Robert Wade (chess player)

Robert Wade (Chess Player)

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Robert Graham WadeThere is some uncertainty over his middle name. Most sources give "Graham", but David Levy says it was "Grant" - see Levy's comments at the . He almost invariably published under the name "Robert G. Wade". OBE (born April 10, 1921 Dunedin, New Zealand, died on November 29, 2008, London), was a British chess player, writer, arbiter, coach, and promoter. He was New Zealand champion three times, British champion twice, and played in seven Chess Olympiads and one Interzonal tournament. Wade held the titles of International Master and International Arbiter.

Early Career in New Zealand

Wade grew up on a farm in Dunedin, New Zealand, far from the world's chess centres, and lacked strong competition early in his career. He developed his chess skills from materials in his local library, such as the British Chess Magazine and works by Australian champion Cecil Purdy.

After winning the New Zealand Chess Championship in 1944, 1945 and 1948, he travelled to Europe to further his chess career. International chess was starting up again after a six-year hiatus caused by World War II. For most Masters, it was a matter of dusting off their skills, but Wade had little if any high-class experience to draw upon, so he struggled at first with the new standard. Wade was attempting to become the first international-class player from New Zealand. He played in the British Chess Championship at Nottingham 1946, the first post-war...
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