|Bristol & District Chess League
05 September 2020
David Woodruff RIP
The above photo on the right shows David competing in a lower section of the British Chess Championships at Sheffield in 2011
Simply put David has been the slow-beating heart of KCC ever since I started playing in the area. He has been Treasurer, Secretary, President, A-team captain, B-team captain, Somerset Team Captain, Keyholder (whilst at the Fear), Club Representative on the Fear Institute Committee, and unofficial statistician and archives holder. He also controlled the Keynsham Quickplay on many occasions. Given that Keynsham also played in the Somerset League it is very likely that he represented the club in over 1,000 matches during his playing career. Some players don't even manage 1,000 games in their lives (Bobby Fischer for example!).
It's not well-known but David was also the question-setter for the (usually) Saturday night quiz at the BCF/ECF Championships. The late Richard Furness was the question-master with David at his side. David had a vast range of general knowledge.
This leads me on to
my anecdote. About 15 years ago
Duncan MacArthur telephoned me to say that KCC had been invited to take part
in a New Year Quiz Night at the Fear Insitute along with all the other
member groups. Teams of 4, Duncan, David and Lawrence Wilmshurst already
recruited. I said yes, knowing my knowledge of sport and pop music was handy
for any quiz team.
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