Peter Keffler passed away on Tuesday
22nd December 2015 at 92 years of age. For many years Peter was a strong player
at the Clacton Chess Club who also played county chess for Essex,
Suffolk and in his earlier days for Somerset.
Following WWII, as RAF aircrew Peter
worked as an interpreter, having completed a combined services
course in Russian at Cambridge University. He obtained an honours
degree in French and Russian at Oxford University and then did
a postgraduate year for MA. He took up an academic career teaching
languages in the Bath/Somerset area and later moved to the Essex
area as Senior lecturer at St Osyth College.
At the peak of his chess playing Peter
had good scores against many well known
players with many of his games and ideas being quoted in the chess
literature of the day. He made contributions to Openings such
as the Two Knights Defence that were acknowledged by authoritative
Peter would often combine his chess
knowledge and experience to teach chess to juniors and many members
of Clacton Chess Club have been grateful for the time he often
spent to analyse games and encourage less experienced players
to improve their game. He kept a large stock of chess literature
and for many years ran a bookstall at most local and some national
In his later years Peter succumbed
to ill health, reduced mobility and gradually failing eyesight. He joined our Association and liked to talk
to us about the problems of playing chess with limited eyesight. He bought a Braille chess clock for use
in his games but he had difficulty in adapting to his new circumstances.
He will best be remembered for the many years when he was
a formidable opponent who played with great ‘style’.
v Peter Keffler c 1970
1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Bxf7+ Ke7 6. Bb3 Rf8 7. O-O d6 8. Nc3
Qe8 9. Nd5+ Kd8 10. Nxf6 gxf6 11. Nxh7 Rh8 12. Nxf6 Qg6 13. Nd5 Bg4 14. Qe1
Bf3 15. g3 Qxg3+
Note: This article is heavily based on one that appears on the
Clacton Chess Club website http://clactonchess.org.uk/wordpress/peter-keffler/
The piece was written by their Webmeister, Melvin Steele, and has been reproduced and
adapted for our gazette with the kind permission of Melvin and the Clacton
Club Secretary, John Lambert. We am very grateful to them and also to
Norman Wragg, who added some words about Peter from a BCA perspective.