Gordon Crown

Gordon Crown

Gordon Crown

Gordon Thomas Crown – The Boy who could have been King
Gordon started playing chess at the age of 9 and soon afterwards joined Liverpool Chess Club rapidly progressing his game and his chess career winning the Lancashire Junior Championship in 1944, 1945 and 1946
At just 16 he was part of the senior Lancashire team that won the English Counties Championship in 1945. In April 1946 aged 17 he came 2nd in the British Boys Championship at Hastings. Crown represented England against the Dutch in 1947 winning both of his games and was then invited to play in the British Championship.
Crown played for Great Britain against the USSR in 1947 defeating Kotov the Russian number 2 behind Botvirnnik and in October1947 played for Britain winning his game against Australia
In November 1947 Gordon was admitted to hospital and suffered a burst appendix and died of peritonitis after complications from surgery aged just 18

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