Phil Wallace / David Lewis sadly report that Chris Orchard passed away in November. Some of you may remember him as being one of the strongest players in the local area in the 1970s and 1980s playing for (Parkstone) Knights. Until recently he has been attending the Wimborne Chess Club friendly casual sessions where he was famous (infamous?) for his store of jokes and had a new one for each of these sessions. David Lewis continued to play and lose to Chris when Chris moved to a care home in Wimborne in 2016.
The funeral will be family only with a memorial service sometime later at Wimborne Minster.