RIP Colin Gilroy
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend and fellow chess player Colin Gilroy, who passed away in hospital last night having been taken ill at the Durham Congress.
Colin has been a stalwart of the Northumbria League for half a century, most recently with Gateshead Chess Club. He was an avid tournament player who in his prime competed with the county’s top players and scored a famous draw with Kasparov in a simultaneous display in Spain. He also remained, well into his ninth decade, a remarkably energetic and capable captain of Gateshead Knights – he certainly grasped the new eligibility rules as fast as anyone half his age! Indeed, I had a conversation with Colin only last week in which he volunteered to organise Gateshead’s summer knockout entry and had sounded in excellent health.
The thoughts of all of us in the Northumberland chess community are with Colin’s relatives.