Some of the things that were going on:
- Mikhail Tal had recently died, and I managed to get an article from an ordinary American player through an Internet newsgroup, who happened to meet and play him. IMHO, a rather good read.
- a new chess club for junior players opened.
- a national chess league was being set up and we wanted to make sure Bristol was included. But it was thought it would cost big bucks.
- new prodigy 13 year old Jack Rudd was playing in the league
- we were still debating the virtues and evils of quickplay finishes
- note the grading supplement. Subscribers liked this because the alternative was to find the copy on the club noticeboard or buy your own.
(editors note – Look how many players were registered in the league! I tried to count but gave up. Luckily Jerry Humphreys of Downend & Fishponds CC records indicate league players in 1992 at 476 across 6 Divisions!)
John has been playing for Horfield for longer than anyone else cares to remember (but was actually 1983). Never quite managing to get to a 180 grade, he is resigned to the fact that he probably never will. He set up the original Bristol League website and has been, at various times League General Secretary, Recruitment and Publicity, Chess Times Editor, Bristol 4NCL Manager and an ECF Arbiter.