart of the Morpeth Chess Club and its secretary for decades. Les organised many charity events at the Morpeth club to raise money for the BCA. He was the County Captain of Northumberland from 1984-91.

Les’s interests outside chess included listening to music, the sound-recording of birds and tending his allotment. He was jovial, friendly and witty and always had time to chat and swap stories. He will be greatly missed by all his friends in the BCA and by those in the wider community.


BCA 2002 - 2018