Kevin Moore RIP

 Walsall Kipping Chess Club have announced that Kevin Moore who represented them from 1996 until 2023 has died at the age of 87. His funeral will held at Mercia Forest Crematorium, Broad Lane, Essington, Wolverhampton, WV11 2RJ. on Friday 8th March 24 at 12.00 hours (noon).

Kevin represented the county at Under 125 and Under 100.

Please see this tribute from his teammate Peter Nixon.

Kevin was a longstanding member of the club since 1996. He turned up regularly to play most Thursday nights to play league and social chess. In my opinion he was the most dependable player that a captain could have. He played in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley and the Cannock leagues during his time at the club and also played for Staffordshire in the national county competitions.

Outside of chess he was a keen swimmer, swimming regularly every week. But at the club he was known for being a keen angler.  It was his Angling that probably inspired his unique sartorial style, he would turn up in the winter months with a hooded fleece, scarf and waterproof jacket on. Nothing unusual in that, until you looked down below where he was barefoot in open toed sandals and sported shorts that would put most posties to shame.

He will be fondly remembered by me and everyone who knew him through chess.

It is believed that one of his club matches was published by Raymond Keene in a Times Column.