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RIP Tony Lewis (1933-2012)
Written by Michael McDowell   

Robert Tony Lewis passed away on 31st October 2012. Born in Lancashire on 5th February 1933, he was introduced to problems at the age of 12 by Edward Boswell, who gave a talk on the subject to the Morecambe Grammar School Chess Club. His earliest problems appeared in Chess in the late 1940s and he was a prizewinner in the first McWilliam tourney for composers aged under 21. Tony became fascinated by two-move block problems, an area in which his skill earned him the affectionate nickname “Mutateman”, though his formidable constructional ability also saw expression in other types. An excellent solver, Tony won the solving championship of The Problemist many times in the 1960s, 70s and 80s in partnership with Sally Lewis, solving as “T.Sal”, and also represented Great Britain in the World Chess Solving Championship of 1983 at Bat Yam.

Tony was a stalwart of the BCPS for many years, serving as President from 1997 to 1999. He became Society Treasurer in 1995, a post he only relinquished in April this year, and his careful management is responsible for the sound financial position the BCPS finds itself in today. In the early 2000s he and Sally organised three consecutive BCPS weekends in Cheltenham, and both regularly assisted at the British Solving Final.

Our commiserations go to Sally and the Lewis family.

For examples of Tony’s work see The Problemist Supplement for November 2011.

Tony Lewis

Tony at the 2002 BCPS meeting in Cheltenham.
Photo: Franziska Iseli

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 16:20
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