Commonwealth Tournament 1951

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Richard James
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Re: Commonwealth Tournament 1951

Post by Richard James » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:15 pm


Sadly, David Youston passed away on 29 March 2008 - see obituary in CHESS September 2008.


David Berriman
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Re: Commonwealth Tournament 1951

Post by David Berriman » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:14 am

Grant Berriman is also no longer with us - for the record (and if anyone is interested)...

After returning to Australia from England he joined the Royal Australian Air Force (in 1954) and pursued a career that saw him reach the rank of Air Commodore. He retired in 1986 and died on 9 July 2004.

He maintained a life long interest in chess, and was never far from a chess board.

David Berriman
(Grant's son)

Leonard Barden
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Re: Commonwealth Tournament 1951

Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:57 pm

Greetings and good wishes to Grant's son.

As I recall him, Grant was a tall, pleasant, friendly and a touch shy young man who surprised the rest of the competitors by his strong performance against opponents who were all much more experienced. He was invited to the Commonwealth thournament because he was still in England after representing Australia at the inaugural world junior championship in Birmingham. Some Australian masters back home criticised his inclusion before the event, but he stilled the critics by a tough and resilient performance.

I often wondered what became of him so am delighted to hear that he had such a successful life.

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