Education: Bishop Perrin Primary School
(then called Bishop Perrin Memorial School) 1955-1961
Latymer Upper School
City of Leicester Polytechnic
(now De Montfort University) studying Computer Science 1968-1972 and achieving a BSc degree
I worked as a computer programmer in the Market Research Industry 1972-1986, writing programs to analyse market research data.
Between 1986 and 1997 I continued computer programming work on a freelance basis while working on chess projects.
I was working for the Richmond Chess Initiative from its foundation in 1993 until its closure in 2005,
and at some point in the mid 1990s I started being paid for running
Richmond Junior Chess Club
. I have been involved in running school chess clubs since 1993, and,
because of my dissatisfaction with the traditional lunchtime or after-school chess club,
I am always interested in hearing from schools who want to try a different approach and are prepared to listen to my views.
I was working at Hampton Court House
from 2002 to 2013,
providing one-to-one chess tuition, teaching reasoning and logic
to Y4 and Y5 and preparing children for 11+ Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests.
I left Hampton Court House in Summer 2013, due to declining interest in chess at the school, and, more generally in the Richmond area.
I'm now branching out into schools in the Hounslow area, where children currently have fewer opportunities
for extra-curricular activities, and where there is, by and large, less academic pressure.
I'm also the curriculum consultant
for Chess in Schools and Communities
, a charity putting chess on the curriculum in
state primary schools, and am hoping to be able to help some schools in the Borough of Hounslow in this respect in future.
Member of Richmond & Twickenham Chess Club
Active tournament and occasional county player 1966-1977.
I started teaching chess informally in 1973 and in 1975, together with Mike Fox, founded Richmond Junior Chess Club
. When Mike moved to Birmingham
in 1979 I took sole charge of the Club - where I remained until July 2006.
In September 2006 Peter Sowray took over the top section of the Club while I continued to run the lower group
until July 2007. I returned to Richmond Junior Club in April 2012 and am currently teaching there along with Marie Gallagher and Mark Josse.
Author of chess books
(on chess for children and chess trivia) and magazine columns.
Recipient of the British (now English) Chess Federation President's Award in 1996.
I have also worked on various chess editing projects, and am now writing for Right Way Books. My book Chess for Kids
is a best seller on Amazon, receiving very positive reviews,
and the companion volume for parents and teachers,
The Right Way to Teach Chess to Kids
was published in June 2013.
Chess (obviously!), Contract Bridge, Cryptic Crosswords, SuDoku, Education and Childhood Studies, Neurodiversity (especially Autism/Asperger Syndrome), Classical and Folk Music, Contemporary Fiction, Local and Family History ... and much else.