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Neil Carr

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 8:45 am
by LawrenceCooper
Sad news: chess FM Neil Carr, from Writtle in Essex, has died aged only 47.

http://www.essexchess.org.uk/

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 1:45 pm
by stevencarr
That is very sad news.

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 5:09 pm
by Stewart Reuben
Neil won the first British U11 ahead of Nigel Short.
He still played board 1 or 2 for Essex. He was an FM and played in the 100th British Championship in 2013.
Ivor Smith has sent the following:
I am absolutely devstated, such sadness and a dreadful shock. Neil, so talented, helpful and considerate will be sorely missed by all who knew him and a loss like this at such a young age is so difficult to comprehend.

Neil ded in Jersey. He took the dog for a walk and died of a heart attack totally unexpectedly at 47.
Our condolences to his wife, chidren and family. We knew his mother father, brother and sister well in chess.

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 8:04 pm
by Michael Bennett
Very sad news.
Stewart Reuben wrote:Neil won the first British U11 ahead of Nigel Short.
I'm not sure this is correct. According to this page...
http://www.englishchess.org.uk/british- ... 4-present/
..Neil won the U11 in Ayr in 1978 (when Nigel Short was already participating in the British Championship itself), and the U16 in 1981.

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 8:18 pm
by David Grobler
Nigel Short was a few years older (and ahead ) of Neil . I can relate the occasion (and game ) of when they first met . Maybe thats a story for when the pain has passed .
Better to recall the fact that Neil represented his country in the Glorney Cup on board one (when Mickey Adams was board 2) .
He wasn't just a "talented youngster"......he was so much more.

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 11:54 pm
by Stewart Reuben
I think such corrections are just as valuable as new information.

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 10:02 am
by Simon Brown
It's so sad. I remember him and his delightful family from CentYMCA days. Dreadful news.

Stewart, it was Neale Walford who pipped Nigel at the U11.

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 6:25 pm
by Nick Thomas
I'm very sad to hear this. I knew him well in the early 80s when we were kids and he was a genuinely nice person, as was his entire family. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Sat May 30, 2015 11:37 pm
by Malcolm Clarke
During the four years I played at London Central YMCA Neil was the strongest junior player for most of the time, which was quite an achievement considering how strong the London Central YMCA junior section was at the time.

I also believe that Sue Carr was the 1st team London League captain in the season I joined in 1981/82, a role that was filled by Gary Stevens in 1982/83 and Daryl Taylor in 1983/84 and 1984/85. The Carr family I believe also ran the club snack bar in 1981/82 and for part of 1982/83.

Neil's parents, his brother Trevor, sister Sue, and Neil himself were all very pleasant people and I send my condolences to the members of Neil's family that he is leaving behind.

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Sun May 31, 2015 10:45 pm
by Kevin Thurlow
Terrible news.

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:39 am
by Andrew Martin
The BCM Game of the Month June 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acG1kWkIUOY

Neil Carr

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:54 pm
by David Grobler
Andrew Martin wrote:The BCM Game of the Month June 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acG1kWkIUOY

Neil Carr
Thank you Andrew . I was hoping you would post something .

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:25 pm
by Saul Richman
Sad to hear.

I got a hard fought draw with black against Neil in April 1980 at my first England U14 Squad session down in London.

I would write my moves down before playing them (now illegal of course) covering them, and he would tell me what I wrote! A chirpy cockney and a brilliant player.

Not all chess players are nice people.

We have to be ruthlessly selfish because the game is ruthlessly selfish. You can't blame the referee or a bad bounce. You only have yourself to blame if you lose.

But Neil was one of the nice guys and always had a word for me when we saw each other after that.
Chess came so naturally to him.

Re: Neil Carr

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:50 pm
by Christopher Kreuzer
Adding this link here to the ECF obituary:

http://www.englishchess.org.uk/rip-neil-carr/