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29.12.05 - Adrian Turner

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of club member, chess personality, and friend Adrian Turner. Our thoughts are with his family. His long time friend John Kable prepared these notes on Adrian’s life.

Adrian Errol Turner

Born April 29, 1922 in Invercargill, New Zealand
Died November 7, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia.

Adrian Turner saw overseas service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War 2. On his return to civilian life he obtained a Master of Arts Degree from Auckland University.

In 1968 Adrian took a senior post in the Monash University Library, from which he retired in 1986.

In 2002 Adrian suffered a stroke, which left him wheelchair-bound.

During the last three years of his life Adrian lived at Millward Residential Care, where his wife bought a unit so that she could be with him.

Adrian left a wife, and a son and daughter from a previous marriage.

Adrian Turner had a most distinguished chess career. At one time he was Correspondence Chess Champion of New Zealand. In his four appearances in the New Zealand Championship from 1951 to 1957 he finished equal second twice and third twice. In 1952 Adrian was the umpire (‘resplendent in early Victorian side whiskers’) for the match in Auckland between Cecil Purdy, the Australian champion and Ortvin Sarapu, the New Zealand champion for the Championship of Australasia, which ended in a 5-5 tie.

Adrian was several times champion of the Monash University Chess Club and was made an Honorary Life Member of the club. For a period in the nineties Adrian was the Deputy President of the Australian Chess Federation. He was an active member of the Waverley Chess Club for many years, and when the senior section of the club folded he joined the Box Hill Chess club. As a member of our club Adrian was always available to help put away the chess equipment, and he was extremely generous in his financial support for our juniors and for club activities.

John Kable

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