"A brief history of the story so far;
I am 48 and a printer by profession I was taught the basics of the game
by my friend Billy Irvine at the age of 14. After moving school I was
fortunate to encounter a very good teacher Edward Crilly who enstilled
in me a love for the game I quickly made the 1st team at school and
further honed my skills at the old CIYMS club 3 nights a week!.
After 2 years I was prompted to enter the Irish
School Boys tournament in Dublin and I finished =2nd behind David Wilson
and = with Bernard Kiernan and Willie Collins. That summer I represented
Ireland in the Glorney Cup losing to England and drawing with Wales.
I played in Irish Championships through the 70's
my best finish being in Dublin where I got 5pts. I was placed once in
a class section in the British Championships winning the princely sum
of £30. I finished equal 2nd to Philip Short in a big tournament in
the Europa Hotel where there was a strong entry attracted by a prize
fund of £2200.
I helped to organise and run the Irish Championships
in Coleraine and then dropped out of chess for about 8 years before
returning to play in and help to organise the Northern Ireland Postal
Chess Association I was one of the movers in bringing about the integrated
organisation we now call ICCA."