Alan Groves 1942 – 2021

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Alan sadly died on 22nd March. His health had gradually deteriorated over the past few years.

Alan joined Gambit in the early 1970s when the club moved to Federation House where he was on its committee. He was our club’s auditor for over 30 years until 2010 and club president from 2016 to 2019 when he stepped down due to his health. He captained a team for a few seasons in the 1990s and won the Brian Gretton Trophy (best performance in the league by members graded < 130) in 2000-01 & 2013-14. For several years he was the 5th team’s main, and often sole, driver. He didn’t normally get involved with NCA affairs but in 2001 he played an instrumental role in sorting out the association accounts which were in a complete mess at the time.

Away from chess, one of Alan’s pleasures was popping abroad several times a year, mostly to Benidorm. In the mid 2000s a few of us went with him several times. He showed us the other side of Benidorm; the relaxed and peaceful Old Town. On our first visit he took us immediately to his local, the Robin Hood (run by a fellow Forest fan) for our first of many bottles of Mahou. One November a couple of us went with Alan to join his family and friends for the fiesta with its parade of decorative floats and the excellent fireworks display on Poniente Beach.

Alan will be very fondly remembered by everyone at the club as a warm and friendly man with a hearty laugh. He could always be found at the end of a club night in the bar with his fellow club mates. He was great company and a thoroughly decent man.

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