Marcus was a long standing and core member of the Warboys Chess Club where he had been a member since his teen age years. In recent years he also represented Ely Chess club. In that time he must have played hundreds of games for club and county and was well known in the chess world throughout the East of England. He loved the game of chess, was always willing to turn out and play and won the seasons Grand Prix trophy on more than one occasion. Marcus brought his individual style and sense of humour to the club and will be sorely missed not just for his ability at the board but also as one of the characters of the game. Warboys Chess club will miss their first team board 1 as a player, but also as a team captain, club secretary and organiser.
As well as his contributions at club level Marcus also took on roles at a wider level for chess in Cambridgeshire and East Anglia. He was Vice Chairman of the East Anglian Chess Union, Secretary of the Cambridgeshire Chess Association and the Cambridgeshire representative to the English Chess Federation.
Warboys Chess Club
Marcus was the Vice Chairman of the EACU for many years as he held that position under John Shaw. He was responsible for running the EACU Grand Prix from its introduction and was instrumental in its success. Despite his illness he was dealing with emails on this only a couple of weeks ago.
He was an effective ECF delegate for Cambridgeshire. I have attended several Council meetings where Marcus was also in attendance. He was good at questioning on the major issues. I travelled with him on a few occasions and with his wife and two sons briefly. Both sons are very young and much too young to lose a father.
I am a similar age to Marcus and can remember playing chess with him 32 years ago at Warboys chess Club. The late Jack Taylor used to take us to the EACU meetings as Hunts and Peterborough Reps. Marcus also gave us lifts to ECF meetings.
He was Team Captain of Hunts and Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, Team Captain for Warboys Chess Club and he was Cambridgeshire Secretary.
Peterborough Chess Club
A great friend of chess and always a pleasure to play. We had many games over the years and it is sad to think this will not happen again. A real character who was always enthusiastic in his support of chess and the Association.
New England Chess Club
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