After a recent burst of tournament activity it looks like I’m going to be back on the bench again, at least until my son gets used to long play tournaments and will be OK waiting around should he finish well before me. I haven’t retired and have no plans to ever do so, it’s just difficult to get to play.
This got me thinking about English GMs who have most definitely seem to have packed in playing; John Nunn, Michael Stean, Raymond Keene, Julian Hodgson, William Watson, James Howell and Darshan Kumaran. That’s quite a lot when you consider that there’s only 36 in total.
One of the first to leave was Michael Stean who quit chess at 29 years of age and went on to pursue a successful career in accountancy. Here’s his brilliant victory over Walter Browne that won the Turover prize for being the best game of the 1974 Olympiad: