George Plechaty 14.04.2008

We are sorry to have to announce that George died on the morning of Monday 14 April.


George had been courageously fighting a serious blood disorder during the last year. For the past few weeks, he intended to play as many chess tournament as he could manage whilst he still had the strength. His last event was the B.C.A. A.G.M. tournament on 29th March 2008. 

Here are a few words from his many friends:

To all of George's many friends,


I played George at the recent B.C.A. tournament and cannot fully take in the suddenness of his passing. I can't express how much I admired the understated way in which he spoke about his situation, I shall always remember the fighting spirit which he showed in his chess and in his life, He met adversity with a defiant and cheerful resolution to make the best of what was there rather than brood on what was not to be.


He was a fine example to us all.


Bill Armstrong.


I was very sad to hear of the death of George, May he rest in peace. Janet rang me on Friday to tell me. I didn't know he was ill, It was very kind of her, she said George would have wanted her to ring. I remember playing him in Dublin and I was up a rook for a knight and Tim Conlon came to the table and announced George, plechety one hour and seven minutes Michael Meaney seven Minutes. George said "I told you about that clock but you don't listen, it's like feeding sugar to a horse playing you." I think I have learned my lesson.


Mike Meaney.



A very sad loss to the Association. I played several exciting games against George in B.C.A. events, with honours being approximately even. It says much for his courage and love of chess that he attended the AGM despite his illness.


Richard Murphy


It's another sad day. Yet again one of the B.C.A.'s most prolific OTB players has passed away.


I will remember George Plechaty as someone who loved chess. He thoroughly enjoyed the struggle, relished the plotting of tiny details, and ceaselessly strived to improve his game. His understanding of chess far exceeded his own playing standard, and he was able to raise his game after taking early retirement from Barclays Bank. George was thrilled to win the training tournaments at Teignmouth in 2003 and Windermere in 2004, and at the recent AGM tournament was delighted not only to be able to compete in the top section but also to draw with John Gallagher, graded thirty or so points above him.


George would never have considered himself as a strong player, but he was a very active one until his recent illness curtailed his appearances. George regularly played in the London League and congresses, as well as Spectrum-organized events all around the country. In particular, he loved going to the week-long Paignton event at the beginning of September. Whilst I was playing in my B.C.A. challenge George was frequently together with Geoff Patching at events where I was also playing - Paignton, Weymouth, Torbay, Spectrum Dudley - and he was always asking after my progressive totals and encouraging me.


Until recently George was the only VH player to have played in the 4NCL for a team other than the B.C.A. when he turned out for local club Basildon one weekend.


I had the pleasure of dining with George every evening at Derby during the recent AGM tournament. He recalled how much he loved walking along the Promenade at Paignton with his guide-dog Keaton. Indeed both he and his wife Janet enjoyed their holidays there so much that they very strongly considered moving to Paignton after George's retirement. It would have been fascinating to see this London 'rogue' as he once described himself in the role of a seaside retiree but sadly it wasn't to be.


One of the late Steve Boniface's favorite anecdotes was about George. The point of the anecdote was that he couldn't recall the name of this particular VH player, but he could remember the guide-dog's name - Keaton! George was very amused when I told him. Indeed George had a typically wry Cockney sense of humour to go with a wonderfully cheeky grin, even though he would admit to a 'short fuse' as well. Recently George and Janet were featured in the newspapers in Basildon after they complained about the poor treatment of VH shoppers at a local supermarket. George was robust and determined with his complaint and eventually won an apology from the supermarket after several weeks of wrangling.


In spite of his illness George faced up to things very bravely, and he was planning to go to as many chess events as he could while he had the time. He admitted to me at Derby that the doctors said he had anything between three weeks to two years life expectancy. Sadly George didn't even get that, but he would be happy knowing that his last event was a B.C.A. one.


Tyson Mordue

Bristol 14/04/2008.



The A.G.M. was the last time I met and played a very interesting game with George.


George was over the moon with the draw game to follow. He said he was not well when we met and said how good Grace was (my guide-dog). He was looking forward to playing as much chess as possible and I will always remember him as a very good member of the B.C.A. so sad he could not take the advantage of our A.G.M. decision to subsidized the Steve East-wick-field tournament.


Well hear is our last game


B.C.A. A.G.M. March 2008


round 2


Gallagher - Plechaty.


1 d4 d5

2 nf3 nf6

3 c4 c6

4 e3 bg4

5 nc3 e6

6 h3 bxf3

7 qxf3 dxc4

8 bxc4 nd5

9 00 nd7

10 bd2 b5

11 bb3 ndb6

12 rad1 a5

13 a3 b4

14 axb4 bxb4

15 ne4 bxd2

16 rxd2 a4

17 ba2 qc7

18 rc1 nb4

19 bb1 nb6d5

20 nc5 a3

21 bxa3 rxa3

22 nd3 nxd3

23 bxd3 ke7

24 be4 r8a8

25 bxd5 exd5

26 qxd5 cxd5

27 rxc7+ ke6

28 rdc2 ra1+

29 kh2 r8a6

30 g4 g6

31 rb2 h5

32 rb2b7 hxg4

33 hxg4 kf6

34 f4 1/2-1/2














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