Morpeth Chess Club

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Les Whittle - Morpeth Chess Club President RIP

Leslie V Whittle
1939 - 2018

It is with deep sadness that we learnt that Les passed away in the early hours of 9th June 2018.

He joined Morpeth Chess Club in 1959 and was both Secretary and A Team Captain for many years. He also played international chess for the Braille Chess Association for several years and Captained the Northumberland County team for 7 years from 1984. He also played correspondence chess for the Braille Chess Association and Northumberland.

Other interests included listening to music, sound-recording of birds and, together with his sister Moira, he had an allotment for many years.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and our thoughts are with his family.


“A fine chess player and a fine friend. My thoughts are with his sister, Moira, and the rest of his family. Rest in peace, Les”

James Turner


“So sorry to hear the sad news regarding Les. He was a lovely friendly guy and enjoyed meeting and chatting to him along with our battles over the chess board! My thoughts are with his family, friends and Morpeth chess club. A good chess player too. RIP Les.”

Gary Cornwall


“What awful news. My best wishes to all Les's family and to the members of Morpeth chess club. Xx”

Sophie Atkinson


“Can only echo your thoughts James... I will miss Les greatly. He was a friend, a supportive captain, and a key part of the heart of Morpeth Chess Club”

Roger Coathup


I am truly sad to hear of the death of a great friend and team mate in the braille team. I played alongside Les in one Braille World Cup in Greece and 2 six nations events in Germany and France. My condolences to Moira and his family, and to all at Morpeth Chess Club. He spoke to me a lot about chess in the North East as my late father came from Middlesbrough. Rest in peace dear friend”

Stephen Hilton


“Les will be greatly missed by his many friends in the BCA and in the wider International Braille Chess community.”

Braille Chess Association


“Big loss to us. One of the few people who stirs an immersive experience with the chess board.”

Malola Prasath


“Such a sad thing to hear this morning .I know many of our club members met and played against him ... such a nice gentleman RIP”

South Shields Chess Club


“RIP Les Whittle, my chess friend of many years. One the best friends in chess i had over a long period of time. He will be missed by myself and the club. His contribution to Morpeth chess club can never be matched.”

John Horton