Fascinated by his Dad's wooden Staunton set from an early age, John Hargreaves was taught chess by his brother-in-law to be and played regularly at school. In 1966, on the morning of the World Cup Final, John played in the final of the Times' National Schools Tournament as Manchester Grammar succumbed to Dulwich (who had Keene and Sugden on boards 1+2!). He lost.


John ran Chess clubs at schools in Eastbourne and Horsham and played in the Mid-Sussex League for Christ's Hospital and for Sussex 2. Kenworthy, Nicholson, Kwiatkowski all number him among their victims. In retirement, John has tutored privately, and taught chess in three Chester primary schools, from years 3 to 6.


He teaches chess at each of our Sefton schools alongside Bob Clark, and describes the CSC experience as “inspiring”.