Ken Bloodworth   25.06.1914 - 16.03.2011 

Ken Bloodworth has died suddenly at his Plymouth home at the age of 96.

Ken was an active member of the Plymouth Chess Club and the photos (2 & 3) below show him recently playing colleagues in the Bloodworth league (aptly named after him).

The following link, to the Chess Devon website, gives an account of Ken's life:

http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/Pioneers/kjb/base.htm

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Ken's last game

Ken J Bloodworth v Tony Tatam,  Bloodworth League,  14 March 2011

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Bloodworth, KJ. - Tatam, A.
1-0, 14/03/2011.
[#] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 h6 4.h3 Nf6 5.Nc3 c6 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Nbd7 8.b4 Ne5 9.Bb3 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Bf4 a5 12.bxa5 Qxa5 13.Bd2 Qb6 14.Be3 Qc7 15.Rb1 b5 16.f3 Ba6 17.Qd2 b4 18.Nce2 c5 19.Nf5 c4 20.Bxh6 Nh7 21.Bxg7 cxb3 22.cxb3 Rfd8 23.Rfc1 Qd7 24.Nf4 Bg5 25.h4 Bxf4 26.Qxf4 Nd3 27.Qg3 f6 28.Nh6# [1-0]

 

Black has a distinct advantage after 20.Bxh6 and should have played 20.....cxb3  21.Bxg7 Bxe2. We spent some time analysing after the game and when we finished Ken said 'I may be 96 but I can still play chess !'

God bless my friend, you will be greatly missed. Tony