Remembering Richard Furness

Richard Furness, one of Britain's leading chess organizers, arbiters and administrators, died on 15 April 2004. A schoolmaster by profession, Richard learnt chess from his father aged ten and played in a few international postal competitions as a young man, but his major contribution to the game in Britain over many years has been as an organizer and arbiter. Richard had been inspired to try his hand at organizing after being a spectator at two major events in 1969 (the Clare Benedict Cup and the British Championship) and this led to his foundation of the Manchester and District Congress which ran so successfully during the 1970s. Later he directed the prestigious Benedictine International, held in Manchester from 1978 to 1983. Richard's talents and energies became widely noticed and this soon led to invitations to organize events outside the North West. (taken from the obituary at


Richard's daughter, Clare, writes:

"In September 2010 I will be cycling from London to Paris in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. 

This challenging event takes place over 3 days and involves covering a distance of around 300km by bike.  

Finishing beneath Paris' most famous landmark, the Eifel Tower, the event brings together two great interests of mine:

1) the gruelling Tour de France cycle race which my Dad introduced me to over 20 years ago and which I have followed ever since, and

2) fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, a charity which supports people such as my Dad, and continues to work tirelessly towards finding a cause and cure for this devastating disease.

For information about the work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association visit

I acknowledge and appreciate all the support, financial and otherwise, which many of you have shown on previous occasions, namely my running endeavours at the 'Brussels 20km' in 2004 and my '50km Challenge' in 2007, both of which raised valuable funds for the same cause.  

However, I very much hope that with your help, 6 years of fundraising efforts can culminate in one last big push which I hope would make my Dad proud.

Please dig deep...


If you would like to donate, please visit


best wishes





"the law is a magical sword, to battle injustice everywhere"

              Colin Gonsalves, Middlesex University 20th May 2009




Adam Raoof (

Acting Programmes and Assessment Officer (Law)

Middlesex University,

The Burroughs, Hendon,

London NW4 4BT.

Room WG34 (Student Office), 0208 411 Ext. 5257



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