Saturday 4 July 2020

Obituary Brian Birchall

It is understood that Brian has passed away; a victim of Covoid-19. Brian played for Alsager until about 2016 when he retired from competitive chess. He was a stalwart for Staffordshire teams in the County Championships, and a keen supporter of and participator in any local congress.
This memory of Brian has been supplied by Les Hall.

When I started playing, he used to pick me up as he lived near me. We played league and cup matches in the North Staffs League and he also took me to my 1st Congress at Manchester. Over the last few years I have helped him, as his deputy, run a U3A chess group in Crewe on a Thursday afternoon. We played every Wednesday morning, along with about half a dozen others,in Alsager Library.

Brian was a true gent and would do anything for you if you asked, I for one, along with many others will miss him a great deal.