Gareth Williams RIP

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Mike Wiltshire
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Gareth Williams RIP

Post by Mike Wiltshire » Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:27 pm

I am sad to report the death of Gareth Williams on 25 January. Gareth was in his late 80s and had not played competitively for 40 years having previously been a member of a London League team, with a grade of circa 170.

He was a leading member of Chess Collectors International, author of "Chess Masterpieces" published in 2000, a regular contributor of historical articles for chess magazines and was the Exhibits Co-ordinator at the 1996 world championship match between Karpov and Kasparov.

Mike Alderson
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Re: Gareth Williams RIP

Post by Mike Alderson » Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:02 pm

Very sad. Wasn't he the owner of the only known complete surviving set of the Grand Cigar Divan chessmen - apart from the one displayed at Simpson's which has substitute rooks?

James Pratt
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Re: Gareth Williams RIP

Post by James Pratt » Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:28 pm

A generous man. We last spoke at Tate Britain some years ago. When I did BCM he rang me long distance and we had a quick chat. Kind chap. RIP.

David Sedgwick
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Re: Gareth Williams RIP

Post by David Sedgwick » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:42 am

Mike Wiltshire wrote:
Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:27 pm
[Gareth Williams] was the Exhibits Co-ordinator at the 1996 world championship match between Karpov and Kasparov.
1986, perhaps?

RIP Gareth

Mike Wiltshire
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Re: Gareth Williams RIP

Post by Mike Wiltshire » Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:53 am

Thanks David; yes 1986.

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