This sad news has just reached Suffolk… Many players will remember with fondness Adrian Thorpe, formerly of the Bury & West Suffolk Chess Club. He died suddenly at his home in Herefordshire, back in April. Along with Roy Adams and Gordon Chapman, Adrian was a mainstay of that club. Now, all three have passed away. Adrian moved from his Suffolk home at Preston St Mary, about ten years ago. The photo above was taken when he attended Gordon Chapman’s funeral in January 2011.
Adrian’s ‘magnum opus’ was his ‘History of the Bury & West Suffolk Chess Club’, which he published in a lavish red imitation leather cover, in 1997. Copies of the book, which reflected on the 130 year history of the club, are still available at £7.50 (half-price).