Martin Simons – now step up the player, who was a club champion at 17
Quite rightly, much has been written about Martin’s considerable organisational skills for Dorset Chess. For example, he has created, and then run, many competitions, not least the Rapidplay. And of course, a highlight was, with Ian Clark and support from the clubs, bringing the British Chess Championships to Dorset in 2016.
But also important to mention he has been one of Dorset’s strongest every players, in any generation. At this moment he has clocked up some 40 playing years and still going strong. Martin first played at Southbourne in 1979, became a member in 1980 and won their Club Championship in season 1980/81, when only 17. A considerable achievement. Pictured is Martin 30 years later, in 2015, having become Dorset County Champion again for what we believe was the 8th time. But embarrassingly, we are not sure! All will be revealed when the trophies are gathered in after lockdown.
Martin has been an exceptionally strong player in Dorset and, 40 years on, he remains a formidable opponent. We congratulate him.