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Roy's Reflections


I was looking through my Bristol chesstime editions and came across an interesting entry from Andrew Borkowski in the 1982 magazine concerning Max Poolake. Max was born in Estonia in 1914 and learned to play chess at an early age , he joined the army during the 2nd world war and eventually finished up in Hannover in a displaced camp . Later Max settled in England (after marrying Daphne an ex captain of the Nailsea Team) playing chess in London then Gloucester chess club and after that Lysaghts, Hanham, Clifton and finally it seems Nailsea chess club.

Max had played top class chess being the West of England champion and playing top board for the Bristol & Clifton club , Max died on Oct 2nd 1987 one of his games played in 1963 he played as white against R Martin .

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Finally I guess we are all proud of one particular game and mine is against Jim Will, graded 161, on 3rd December 1987.

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