Denys Bonner – Chess player and Problem Composer

(Details from the Exeter Express & Echo)
Denys Bonner passed away peacefully on October 3rd 2009 in Exeter Hospice, aged 90. Much loved by his family and friends. Funeral service to be held in St Peter’s.Chapel, Exeter Crematorium, on Thursday October 15th, 2009 at 2.45pm.  Donations if desired by retiring collection or by cheques made payable to Save the Children UK and Cats Protection, sent c/o Funeralcare, 119 Cowick Street, Exeter, EX4 1JD.

I was sorry to hear of the passing of Denys Bonner recently in a Exeter Nursing home. I have fond memories of a very strong player who was Somerset Champion for many years and played often on top  board in county matches. These were in the days when A.R.B Thomas would turn out for Devon. Later he formed an important chess composing friendship with Father Cyprian of Downside Abbey. He was a real gentleman and always very approachable. He was also a former Exmouth player, and I think he went to school there in the town. Bob Jones is going to mention him in his WMN chess column which comes out on Saturday. There may be one of his composed chess problems. There is a link to this weekly column on the Devon website (
– Brian Gosling

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