Sunday, 30 November 2008

Bob Wade (1921-2008)

The sad news came through yesterday that NZ/English IM Bob Wade passed away at the age of 87 years of age. Bob was a 3 time NZ Champion and a twice British Champion. He represented England at 6 Olympiads and New Zealand once (in 1970). He was famous as an editor and author, and the creation of a special book of Boris Spassky's games for Bobby Fischer's 1972 World Championship challenge is part of chess folklore.
He was an active player throughout his career and returned to New Zealand to take part in the 2006 Queenstown Open. He drew with GM Murray Chandler and finished the event on 6/10.
A fuller summary of his life and career can be found at this Chessbase report.

Early on in his career Bob visited Australia to take part in the 1945 Australian Championship
Here is a victory over Frank Crowl, an Australian chess great of the 1930's, 40's and 50's.

Wade,R - Crowl,F [B09]
AUS ch Sydney (11.1), 14.09.1945

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Nfd7 7.0-0 c5 8.d5 b6 9.Bc4 Ba6 10.Bxa6 Nxa6 11.Qe2 Nc7 12.Bd2 e5 13.f5 a6 14.g4 gxf5 15.gxf5 f6 16.Nh4 Rf7 17.Kh1 Qe8 18.Rg1 Re7 19.Rg3 Nf8 20.Rag1 Ra7 21.Nd1 Qb5 22.c4 Qd7 23.Bh6 Ne8 24.Nf2 Rf7 25.Bc1 Qd8 26.Qh5 Rfb7 27.Ng4 Re7 (D)
28.Nh6+ Kh8 29.Ng6+ Nxg6 30.Nf7+ Rxf7 31.fxg6 Kg8 32.Qxh7+ Kf8 33.gxf7 Rxf7 34.Rxg7 Nxg7 35.Rxg7 Rxg7 36.Bh6 1-0

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