Jerzy Dybowski was born in 1959 in Lublin, Poland (the same city where chess legend Hermann Zukertort was born). He learnt to play chess at the age of 13, after the Spassky vs. Fischer match in Reykjavik in 1972. The next inspiration for him was Mikhail Tal visiting Lublin in 1974 and winning an international tournament there.

 

At the age of 17 Jerzy came 2nd in the Polish Juniors Championship of 1976. From 1974 to 1992 he played for “Start Lublin” in the Polish 1st League and at the same time coached juniors in the club. They won the league in 1982 and 1987. In 1991 Jerzy became a FIDE Master.

 

In the eighties he played in many international tournaments in Eastern Europe (Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia etc) and in Holland, France and Mongolia. Jerzy's frequent travels allowed him to not only play many interesting chess games but also to meet fascinating people and see amazing places.

 

During his chess career Jerzy has played in the Polish and Czech 1st leagues and in the London League for Barbican Chess Club and Ilford, his current club.

 

As a coach Jerzy assists the Essex Junior team, which his sons play for. In October 2012 he joined the CSC project and currently teaches in six primary schools in Newham.

 

The game of chess has always been Jerzy’s passion and passing his knowledge onto children gives him a lot of satisfaction.