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10/01/2021 (updated 14/01/2021)

Malcolm Redfern Peart

1932 – 2021

 

 

News has been received of the death of Malcolm R Peart of Scarborough, peacefully at home, on 08/01/2021, at the age of 88.  Besides the more-formal biographical piece what follows immediately, Scarborough Chess Club Secretary, Neil Pennock adds detail on Malcolm’s contribution to Scarborough Chess Club, and Peter Cloudsdale gives his personal memories lower down.

 

Malcolm had long been associated with Scarborough Chess Club, but was not a native of Scarborough.  He was born on 25/09/1932, in the immediate rural environs of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.  This was almost certainly in the village of Messingham, a mile or so due south of the southern edge of the built-up area of Scunthorpe, as Messingham is where he lived with his parents and older brother in 1939.  His middle name was his mother’s maiden name, Redfern.

 

He was educated at Scunthorpe Grammar School, which he left in 1950.  His father had been a “blue collar” worker in a Scunthorpe steelworks, but Malcolm aimed for a “white collar” career, and got into banking.  He seems to have taken up chess shortly after leaving school, or possibly in his final year(s) at school.  He also received training as a singer not long after leaving school.

 

He married in 1958 and went on soon to have a daughter and then a son, at which time he lived in Louth, Lincolnshire.  He evidently also had a second daughter.

 

In 1980, he became the branch manager of the TSB bank in Scarborough.  Whether this was the point at which he moved to Scarborough, or whether he was already in Scarborough is unclear, but it was soon after this that Malcolm became visible in Yorkshire chess, as a Scarborough player.

 

The A G Sunderland Cup (division 4 of the Yorkshire league) was first contested in the season 1978-79, and Scarborough first entered in 1980-81, winning at the first attempt.  Malcolm was not in that winning team (though a certain “P. Cloudsdale” played in a couple of the matches in the latter part of the season).  The following season, 1981-82, Scarborough won the Silver Rook (division 3), though, again, Malcolm was not a team member.  Then, in 1982-83, Scarborough won the I. M. Brown Shield (division 2), with “M R Peart” as a regular member.  In 1983-84 Scarborough played for the first time in the Woodhouse Cup (Yorkshire league division 1), though they struggled at this level and dropped back into the I. M. Brown, where they spent a number of seasons, only occasionally managing to get back for a season into the Woodhouse Cup.  Malcolm represented Scarborough in these matches from 1982-83 through to 1988-89, and served as a club official of one sort or another, at some time or another.

 

Malcolm did of course get the opportunity to play in the Scarborough Congress, and was 1st-3rd equal in Major section in 2001.

 

He represented Scarborough in the York league in 2006-07, 2007-08.

 

He won the Scarborough Chess Club Championship in 2009 (aged 76), and possibly in other years.

 

He continued playing in internal club tournaments through to 2014.

 

His chess grade in earlier years was in the 140s, but in later years was typically in the 150s or 160s.

 

Away from the bank and the chessboard, Malcolm was a Methodist lay preacher on the North Yorkshire Coast Methodist Circuit, and had had some level of activity as a Methodist preacher for most of his adult life.  He was reported in the local press as preaching at Seamer Methodist Church as recently as 2015, and may have well been serving as a circuit preacher right up to his death.  His local church was South Cliff Methodist Church on Filey Road, near his home in Weaponness Valley Road, Scarborough.

 

Steve Mann, 10/01/2021

 

 

Neil Pennock, Scarborough Chess Club Secretary, adds a more-informed summary of Malcolm’s contribution to Scarborough chess as follows.

 

Having known Malcolm since he joined Scarborough Chess Club, I believe in 1982, I can add some further information and clarification.

 

He won the Scarborough Chess Championship a total of thirteen times.  The first in 1991 and the last in 2011.  He was Team Captain for Scarborough for a number of years whilst the club played in the Yorkshire League and went on to be Club President for many years.  Although the club never had an official role of publicity or training officer, these roles were willing undertaken by Malcolm.

 

He encouraged the Club to enter the National Club Championship, then called the Peterborough Software British Club Championship, which brought some significant success to the Club.  In 1987 the Club won the Intermediate Plate and Malcolm won the best game prize in the major section.  The game was subsequently published in the British Chess Magazine (No. 9 Vol. 109, September 1987).

 

M R Peart – E Ligema [Opening C00]

Best Game prize, National Club Championship, Intermediate, 1987

(Click here to play through game on screen.  Use browser “back” to return.)

1.e4.e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 b6 7.exd5 exd5 8.0–0 Be7 9.c4 0–0 10.Re1 Bb7 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Nc4 Bf6 13.a3 Qd7 14.Bg5 Bxg5 15.Nxg5 b5 16.Ne3 Nd4 17.Ng4 h6 18.Ne4 Rac8 19.b4 cxb4 20.axb4 Ba8 21.Nc5 Qc7 22.Nxh6+ Kh7 23.Ng4 Nxb4 24.Ne4 Bxe4 25.Rxe4 Qb6 26.Ne5 Rcd8 27.Rh4+ Kg8 28.Qh5 Qh6 29.Qg4 Qd6 30.Qh3 g6 31.Rh8+ Kg7 32.Qh6+ Kf6 33.Ng4+ Ke7 34.Qe3+ Kd7 35.Rxa7+ Kc8 36.Rxf8 Rxf8 37.Ra8+ Kc7 38.Rxf8 Nbc2 39.Rxf7+ Kb6 40.Rb7+ Ka6 41.Qe8  1–0

 

Over the years he played in many chess congresses. He won the Major at Scarborough twice and one year drew a game with GM Colin McNab in the Open. In his later years he enjoyed playing the slower-paced events at the British Chess Championships.

 

He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by Scarborough Chess Club.

 

Neil Pennock

Secretary Scarborough Chess Club

14/01/2021

 

 

 

Peter Cloudsdale, now of York, worked for a while in Scarborough, thereby coming to know Malcolm Peart, and Peter gives his own memories, as follows.

 

Memories of Malcolm R Peart of Scarborough, RIP

 

Sadly have just heard of the passing of Malcolm and thought it appropriate to set out some memories.

 

From 1980-1984 I was employed in Scarborough and ran an insurance company office in Westborough.  I first met Malcolm as Manager of the TSB who arranged a bank loan for a local public house.  My firm organised the insurance of the property.

 

Malcolm and I shared a love of chess and were members of Scarborough Club.  He was Captain of the Woodhouse team, also Club President and together with other Club members we spent many happy hours together.  This included travelling a long way to away matches.  Malcolm was a strong player and always encouraged others to improve.

 

His other interests included music - he was a good singer - and history.  Yearly we attended the cricket match held in Scarborough as part of the Festival.

 

He was very well respected and a true gentleman and good sportsman.  Malcolm was a Methodist lay preacher and had good values but never pressured others.

 

He will be sadly missed.

 

My sincere thoughts are with his wife, son and daughter at this sad time.

 

Peter Cloudsdale

York

10.1.2021