Paul Buswell RIP

It was with great sadness that we learned that our colleague and friend, Paul Buswell passed away yesterday morning, 18th October 2022, at St.Michael’s Hospice, Hastings.

He was born in 1950 and later studied at Norwich University. Paul became General Secretary of the BCF and held that post at the St. Leonards office for eleven years. He sought a change of occupation and resigned from the BCF to work in bookeeping and accountancy.

He was a key member of Hastings and St. Leonards Chess Club, becoming Match Captain, Secretary and Chairman over the years. He was also largely instrumental in changing the status of the club to a Limited Company, with all the benefits that entailed. Paul was on the committee of the Hastings Chess Congress for many years and was Secretary until recently. We will miss his input.

As well as his committee work, Paul will also be remembered for being organiser, together with Marc Bryant, of the Hastings Blitz events which took place during the Congress. Some of the games even appeared in chess magazines and columns, rivalling the Congress events on occasions!

We send our condolences to his family and friends.

– October 19th 2022