Geoff Gammon learned the moves of the pieces from the inside of the lid of the box Father Christmas brought him in back in 1956. No one at home could play so he use to take his board and set to school and sometimes get a game by stopping off at a friend’s house on the way home. He played for Speedwell U13s in the Bristol & District Junior League in the early 60s and at Downend Chess Club in the mid 60s.


In the early to mid 70s Geoff played for several other Bristol clubs and also served as Match Secretary and later Secretary for the Bristol & District Junior League.


A change of job meant that evening chess was not possible but for the first half of the 80s Geoff ran an after school club at a local junior school, raising money for equipment by playing sponsored simultaneous matches and coaching a handful of players to represent Avon and Gloucester to play for the West of England.


Other commitments took Geoff away from chess again but the ‘bug’ bit once more during the Kasparov – Short world title match and Geoff rejoined Downend in 1993 as a team captain and latterly Tournament Organiser as well.


Geoff passed the ECF Arbiter’s Exam earlier this year and will be assisting with the arbiting at the London Chess Classic side events.