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    TUESDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2013
    Sir John Cornforth (1917-2013)
    Sir John Conforth, winner of the 1975 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, has passed away at the age of 96. He was born in Sydney in 1917, but spent a substantial amount of his life in the UK.
    While best known as a research chemist, he was also a fine chess player when he was younger. He played in the 1936 Australian Champion in Perth, scoring at least 6 wins, as well as the inaugural (1937) Australian Correspondence Chess Championship. He did this while completing his studies as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, and while suffering the final stages of otosclerosis, which resulted in total hearing loss.
    He maintained a strong connection with the Correspondence Chess League of Australia, and was a life member of the CCLA.


    Goldstein,Maurice Edward - Cornforth,John W [E28]
    AUS ch Perth (9.2), 07.01.1937

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    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 O-O 7. Bd3 d6 8. Ne2 b6 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. O-O e5 11. e4 Nc6 12. d5 Na5 13. Ng3 Ba6 14. Qe2 Qd7 15. a4 Nb3 16. Ra3 Nxc1 17. Rxc1 Rae8 18. a5 bxa5 19. Rxa5 Bc8 20. f3 a6 21. Ra3 g6 22. Bc2 Qe7 23. Ba4 Rd8 24. Rb1 h5 25. Qd2 h4 26. Ne2 Nh5 27. Qh6 Qf6 28. Bc6 h3 29. Rf1 hxg2 30. Rf2 Bh3 31. Qc1 g5 32. Rxa6 Nf4 33. Nxf4 exf4 34. Ra7 Qe5 35. Rb2 Kg7 36. Rbb7 g4 37. Re7 Qg5 38. e5 dxe5 39. d6 Rxd6 40. Bd5 Rf6 41. Qb1 gxf3 42. Bxf3 Re6 43. Rec7 e4 44. Qb7 Qf5 45. Bd1 f3 46. Ra2 Rd8 47. Ba4 e3 48. Rxf7+ Qxf7 49. Rxg2+ Bxg2 0-1

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    A very nice piece on John, a good read. Thank you and my sympathy to the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre Vettel View Post
    A very nice piece on John, a good read. Thank you and my sympathy to the family.
    They had almost a whole page on him in SMH but unfortunately they did not mention his chess record. But had enormous impact on science etc.

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