Tuesday 13 August 2013

Peter Parr (1946-2013)

Peter Parr, former editor of Chess in Australia, and proprietor of Chess Discount Sales, has passed away. He was born into a chess family, the son of Frank Parr and brother of David (both deceased), and spent his early years in England. He moved to Australia in 1968 and worked for a while with P&O Cruises, before setting up Chess Discount Sales. Although he was a reasonably strong player (having played in the Australian Championship a number of times), it was as an arbiter that he was probably best known. He was Chief Arbiter at the Doeberl Cup 21 times, and directed a number of other important events.
He was the editor and publisher of Chess in Australia from 1983 until 1998, and wrote a weekly chess column for the Sydney Morning Herald. He won the Purdy Medal for chess journalism in 1987 and was awarded to Order of Australia Medal for services to chess in 1997. He also served on a number of FIDE Committees, including those dealing with computer chess, and chess rules.

Parr,Peter (2075) - Laird,Craig (2105) [D94]
AUS-ch Adelaide (7.8), 03.01.1980

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