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  1. 05 Apr '07 00:32
    It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the death of RHP player, Tom Clarke, aka Tom the Tromp.
    Tom played for Ireland in 2 Chess Olympiads, 1988 and 1992 and also in the 1989 European Team championships. He was Ulster Champion in 1982, 2003 and 2005, and was in a 3 way tie for the Irish Championship in 1996. He had a victory against Gm Istvan Csom in 1994.
    Tom took to playing on RHP in the latter stages of his illness and told me he thoroughly enjoyed his time playing here.
    I am sure I can speak for you all in wishing his family our deepest sympathy.



    Clarke,Thomas - Csom,Istvan [B28]
    Thessaloniki, 1994


    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.Qb3 b6 6.Nd5 Nd7 7.Be2 e6 8.Ne3 Bh5 9.d3 Ne7 10.g4 Bg6 11.Bd2 Nc6 12.Bc3 Rb8 13.a4 Nde5 14.h4 h5 15.g5 Be7 16.Nd2 Nd4 17.Qd1 Nec6 18.f4 Qd7 19.0-0 f5 20.exf5 Bxf5 21.Ne4 d5 22.cxd5 exd5 23.Ng3 Bh3 24.Bxh5+ Kd8 25.Ng2 Kc7 26.a5 b5 27.Kh2 g6 28.Bxg6 Bxg2 29.Kxg2 Rxh4 30.f5 Rbh8 31.Rh1 Bxg5 32.Rxh4 Rxh4 33.Rc1 Bxc1 34.Qxc1 Rg4 35.Bxd4 Rxd4 36.Qxc5 Qe7 37.Qb6+ Kd6 38.f6 Qxf6 39.Nf5+ Ke5 40.Qc7+ 1-0
  2. 05 Apr '07 01:22
    I didnt know him but I'm sure he will me missed by family, friends, and fellow chess players alike.
  3. Standard member Mctayto
    Highlander
    18 Apr '07 20:47
    I played many online games against him and enjoyed every game despite him running rings around me in every game
    He will be sadly missed
  4. 18 Apr '07 22:43
    It's very sad that he died so young. Here is a game of his where he defeats a Grandmaster, not something many of us here can boast of!
    http://www.icu.ie/games/display.php?id=19995&align=left
  5. 19 Apr '07 00:49
    Never a good thing when a fellow chess player meets his end.
  6. Standard member patauro
    Patricia
    19 Apr '07 00:50
    Baraka Bashad
  7. 20 Apr '07 02:39
    The last time I heard something like this in the forums it was a hoax...
  8. 20 Apr '07 03:08
    That comment is uncalled for, you need to grow up!

    Learux
  9. 20 Apr '07 07:34
    Originally posted by YUG0slav
    The last time I heard something like this in the forums it was a hoax...
    It seems clear from his profile that "Tom the Tromp" was Tom Clarke, and there's no doubt whatsoever that Tom Clarke died recently. There's no hoax here.
  10. 20 Apr '07 12:09
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    It seems clear from his profile that "Tom the Tromp" was Tom Clarke, and there's no doubt whatsoever that Tom Clarke died recently. There's no hoax here.
    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 in the last round and won a nice prize. I doubt that was reported anywhere and the games weren't put onto any databases. So I'm 100% sure that he was genuine.

    Tom was a very good player and a great bloke. The kind of person that is always a pleasure to play against.
  11. 20 Apr '07 12:25
    Condolences to his family and friends.
  12. 20 Apr '07 13:04
    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:
    http://www.bcf.org.uk/national/2007/obit-goodwin_mar07.htm

    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).
  13. Standard member mipmcpt
    manchester clan
    21 Apr '07 23:32
    RIP
  14. 22 Apr '07 03:04
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    It seems clear from his profile that "Tom the Tromp" was Tom Clarke, and there's no doubt whatsoever that Tom Clarke died recently. There's no hoax here.
    very well then
  15. 22 Apr '07 03:07
    Originally posted by Learux
    That comment is uncalled for, you need to grow up!

    Learux
    Excuse me? Listen, the last time I saw a thread like this, the guy who supposedly died started posting again a couple months later. Pull out that stick up your ass and shut up about crap that doesn't even concern you.