Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Craig Van Tilbury

FM Craig Van Tilbury , Olympiad representative for both the British and US Virgin Islands passed away last week. As well as being a chessplayer he was also a musician, playing guitar in a number of bands. He played in 10 Olympiads, representing the British and US Virgin Islands in 5 each. He played on board 1 in each of them, winning the gold medal for best score in 1984.
Our paths would often cross during the tournament, as PNG and US Virgin Islands would either be paired together or located at adjacent boards. I often saw him analysing with team mate Bill Hook, both dressed in their Hawaiian Shirts, no matter what the temperature was.
Australian chess fans would most likely remember Van Tilbury as the player who defeated Darryl Johansen in the first round of the 2002 Olympiad. A broader description of Van Tilbury's life and career is here.

Van Tilbury,Craig (2283) - Johansen,Darryl Keith (2512) [A54]
Olympiad Bled SLO (1), 26.10.2002

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 e4 5.Ng5 Bf5 6.g4 Bg6 7.Bg2 Nxg4 8.Ngxe4 f5 9.Ng5 c6 10.Bf4 Qd7 11.d5 c5 12.Nb5 Na6 13.Qa4 Ne5 14.Bxe5 dxe5 15.Nf3 e4 (D)
16.Ne5 Qe7 17.Nd4+ Kd8 18.Ndc6+ bxc6 19.Nxc6+ Kc7 20.Nxe7 Bxe7 21.Qc6+ Kb8 22.Qxa6 Be8 23.d6 Bd8 24.a4 Rf8 25.d7 Bxd7 26.0-0-0 Rf6 27.Qxf6 Bxf6 28.Rxd7 1-0

1 comment:

Paul said...

May he rest in peace !