Sheffield & District Chess Association

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Passing of Michael Johnson of Chesterfield


News was received today of the passing of Mike Johnson as a result of Covid.  He was born on 26/01/1962 (apparently in Derby), and so was only 59 years of age.


Andy Mort says he had known Mike since Mike was a teenager.  I myself (Steve Mann) can remember him from a similar time, and can remember a time long gone when I could beat him, easily, but Mike got better and I got worse as time went by.


He played for Chesterfield in the Sheffield & Derbyshire leagues, for Sheffield in the Yorkshire league, and presumably for Derbyshire in county matches.  He even played for the Spirit of Atticus club in the 4NCL on occasion.  (See photo below.)


A fuller obituary produced in Chesterfield is to follow.  (Update, 14/1/2021: obituary from Andy Mort now added, click here to read it.)


At 4NCL Rounds 2, 12th November 2017, Doncaster:

Mike Johnson (left, Sheffield/Chesterfield) of Spirit of Atticus B team,

and Gary Hinchcliffe (right, Barnsley) who filled in for Shropshire,

going through their 2nd round game which was won my Mike.