Born in London, Winston Williams moved with his family to Singapore, where he learnt the game and joined his primary school chess club. The epic Fischer-Spassky match added fuel to the fiery enthusiasm of Winston and his secondary school chess team mates, who became national champions and were rewarded with a match tour of Australia.


Winston has been a three-time finalist in the Singapore National Championship and played for Singapore in the 1987 Asian Team Championship. His performance resulted in a FIDE Elo rating of 2220 which earned him the title of Candidate Master.


After teaching English in West Africa from 1997 to 2000 and in East Asia from 2001 to 2004, Winston moved his family back to the UK to live near his mother and sister in Haworth. He has been active in playing for his club Bingley in the Bradford League, Bradford in the Yorkshire League as well as Pudsey in the Leeds League.


He is Bingley Chess Club Secretary and Bradford and District Chess Association (BDCA) Competition Controller. Besides being club coach, Winston has taught the game in Bradford and Leeds primary schools and is senior coach at Bradford Knights Chess Academy for juniors.