Astronomer remembered by Chess Congress

Sir Patrick Moore on Hastings Pier to celebrate Hastings International Chess Congress centenary in 1995.
Sir Patrick Moore on Hastings Pier to celebrate Hastings International Chess Congress centenary in 1995.
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A RENOWNED astronomer, broadcaster and TV presenter will not only be remembered fondly by stargazing enthusiasts.

Sir Patrick Moore who died last Sunday (December 9) aged 89, was also well known to the Hastings International Chess Congress.

He attended the annual chess tournament on several occasions, and would at this time of year receive the programme and an invitation to visit.

In recent years he would reply that he was not able to make the journey easily but would be keeping up to date with the games and news.

The reply would be typed on his manual typewriter with the odd letter missing.

Pam Thomas, PR officer for the Hastings International Chess Congress, said: “The most memorable visit was when Sir Patrick helped us celebrate the Congress Centenary in 1995 when he played against Russian grandmaster David Bronstein in a living chess game on Hastings Pier.

“On these occasions he was as enthusiastic about chess as he was about astronomy and when watching him playing the xylophone, it seems he played with equal enthusiasm.

“His interest in our event will be missed this year.”