Alan Bright learnt chess as a seven year old with the help of Bott and Morrison's 'Chess for Children'.
He still recalls defending badly against his School teacher's 2.Qh5 (Q-R5, as it was known then) at age eight, but despite that, he rose to county level whilst at secondary school.
Alan has lived in East London since 1983; started coaching chess in schools in 2009; and has run chess programmes as part of the London Borough of Newham's summer school.
Alan spent 25 years working in the City in training, sales and corporate communications but now works as an administrator for St Helen's, Bishopsgate - a City church.
Alan has a wife and six children, against whom he has lost two games of chess - and rather more games of table tennis.
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