John Littlewood (1931 – 2009)

John Littlewood

John Littlewood

John Eric Littlewood joined Liverpool Chess Club around 1950 and remained at the club almost continuously for the next 50 years and for most of that time was the clubs strongest player
John was one of the leading Chess players in Britain for many years, his most notable tournament was the Hastings 1962 International Chess Congress where he defeated the American Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier and played his most famous game against Mikhail Botvinnik who was World Champion at the time, losing only after launching a sacrificial attack which Botvinnick managed to cleverly defend
John also defeated German grandmaster Ullmann on two occasions and had faced many grandmasters including Gligoric, Smyslov, Golombek, Keene, Short, Speelman and Adams. John became the National Senior Champion in 2006 and played in 2 Olympiads for England in 1962 and 1972. His son Paul E Littlewood became British National Champion in 1981
John was dedicated to encouraging junior chess becoming BCF junior Director and also managed the National Blind chess team

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