While I was working every bit press original at the London Chess Classic inwards London, many thousands of miles away 1 of my oldest chess friends was doing his chip at the grass roots grade to popularise the game, too amongst considerable success.
David Stevenson too I learnt our chess together at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, dorsum inwards the 1960s too nosotros were both members of the Cambridge University Chess Club inwards the 1970s. We've stayed inwards touching for xl years too withal take in upwards whenever nosotros tin though David has long since settled inwards the USA.
A few months agone David made a bold career deed too decided to acquire a voluntary instructor inwards a developing country. If it had been a chess move, we'd get got to annotate it 'exclamation mark, inquiry mark' - "interesting"! Anyway, inwards a spirit of adventure, David took the plunge too instantly finds himself education maths inwards Georgetown, Republic of Guyana - for virtually no coin too inwards what virtually of us European softies would consider to hold upwards incredibly hard living conditions.
As good every bit teaching, David has taken the chance to get-go a chess guild at his school, St Stanislaus College inwards Georgetown. And inwards a affair of months he has coached them to winning the Republic of Guyana National School's Championship. David tin hold upwards seen inwards the inwards a higher house photo, flanked yesteryear his victorious team.
WorldTeam Blogspot (worth reading for David's description of some of the privations he has to pose upwards with)
The photograph inwards a higher house shows David asset the trophy, amongst the successful squad to a greater extent than or less him.
Whilst saluting David's achievement every bit coach, I promise he also gets the lead chances to present what he tin produce on a chessboard himself piece he's inwards Guyana. He has non played much contest chess for many years but, every bit a actor who used to order regularly inwards the 180s inwards the (then) BCF Grading List, my approximate is that David could hold upwards the best chessplayer currently domiciled inwards Guyana. Though it in 1 lawsuit used to post teams to the Olympiad, a abrupt downturn inwards the economic scheme affected chess inwards the dry reason too Republic of Guyana is (I think) no longer a fellow member of FIDE.
We've only had a fantastic twosome of weeks of big-time chess inwards London but, at this fourth dimension of year, nosotros should also halt to intend of all those volunteers similar David, all over the world, who give their fourth dimension to organise too popularise our game. They are the lifeblood of chess.
Dave, if you lot acquire to read this: good done, get got a nifty Christmas too a happy novel year. Sumber http://johnchess.blogspot.com/