Keith Richardson passed away on 10 April and the Hamilton Russell website received a message from his son Ian:
You may have heard already that Keith (my dad) passed away on 10th April after suffering a stroke and seizures. His passing was peaceful and pain free.
For anyone who would like to say hello and pay respects the funeral and wake 3pm at Aldershot Crematorium [on 3 May] and then on to Camberley Heath Golf club.
Anyone who might like to contact directly my email is email@example.com.
I would like to add some notes about Keith. One of the delights of running the Hamilton Russell Cup is the wonderful people you meet, and I can honestly say that Keith was at the pinnacle of the community.
He was one of our friendliest, most helpful and most sporting, as well as strongest players.
A joy to deal with and a joy to play against – even though I lost all of our encounters!
I was not alone in being beaten by Keith. In the 2014/15 Hamilton Russell season, for example, he scored 7.5/8 on boards 2 and 3 for the MCC.
This Barclays web page has some background on Keith’s achievements, including becoming Britain’s first correspondence chess grandmaster.
To finish up with, here is a link to a beautiful game Keith played against the former British champion Peter Lee in the Knights’ Tour, where the time control was 30 minutes a side.