David Welch – RIP (1945 – 2019)

It is with regret that we report the death of David Welch, former Chief Arbiter for the ECF. Many of us in the North West will have grown up playing our chess congresses and junior events with the every present David Welch and his fellow arbiter Peter Purland.

David was the Chief Arbiter at many of the Lancashire Congresses over many years. The Three Arbiters, as I called them, ever presents at Blackpool and Chorley were David, Peter and Geoff Jones.

Whilst I remember David for many of the events he was arbiting, adult and junior congresses; David was also the person who quizzed me for my Arbiter exam and alongside Peter provided the necessary tution for succesfully becoming an arbiter in my own right. I recall having to do three congresses, and then get David and Peter to sign off on my competence! A scary moment, as I recall!

Alas, we do not have a photo of David to hand, I am sure we will find one in the archives. Hopefully, Zeljka does not mind us reusing the photo from the ECF pages.

2009 Gibraltar Chess Festival – photo by Zeljka Malobabic