Neil Dainty first took up chess at primary school in the fifties, becoming a reasonable player at the age of eleven. Unfortunately his new secondary school did not play chess: something which is still bugging him fifty years later.

 

He played for clubs in Waterloo, Bristol and Bishop’s Stortford in his twenties but changes in jobs meant that these were only for short periods.

 

Finally, at the age of 57, his life-long love of the game was rekindled when his wife decided to join a flower club! Within two days Neil had joined Marple Chess Club (in Cheshire) and has hardly missed a club night since.

 

His suppressed chess career has encouraged him to pass on his enthusiasm by tutoring with CSC in the Manchester area.