Australian chess will be remembering Andrew Saint and Hannibal Swartz this week. Andrew gave a lot to Australian chess, South Australian Chess and The Melbourne Chess Club in particular, his service and his nature will not be easily forgotten by anyone who knew him. He remains a strong influence and though he is no longer with us so many people carry him close to their heart- he made the world a better place.
I will remember his kindness, his humility, his openness and his non-judgmental way. You can watch a video of Andrew playing blitz at the MCC early last year here:
You can also read the memorial page on our website about Andrew and Hannibal here: http://www.melbournechessclub.org/members/memorial
We will also be remembering Hannibal Swartz (Nghia Nguyen) this week. Those wanting to contact Hannibal's family can send me an email at email@example.com and I will pass on contact details.
The MCC will be running The Andrew Saint & Hannibal Swartz memorial again this December and we hope to see many of you attend.
I am pleased to report that others close to the events of last April are recovering well. James Morris has begun work on his university degree, Anthony Hain has completed training as a fitness coach and continues his work with Chess-Kids, and Dimitri Partsi is working on several creative projects which you can ask him about next time you see him. Alex Saint continues to be an example to those who know him, his positivity in the face of adversity is an example to everyone.