Richard Haddrell RIP

Richard Haddrell, a long serving member of the KJCA committee and a dedicated ambassador of chess in Kent and across the country, sadly passed away on 30 September 2016.  

Richard was actively involved with chess over many years at club (Tunbridge Wells), county (Kent), junior (KJCA), southern chess union (SCCU) and national levels.  He was also involved with the English Chess Federations (ECF) and held important roles such as national grading administrator, controller of the national schools’ championship and as a member of the governance committee.  He received the ECF President’s award for Services to Chess in 1994: his appointment as an Honorary Life Vice President was on the agenda for the forthcoming AGM.

Richard was a keen chess player and dedicated his life to chess both in Kent and nationally. His early support in setting up junior chess in Kent and organising tournaments led to what is now the KJCA.  Richard was a very kind hearted and funny man, he will be missed by everyone who got to know his through KJCA and other local chess clubs.  We are all thankful for all his work and support. 

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and those who knew him well.

Richard’s funeral will be held at Tunbridge Wells crematorium in the afternoon of Thursday 3rd November, followed by a wake at the Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells.