Tuesday, 23 January 2018


Alex Beckett at the UCU Chanpionship 2011.

Martin Kelly has been notified by Rodger Beckett about the sad  passing away of  his father, Alex Beckett at age 86.

Alex was a well-loved founder member of Fisherwick Chess Club and veteran of Ulster chess for over 50 years, heavily involved in running Ulster chess and controlling tournaments including the Ulster Seniors for many years. 

His funeral will be held this Friday at 11am at Knockbreda C.of.I. Parish Church, Church Road BT8 7AN. 

He will be sorely missed by all his many friends in Ulster chess.

Alex Beckett at the UCU Championship 2011.

Alex Beckett can be seen in the video below, at approx 1.26 on the time-line, and again at approx 3.56 on the time-line.

ECC 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

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