A new trophy, The Richard Haddrell Memorial Trophy, was awarded at this year’s National Schools Under 19 Chess Championship to the team finishing in second place. Richard Haddrell was well known to many chess players for his grading work, amongst other roles with the ECF, and also made a huge contribution to the SCCU, Kent CA and Tunbridge Wells club. Richard was a very dedicated and efficient Chief Conductor of the National Schools Chess Championship for fifteen years from 2001 until 2015, but sadly was too ill to continue last summer and passed away in September.
Richard was instrumental in steering the National Schools Chess Championship through challenging times when it lost its sponsorship. This competition began life in 1957/8 sponsored by The Sunday Times and then from 1983 by The Times. Richard secured new premises for the Finals, first in Nottingham for three years, then at Quorn (Leicestershire) in 2005 and from 2006 at the splendid surroundings of Uppingham School. Richard also wished to encourage teams who lost in their zone finals and so invited the four Plate Semi-Finalists as well as those in the Championship, thus doubling participation at the Finals from the traditional four teams to eight. This trend has continued with sixteen teams now invited to the Finals.
We should like to thank Richard’s sisters, Margaret and Judy, who kindly travelled from London and Warwick to present the trophy for the first time; the recipients were Hampton School, who also finished in second position in 2016 but on this occasion have a shield to display!
— John Swain, NSCC U19 Organiser