David Smith was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1942. An England international at schoolboy and student levels, he gave up competitive chess for ten years to establish himself as a teacher in Sheffield and then in Ghana and Sierra Leone.
He has played an active role in Middlesbrough Chess Club and in Cleveland Chess Association affairs since the mid-1970s. David was joint winner, with Norman Stephenson, of the 2004 British Seniors Championship.
He retired from teaching in 2004 but was subsequently employed by Middlesbrough College when extra help was needed to run their Maths courses.
David runs a Jazz Appreciation group for Middlesbrough U3A and is a researcher and presenter for their History and Industrial History groups.