Paul Byway VC 51
In passing, it means - and here I would like to remember Steve Boniface, whose passing was noted in the last issue. He was 54 and the west country's best-known chess organiser - eventually being awarded the title of International Arbiter. To me he was at first only a name appearing in VC playing postal progressive chess, but later I saw him often at the Four Nations Chess League where he officiated. Earnest and hardworking - but always cheerful and ready for a friendly word or two. I tried to entice him into playing again, but he had too many commitments. I last saw him at this year's British Championships on the Isle of Man; my car broke down on the morning of prize-giving and I missed it. I eventually arrived when all was over and found him in the controllers' room - busy and cheerful as the event was being wound up. He handed over the prize money, chaffering me all the while. A short while after, I was at the Royal Beacon Seniors Congress in Exmouth - he had devised the formula for this in 2000 - and his name was on everybody's lips. It's very sad that he should have died so young. He won our first Progressive Chess tournament in 2002. Here is a game from that event.
Progressive Chess Tournament 2002.
There are also more appreciations in VC51
There have been many other tributes to Steve Boniface on the web. A few known to us at the
time of writing are: