BCN remembers CGM Keith Richardson
Keith Bevan Richardson was born on Monday, February 2nd 1942. On this day : The LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans and US auto factories switch from commercial to war production.
Keith was born in Nottingham, England and his father Arthur was 30 and his mother Hilda May (née) Nicholls was 25. He married Sandra Sowter on the 11th of September 1971 in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. They had two children, Neil and ?. They lived at 19, The Ridings in Camberley, Surrey. Keith became ill in the 1990s with Parkinson’s disease and passed away on the 10th of May 2017. Keith was 75.
“English player. International Correspondence Chess Grandmaster (1975), bank manager. Around 1961 Richardson decided that over-the- board play, which had brought him some successes as a. junior, would interfere with his professional career and he took to postal chess instead. His best performance in this field was his sharing of third place with Zagorovsky after Estrin and Boey in the 7th World Correspondence Championship, 1968-71. ”
From Chessgames.com :
“Keith Bevan Richardson was born in Nottingham, England. Awarded the IMC title in 1968 and the GMC title in 1975, he finished 3rd= in the World Correspondence Championships of 1975 and 1984.”
Keith was a founding member of Camberley Chess Club and received the ECF President’s Award in 2015 for services to the BCF Permanent Invested Fund (PIF) together with Dr. Julian Farrand and Ray Edwards.
A one-day tournament in memory of Keith was started in 2017.
Here are his games from chessgames.com
Here is an excellent biography from the web site of the Hamilton Russell Cup
Here is an entry from the Belgian chess history web site
Keith was the Treasurer of the Friends of Chess during the period known the English Chess Explosion (late 1970s and 1980s).