Mike Barooah has joined us and made a good start in team and individual competitions in addition to expanding his experience at the Atticus training sessions. He is a Post-grad student as is his friend Rob Owens whose studies unfortunately have interfered more with his chess playing.Mike Barrett is the new webmaster. He also continues to play an active part in the other aspects of club life, being second team, and Wirral League captain.
Peter Brocklebank is taking a rest from chess because of other commitments but may be back for 2011-12
James Clarke is now a regular member of the 1st team
Joe Dilworth has joined us from Skelmersdale and has made a big impact in his first season playing very successfully in several club teams.
André Eagle is probably one of the most active members. Besides his chess activities Andre practices yoga, cycles, learns european languages, wins prizes for his outstanding paintings and sings in the award winning choirs with Allan.
Phil Fisher is a keen walker and participant in regional chess congresses
Mike Fraser continues to play team chess but other activities curtail his visits to club nights
Kevin Gilligan was another new face in 2010-11 who has made an impact with his success for several teams and hiw willingness to take on captaincy duties for 2011-12.
Bob Greaves is a keen golfer, showed his prowess in the last golf competition, his one shot per hole handicap only narrowly prevented him from taking the title. Bob's standard of chess play is much higher than his grading.
Rob Haseman has stepped down as third team captain, but stays as captain of the Knotty Ash side. He has also been a winner of the Challengers tournament, and is the current Formby Chess Club Golf Champion.
Mike Haslinger does an excellent job in organising the club tournaments, and arranging for the internal games to be graded, as well as organising the prizes for the club tournaments. He has returned to playing a number of FIDE rated congresses with reasonable results, but as far as I am aware no prizes yet. Mike has been the catalyst in organising new boards and sets for the chess club from Chessmaze International.
Gareth Haslinger is a welcome re-introduction to the club. It is hoped that he will continue to play a strong part in the club’s future. Gareth is once more playing in Congresses winning a number of grading prizes.
Toby Haslinger has not managed to spare time in 2010-11 from his hectic job to play games for us.
Stewart Haslinger, International Grandmaster, has honoured Formby Chess Club by accepting the position of Honorary Vice-President. Thank you Stewart.
Stewart now has a separate page to keep in touch with his activities
Kevin Howard continues to be active at the club doing an excellent job as Press Secretary but with litle published success, and playing well in divisions 1 of the Merseyside and Wirral Leagues. Kevin also allegedly plays golf but was not brave enough to put this to the test against super all-rounder Rob Haseman the golf champion.
Paul Jordan continues to improve his playing standard . One of Paul’s best wins is in the Games section.
Patrick Kent is again playing an active part at the club.
Duncan McNab mentioned in the cycling section has rejoined as a member. He still clearly is a strong player who is very welcome back at the club . Duncan is a 4 star bridge master but also spends some Tuesday evenings doing Scottish Country Dancing.
Edward Patten has taken on the role of Treasurer and is one of the most active members. He was player of the Year for 2010-11
Bob Platt the Club Champion, continues as First team and John Ripley captain. Thanks for all your hard work Bob.
Andrew Smith was successful in completing his PhD and is now working for Corus in Redcar, and playing for Redcar in the Cleveland League .He returns to family in Formby but unfortunately for us only to go back to the north east
Paul Sutton has taken on the mantle of third team captain. This captaincy has led to this team running away with the league and winning promotion as champions in 2010-11. Paul has been very active in club activities, together with Eddie Patton and Bob Greaves improving the storage facilities at the Centre.
Dave Taylor is enjoying a reasonably good season.Dave Williams continues to play in both Merseyside and Wirral Leagues whilst actively supporting Liverpool FC . Fortunately for FCC the Reds are staying in the UK for the season but we do sometimes suffer from Sky's Scheduling
Pete Willoughby has settled down in Chesterfield and is playing chess there whilst holding a watching brief thankfully on the FCC website
Allan Worthington has stepped down as secretary, but remains a valued member of the second team. Allan (who complains that everybody spells his name wrong) is another of the singing brigade, having been a member of male voice choirs for a number of years, and I have heard a rumour that they have recorded their first CD.
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