Andrew Jonathan Whiteley RIP
June 9, 1947–July 8,2014
A sad day for English chess! The English Chess Federation reported his death today on its website. Andrew had been ill for some time, and so it was not such a surprise. However, anticipation does not dull the sadness of losing such a fine gentleman.
I last spoke with Andrew earlier this year at the Cappelle La Grande tournament, where he normally is an arbiter, but this year could not because of health issues. Andrew spoke openly about his cancer and fully recognized the hopelessness of it, but was determined to enjoy his life to the fullest, and visiting Cappelle one last time and seeing his friends and colleagues was high on his agenda.
I have fond memories of his arbitrating several of my games in Cappelle. In one, against the polish grandmaster Moranda (2005) I had a two-Knights against Pawn ending and managed to give mate with just 6 seconds left on my clock (the 30-second increment was not used that year). After the game I asked Andrew what would have happened had I flagged: he told me , in his usual English-style of not mixing words, that he would have forfeited me! (And he would have been fully justified to do so!)
I will miss Andrew. My condolences to his family.