Robert Combe: The Forgotten British Champion

Before today I’d never heard the fascinating story of Robert Combe. He only learned the game when he was 15, never played very much, suffered from poor health and became a distinguished lawyer. But he won the 1946 British Championship ahead of a host of excellent players.

Here’s his win against Hugh Alexander from the first round:


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: