Originally posted by David Tebb
Yes, Tom the Tromp was definitely Tom Clarke. I knew him personally, having played him several times in OTB tournaments, such as the British Championships. Shortly after he joined the site we exchanged a few PMs and talked about our games. He mentioned a small weekend tournament in London that we played in about 20 years ago. I had a lucky win against him ...[text shortened]... y good player and a great bloke. The kind of person that is always a pleasure to play against.
Talking of weekend tournaments in London - here's another recent chess-related death:
Together with Tony Gaffney, George Goodwyn used to run countless weekend tournaments in the Islington area in the eighties / nineties. I even won a few of them!
I haven't heard of Tony Gaffney or Simon Brougham for over ten years. Any idea what happened to them and whether either are still involved with chess? Tony was a pretty strong player (about 180 on a good day).