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peter_parr
20-05-2010, 11:19 AM
Lloyd Fell RIP (1918 – 2010)

The grand old man of Australian chess Lloyd Fell of Sydney passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon at the age of 91.

Fell was the most active chess player in the history of Australian chess for over 6.5 decades.

He will be sadly missed.

Funeral arrangements (10am Monday 24 May) will be announced in tomorrow’s (Friday) Sydney Morning Herald.

Peter Parr

Basil
20-05-2010, 11:33 AM
Thank you for letting me know. Rest in peace Lloyd.

Rincewind
20-05-2010, 01:32 PM
Vale Lloyd Fell.

His enthusiasm for chess was unwavering over an incredibly long period.

Unfortunately I only played him once. Lloyd won. An interesting game from memory. Score to follow in a few days when I get back home.

ER
20-05-2010, 01:32 PM
Thanks Peter, I had various encounters (mostly pleasant) with Lloyd throughout the years. The last one in Sydney (Norths) at the beginning of this year during the Aus Champs where he was kibbitzing and complaining about too many steps to get to the main hall or something like that ...
Lloyd, a working class man, a railway unionist, a tough, rough but fair dinkum figure, characteristic of an era that was already long gone when he left us, will be remembered for his sportmanship, dry humour, sharp wit and eternal whingeing.
Lloyd, thanks for that King's Indian Defence trap you showed me at the Hakoa Club in the early 80's, RIP.
* I heard somewhere that one of our strongest ever players, an Olympian and many titles holder once exchanged to a N&B vs lone K ending hoping that the old man wouldn't know or wouldn't remember how to reach the mating position, but the old man did! :)
** I also heard that Lloyd was once NSW (or was it Sydney City) Champion in Chess as well as in Draughts.
I am not sure of either, but people in the know can shed some light!

Gattaca
20-05-2010, 01:53 PM
Thanks, Peter.

That's sad news; the end of an era, but what a full life Lloyd had.

A couple of funny incidents over the years spring to mind...

Once I was losing in a tournament game to Lloyd and trying to find a way to swindle a draw. Given his advancing age even way back then, and the guillotine finish, I had the brilliant idea of taking refuge in a King versus King, knight and bishop ending. I figured that with not much time left on the clock the old guy would get flustered trying to mate me inside 50 moves and I'd get an ill deserved draw.

Much to my chagrin Lloyd belted out mate in 35 without turning a hair, not that he had many to turn.

He then stared at me indignantly over his reading glasses. 'You thought I couldn't do it?', he squeaked, then declared, 'I know every ending ever invented, off by heart. I can do that one in my sleep.'

Then, to complete my humiliation, for the next hour and a half I could hear a high pitched voice holding forth in the background, surrounded by a coterie of admirers. 'West thought I couldn't mate with knight and bishop against lone King. I can do that blindfold. Juniors nowdays don't know anything. I know every endgame ever invented, off by heart. Knight and bishop is easy. Here, I'll show you. Put the pieces anywhere you like.'

Another time I was playing in the Doeberl Cup at the old Griffin centre. Suddenly there was a commotion. I heard Lloyd's distinctive high pitched voice calling out for the DOP. A bemused Lloyd informed the arbiter that another player in the tournament had taken his little black bag and thrown it out of the room. (Not sure why he thought this was the DOP's jurisdiction)

It transpired that the other player was suffering a psychotic delusion that he was a Detective Inspector in the police force and that Lloyd's bag contained a bomb. Fortunately the bag was recovered without recourse to the bomb squad, and for the rest of the tournament Lloyd could be heard indignantly recounting the tale to anyone who would listen. 'He said my bag had a bomb in it. My bag didn't have a bomb in it! What's his problem?'

I don't know what happened to the Detective Inspector, but I suspect the men with butterfly nets may have quietly dropped by. Or maybe the DOP (was it you, Peter?) sorted it out.

Lloyd was pretty old school conservative and held numerous views that wouldn't be popular in today's politically correct world. I found him very funny to talk to. He was a great character of the game and added colour to every event he played in. He was prodigiously active and many years when I thought I would top the 'most active players' list I'd be thwarted by either Lloyd Fell or Moddaskew Ali. (Okay, Mosaddeque if you're a stickler for spelling.)

Lloyd was obviously very intelligent and talented. I was told he was a former Australian draughts champion and even well beyond his prime he used to keep the top chessplayers honest, upsetting many big name players, including even Ian Rogers I think.

For years I dreamed of beating Lloyd on time in a tournament game and given how often we played, eventually it happened. I was finally able to realise my life's dream and say to him straight faced,

'I'm sorry Flag, your Lloyd fell.'

Lloyd's flag has finally fallen and chess tournaments, especially his beloved Doeberl Cup, won't be the same without him. He played tournament chess to an age when most are long gone, and his competitive spirit still burned brightly. He spanned the generations of Australian chess and linked the present day to the past. Funny, uncompromising, charismatic and one of the great chess lovers in Australian history, Lloyd will be long remembered and greatly missed.

Gattaca
20-05-2010, 01:57 PM
Just noticed that JAK was posting while I was, and some of my comments have duplicated his. Sorry about that! :doh:

ER
20-05-2010, 02:00 PM
Just noticed that JAK was posting while I was, and some of my comments have duplicated his. Sorry about that! :doh:

LOL it's ok, proves the rumour was true too! :) A great piece or writing too! Collectors item! :) :clap:

that Caesar guy
20-05-2010, 04:51 PM
This is very sad news. I had the privilage of staying with him, and getting to know him (even though it was only a short period of time, insignificant compared to his long and properous life). He was a good man.

RIP.

antichrist
20-05-2010, 06:04 PM
LLoyd also knew a bit about classical music, able to chat with one of my music freak relos about all the great composers. I confess again that I deliberately led him astray into getting barred at NSW championship at Parramatta RSL re that cheating incident. But I did not want him barred. The only time he was barred I think.

He sounded like a bit of a racist but not really in practise. I don't think he discriminated and was friendly and approachable with everyone. Just his gruff manner and racist facade put some people off. But like me he just likes to stir and challenge people. I read today that Cristopher Hitchens is also like that, not happy unless upsetting and arguing with people. He claimed that his Jewish heritage gave him the right to upset that mob as well - and he very well did. Though keeping friends with them on a personal basis. Maybe his going through the depression effected his choices in life, he wanted to not spend too much money. I don't know of him ever marrying. I would make a point of being friendly with him, sometimes appreciated and sometimes not.

Trent Parker
21-05-2010, 06:03 PM
I remember the first time I played lloyd fell. It was at the NSW lightning championships....I stuffed up and ended up stalemating Lloyd in a KQ v K endgame...... the last time I ever did that! :D

I had the honour of defeating Lloyd in a standard game at the Australia Day Weekender a few years ago. He played the Nimzo Indian which I had been playing at that time...... I'll have to find that game.....

But I feel that this win only minorly related to my increase in strength rather more likely due to his decrease in latter years.

A person I was happy to speak to although I did not agree with certain things he might have said

John Curtis FM
21-05-2010, 06:08 PM
Lloyd Fell- Im proud to say I knew and loved Lloyd Fell for the wonderful eccentric person he was and that always brought a smile to my face when he greeted me. Lloyd was famous for his jolly Santa type laugh, his baggy trousers and his 'Signature" braces which held his pants up whist still working at State Rail as a Boilermaker. Hed laugh as his belly bounced like Santa Claus as he regailed he only had to go to State Rail to light up the furnaces and then sit down all day.Everyone who knows Lloyd will recall with fear the day he retired from NSW Railways. His tournament results in the first 12-18 months were absolutely outstanding!!!!! Lloyd sometimes travelled with me and Fred Flatow to Lloyds beloved Doeberl Cup and we'd stop at Goulburn. Lloyd would laugh at us as he ordered his steak n eggs (full mixed grill) for breakfast and I said gee Llloyd crikey thats a lot to eat. Lloyd replied he ate steak n eggs every day of his life! Who can forget how Lloyd would say he won the NSW Draughts Championship in 1950? and how rook n pawn endings were just like draughts and he was best rook n pawn expert and could NEVER be beaten from an equal position!! Lloyd will likely join his old chessmates Karl Madjaric, John Kellner and Yaraslav Schewchyk and CJS Purdy and others in the great heavenly Chess Centre and likely try giving his maker a few chess lessons to! I loved the old bugga.

Rincewind
21-05-2010, 10:19 PM
Sydney Grade Matches U2000
2001.07.31
Fell, Lloyd - RW

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.d3 Nc6 10.Ng5 Qd7 11.Rb1 b6 12.Qa4 Bb7 13.Be3 Qc7 14.Nf3 Rfd8 15.Rfc1 Rac8 16.Rc2 Qb8 17.a3 Qa8 18.Bh3 e6 19.Rbc1 Nd4 20.Nxd4 Bxd4 21.Bxd4 Rxd4 22.Rc4 Bc6 23.Qc2 Rcd8 24.Rxd4 Rxd4 25.b4 c4 26.dxc4 Qd8 27.Qc3 Rd2 28.Qe3 Qd6 29.f3 Ra2 30.c5 Qd5 31.cxb6 axb6 32.Qc3
Rxe2 33.Bf1 Ra2?? 34.Bc4
1-0

My position was no a razor's edge. The following line might have kept me in the game.

33...Rd2 34.Qe3 Rd1 35.Rxd1 Qxd1 36.Qxb6 Qxf3 37.Qd8+ Kg7 38.Qd3 Qh1+ 39.Kf2 Qxh2+ 40.Ke1 Qb2 41.b5 Bd5

But I was getting short on time, as I recall.

wegan
22-05-2010, 11:04 AM
Just a few items to add to the many thing already said about Lloyd.
I interviewed him at Parramatta in 2008 for my planned book on the Doeberl Cup, Some of the things he told me:

"I'm the best endgame player in the world - put that in your book"
He didn't learn chess till he was 21.
He won the Australian Checkers/Draughts championship in Brisbane in the 1950s.
His proudest achievement was winning the NSW state championship once, in 1963, against very tough opposition (including Fuller, Crowl, Hay, Flatow, Viner, Kellner, and the Purdys).
His most admired player was Alekhine but the one he tried to emulate was Capabalanca (later Karpov).
His toughest opponent was Koshnitsky - only one win against him.
His most memorable Doeberl game was the 73 move last round draw against Ian Rogers in 1978 that earned him part of an 8-way tie for first.

I was part of the organising committee that gave Lloyd lifetime free entry to the Doeberl after he had played more than 30 times. When I interviewed him in Parramatta in 2008 he was his usual lively self but when I saw him at the Doeberl a few months later I was shocked at his decline. I told the organisers I doubted he would be back again so they arranged a special presenatation to him at the closing ceremony. It was the only time I saw him smile at the event.
Ironically it seems his absence the following year was due more to problems organising accommodation than inability to compete, but the writing was on the wall at this years Aus Champs, as he was a very frail spectator but game to the end.
The Doeberl, and Australian chess, wil be poorer without Lloyd's garrulous kibitzing
Bill Egan

antichrist
22-05-2010, 03:15 PM
Sometimes I did not envy Lloyd because it seemed that his only purpose in life was chess. I am unaware of him doing anything else challenging in life.

themovingman
22-05-2010, 03:36 PM
yesterday morning I wrote the following in our local (Central Coast NSW) Chess email Bulletin :

In the 1980's I heard Lloyd's voice call "who is this Keith Farrell" since I had played more tournament games than he in the period, and for a year or so our numbers if not results were vying , this was a little after I had been acquainted with his rather irascible 'charms'. My very first brush (I think, I may be wrong - it was in 1985 the inaugural Gosford Open) with Lloyd's blunt analysis was when he declared that I must be an idiot to have thrown away a winning game in a terribly butchered endgame against Glen Devine. It wasn't till a couple of years later when a fellow competition excitedly invited me to watch Lloyd In Post Mortem - it was true Lloyd could be immensely entertaining declaring things like "the man's a genius, it takes true genius to find the one losing move here" and "the position was foolproof, it took a fool to prove it".

1999-2000 saw Lloyd stay at my place for a fortnight while we both played in the Australian Champs (at Mingara) - he in the Seniors comp while we (another local he gave a lift to) struggled in the Minor Section, going through games we played was instructive and enjoyable - and when he showed me some of his correspondence games let me appreciate that form - if only I had the Discipline. Lloyd had been a keen Draughts player before chess - and thinking about Correspondence draughts - ten games against each other at a time (the incidence of draws being much higher) - all this from the 1940's on. One amusing incident he related was how he sent the correct moves to the wrong game and then I think he resigned in the next post (only the 1 game he mucked up - and perhaps before the reply (am unsure about that) ).

In 2001 Lloyd won the White Knight/Toukley weekender (the rating limit was under 2000 at the time). Since Michael Roche established them (in 1998) we at Gosford have awarded two trophies at Gosford's yearly Open - The Lloyd Fell Senior and Junior for those who have outperformed their ratings.

I bumped into Lloyd at The Australian Championships early January this year.

Lloyd won the 1944 City of Sydney Chess tournament also in 1960, 1962, 1973,. In 1963 he was NSW Champion.

Adamski
22-05-2010, 11:39 PM
I'd like to join everyone in stating what a great character and greatly loved man Lloyd Fell was in the Australian chess scene. He will indeed be sadly missed. RIP.

Vlad
23-05-2010, 01:40 PM
Lloyd was definitely a very interesting character. Even though I heard him compaining many times about these bloody Russians coming and taking all prizes:), he was quite kind to juniors, in particular to Anton. He was keen on spending some time and going through some interesting endings with Anton... And this is how I remember him, RIP.

ER
23-05-2010, 03:06 PM
Here is the funeral announcement courtesy of Shaun Press (as usual excellent in presentation and material) Chessexpress blog:

http://community.classifieds.dailytelegraph.com.au/view/fell-lloyd-stanley/1959947113-sydney-nsw/

Tony Dowden
23-05-2010, 08:30 PM
Thanks, Peter.

That's sad news; the end of an era, but what a full life Lloyd had.

A couple of funny incidents over the years spring to mind...

Once I was losing in a tournament game to Lloyd and trying to find a way to swindle a draw. Given his advancing age even way back then, and the guillotine finish, I had the brilliant idea of taking refuge in a King versus King, knight and bishop ending. I figured that with not much time left on the clock the old guy would get flustered trying to mate me inside 50 moves and I'd get an ill deserved draw.

Much to my chagrin Lloyd belted out mate in 35 without turning a hair, not that he had many to turn.

He then stared at me indignantly over his reading glasses. 'You thought I couldn't do it?', he squeaked, then declared, 'I know every ending ever invented, off by heart. I can do that one in my sleep.'

Then, to complete my humiliation, for the next hour and a half I could hear a high pitched voice holding forth in the background, surrounded by a coterie of admirers. 'West thought I couldn't mate with knight and bishop against lone King. I can do that blindfold. Juniors nowdays don't know anything. I know every endgame ever invented, off by heart. Knight and bishop is easy. Here, I'll show you. Put the pieces anywhere you like.'

Another time I was playing in the Doeberl Cup at the old Griffin centre. Suddenly there was a commotion. I heard Lloyd's distinctive high pitched voice calling out for the DOP. A bemused Lloyd informed the arbiter that another player in the tournament had taken his little black bag and thrown it out of the room. (Not sure why he thought this was the DOP's jurisdiction)

It transpired that the other player was suffering a psychotic delusion that he was a Detective Inspector in the police force and that Lloyd's bag contained a bomb. Fortunately the bag was recovered without recourse to the bomb squad, and for the rest of the tournament Lloyd could be heard indignantly recounting the tale to anyone who would listen. 'He said my bag had a bomb in it. My bag didn't have a bomb in it! What's his problem?'

I don't know what happened to the Detective Inspector, but I suspect the men with butterfly nets may have quietly dropped by. Or maybe the DOP (was it you, Peter?) sorted it out.

Lloyd was pretty old school conservative and held numerous views that wouldn't be popular in today's politically correct world. I found him very funny to talk to. He was a great character of the game and added colour to every event he played in. He was prodigiously active and many years when I thought I would top the 'most active players' list I'd be thwarted by either Lloyd Fell or Moddaskew Ali. (Okay, Mosaddeque if you're a stickler for spelling.)

Lloyd was obviously very intelligent and talented. I was told he was a former Australian draughts champion and even well beyond his prime he used to keep the top chessplayers honest, upsetting many big name players, including even Ian Rogers I think.

For years I dreamed of beating Lloyd on time in a tournament game and given how often we played, eventually it happened. I was finally able to realise my life's dream and say to him straight faced,

'I'm sorry Flag, your Lloyd fell.'

Lloyd's flag has finally fallen and chess tournaments, especially his beloved Doeberl Cup, won't be the same without him. He played tournament chess to an age when most are long gone, and his competitive spirit still burned brightly. He spanned the generations of Australian chess and linked the present day to the past. Funny, uncompromising, charismatic and one of the great chess lovers in Australian history, Lloyd will be long remembered and greatly missed.

Thanks Guy

peter_parr
25-05-2010, 01:40 PM
The funeral of Lloyd Fell was held at Northern Suburbs Crematorium, North Ryde, Sydney yesterday.

There were wreaths and flowers from both the Australian Chess Federation and New South Wales Chess Association.

In attendance were family and friends including chess players with a wide variety of titles - GM, IM, FM, WIM, WCM, 4 former Australian Champions, former NSW State Champions, chess-playing medical doctors, players from city and country areas and representatives of ACF, NSWCA, NSW Junior League, CCLA etc.

All speakers spoke highly of the grand old man of Australian Chess and his solid figure in hundreds of tournaments over the last 65 years will be missed.

Lloyd was of slim build throughout his younger days. Kasparov retired at the age of 42 but Lloyd played in the first of 46 consecutive annual Doeberl Cups at the age of 44!

Alekhine was World Champion when Lloyd first won the City of Sydney 66 years ago. There were no GM titles in those days compared to over 1400 now! The NSWCA will in the fullness of time organise the Lloyd Fell Memorial Tournament in accordance with his stature in Australian Chess history.

The obituary which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday was read out at the funeral.
SMH (http://www.chessdiscountsales.com/news/2010.htm)


Watson, G.Koshnitsky, Fell and others have been reported as "the Grand old men" of Australian chess in various periods.
Youngsters J.Purdy and Flatow are only in their early 70's.

Viner is perhaps the next Grand old man when he turns 85 in 2012.
The grand old ladies of Australian chess Anne and Evelyn are both 95!

BrendanNorman
25-05-2010, 09:44 PM
Thanks, Peter.

That's sad news; the end of an era, but what a full life Lloyd had.

A couple of funny incidents over the years spring to mind...

Once I was losing in a tournament game to Lloyd and trying to find a way to swindle a draw. Given his advancing age even way back then, and the guillotine finish, I had the brilliant idea of taking refuge in a King versus King, knight and bishop ending. I figured that with not much time left on the clock the old guy would get flustered trying to mate me inside 50 moves and I'd get an ill deserved draw.

Much to my chagrin Lloyd belted out mate in 35 without turning a hair, not that he had many to turn.

He then stared at me indignantly over his reading glasses. 'You thought I couldn't do it?', he squeaked, then declared, 'I know every ending ever invented, off by heart. I can do that one in my sleep.'

Then, to complete my humiliation, for the next hour and a half I could hear a high pitched voice holding forth in the background, surrounded by a coterie of admirers. 'West thought I couldn't mate with knight and bishop against lone King. I can do that blindfold. Juniors nowdays don't know anything. I know every endgame ever invented, off by heart. Knight and bishop is easy. Here, I'll show you. Put the pieces anywhere you like.'

Another time I was playing in the Doeberl Cup at the old Griffin centre. Suddenly there was a commotion. I heard Lloyd's distinctive high pitched voice calling out for the DOP. A bemused Lloyd informed the arbiter that another player in the tournament had taken his little black bag and thrown it out of the room. (Not sure why he thought this was the DOP's jurisdiction)

It transpired that the other player was suffering a psychotic delusion that he was a Detective Inspector in the police force and that Lloyd's bag contained a bomb. Fortunately the bag was recovered without recourse to the bomb squad, and for the rest of the tournament Lloyd could be heard indignantly recounting the tale to anyone who would listen. 'He said my bag had a bomb in it. My bag didn't have a bomb in it! What's his problem?'

I don't know what happened to the Detective Inspector, but I suspect the men with butterfly nets may have quietly dropped by. Or maybe the DOP (was it you, Peter?) sorted it out.

Lloyd was pretty old school conservative and held numerous views that wouldn't be popular in today's politically correct world. I found him very funny to talk to. He was a great character of the game and added colour to every event he played in. He was prodigiously active and many years when I thought I would top the 'most active players' list I'd be thwarted by either Lloyd Fell or Moddaskew Ali. (Okay, Mosaddeque if you're a stickler for spelling.)

Lloyd was obviously very intelligent and talented. I was told he was a former Australian draughts champion and even well beyond his prime he used to keep the top chessplayers honest, upsetting many big name players, including even Ian Rogers I think.

For years I dreamed of beating Lloyd on time in a tournament game and given how often we played, eventually it happened. I was finally able to realise my life's dream and say to him straight faced,

'I'm sorry Flag, your Lloyd fell.'

Lloyd's flag has finally fallen and chess tournaments, especially his beloved Doeberl Cup, won't be the same without him. He played tournament chess to an age when most are long gone, and his competitive spirit still burned brightly. He spanned the generations of Australian chess and linked the present day to the past. Funny, uncompromising, charismatic and one of the great chess lovers in Australian history, Lloyd will be long remembered and greatly missed.

Great and moving tribute to the Aussie chess legend.

Pete's idea of a "Lloyd Fell memorial tournament" is great, but all too logical...how could there not be a tournament to honour such a legend?... I'm looking forward to it and regret missing the funeral.

RIP and eternal respect for Lloyd.:(

Elo-Elo ?
26-05-2010, 04:47 PM
I would like to relate a story about the late Lloyd Fell, whom I played only once (City of Sydney '95 - I resigned after 12 moves ! ). This story also concerns another chess player whose surname I never knew, but would be glad if any of your correspondents could let me know.

In 1999, I happened to be living in Vienna, and would often visit the old cafes where chess was regularly played. One night I found myself in the Cafe Museum, in Schwarzplatz, and there were about 12 tables, all occupied except one, where an elderly gentleman was sitting alone, playing out a game from a chess journal. I asked him (in German) if he would like a game. He replied that he was very much absorbed by the game he was studying. I apologised, and suggested that we might play a game later (all in German).
To my surprise, he said (in German) "You have an Australian accent, where are you from ?". "Sydney", I replied. Then, in pretty good English, he asked "Where in Sydney ?" "Balmain", said I. "Ah, what a nice place !", said he.
At this point I realised I had come across yet another psycho, so I asked if he knew any of the pubs in Balmain (of which I myself am something of an expert). Says he: "Sir William Wallace, Dry Dock, Unity Hall, Cat and Fiddle, London, Exchange" etc. Egg on my face is a total understatement. Then he invited me to sit down and introduced himself as MARIO, originally from Yugoslavla. He had spent many years in Australia, and claimed to have been wrongly deported for having some dodgy dealings with Abe Saffron, stuff which he had strongly denied in the courts. He asked if I played any "serious" chess. I mentioned that I had played a few seasons of Grade with Wests.
Then, out of the blue, he asked "Do you know Lloyd Fell ?". "Of course", I replied. "The grumpy old four-eyed bald-headed bastard is still going strong!".
He told me that he and Lloyd had shared a house/flat for quite a while and obviously played chess togeher many times. It seems that Lloyd only beat him twice, so Mario must have been pretty sharp (he mentioned later that he was 2000+). We had a wonderful conversation for a couple of hours, all about Sydney in the good ol' days, and he asked me to say Hello to Lloyd if I was ever back in Sydney.
Well, about 6 months later I was indeed back, and one day found myself at Norths, where there was a big tournament going on (think it might have been NSW championship 2000 ?). Anyway, I spotted the grand old man, who was in a winning position in his game, waited for the ultimate conclusion, and snuck backstage to congratulate him. "By the way,Mr. Fell, I have a message for you from Mario in Vienna. He says Hello". Lloyd, in his inimitable, irascible fashion said "He's in Germany ?". "Austria" said I.
"Whatever.", says Lloyd,snapping his braces, "that bastard owes me fifty bucks !"

Dear Lloyd, you had the perfect endgame, in every respect. Vale.

P.S. If anybody out there knows Mario's surname, please let me know.

arosar
26-05-2010, 05:22 PM
Toby...is that you??

Amiel

Elo-Elo ?
26-05-2010, 11:21 PM
Dear Amiel Rosario,

No I'm not Toby (I assume you are talking about Toby Drechsler ?). But, amazingly enough, when Lloyd told me that Mario owed him 50 dollars, Toby, who had overheard the conversation, exclaimed "He owes me a hundred !"
Fair dinkum.
Cheers.

paulb
28-05-2010, 11:49 PM
Very sad to hear of Lloyd's departure. The cheeky old bugger sure had some go in him. Sadly missed.

antichrist
30-08-2013, 12:14 PM
Bequest
One final story … a couple of years ago I was talking to Peter following the death of Lloyd Fell and I asked him if Lloyd had perhaps left something to chess in his will. Peter advised that Lloyd had thought about leaving his house to the NSWCA (as Rudzitis did for the Melbourne Chess Club a couple of decaded ago) but apparently had had a falling out with them recently and so the bequest was never made.

AC
I guess this would have been his expulsion from that NSW Championship (was it) at Parramatta about year 2,000, after he had seen red at a player breaking touch move rule against him. What particularly irked him was there was a witness but that witness was not acceptable to the arbiter, due to being from the same club that LLoyd almost never attended. The witness, also inflamed at the injustice, urged Lloyd not to take it lying down and Lloyd's blood pressure rose accordingly. The rest is history.

Most unfortunate that is how NSW lost the opportunity for a chess centre.

And that was the first time in 44 years of competition that he had been expelled.

antichrist
29-10-2013, 06:40 PM
The funeral of Lloyd Fell was held at Northern Suburbs Crematorium, North Ryde, Sydney yesterday.

There were wreaths and flowers from both the Australian Chess Federation and New South Wales Chess Association.

In attendance were family and friends including chess players with a wide variety of titles - GM, IM, FM, WIM, WCM, 4 former Australian Champions, former NSW State Champions, chess-playing medical doctors, players from city and country areas and representatives of ACF, NSWCA, NSW Junior League, CCLA etc.

All speakers spoke highly of the grand old man of Australian Chess and his solid figure in hundreds of tournaments over the last 65 years will be missed.

Lloyd was of slim build throughout his younger days. Kasparov retired at the age of 42 but Lloyd played in the first of 46 consecutive annual Doeberl Cups at the age of 44!
.................................................. .................
Alekhine was World Champion when Lloyd first won the City of Sydney 66 years ago. There were no GM titles in those days compared to over 1400 now! The NSWCA will in the fullness of time organise the Lloyd Fell Memorial Tournament in accordance with his stature in Australian Chess history.
.................................................


Watson, G.Koshnitsky, Fell and others have been reported as "the Grand old men" of Australian chess in various periods.
Youngsters J.Purdy and Flatow are only in their early 70's.

Viner is perhaps the next Grand old man when he turns 85 in 2012.
The grand old ladies of Australian chess Anne and Evelyn are both 95!

Considered with my post immediately above re willing to the NSWCA, has Lloyd being let down twice by NSWCA?

antichrist
29-10-2013, 06:42 PM
Considered with my post immediately above re willing to the NSWCA, has Lloyd being let down twice by NSWCA?

And I may say a third issue unknowingly initiated by NSWCA, that certain members of the executive should have been highly aware of, but will refrain from stating due to defamation reasons. This issue began the whole sorry saga.

Sutek
20-03-2014, 05:16 AM
2527

Looks like John Kellner (RIP) to the left and Lloyd to the right.
No idea where it was taken or the event.

machomortensen
20-04-2017, 07:11 AM
Did Lloyd Fell ever play tournaments outside Australia?

MichaelBaron
20-04-2017, 11:08 AM
Did Lloyd Fell ever play tournaments outside Australia?

Not according to ChessMetrics. Actually, kind of hard imagine him elsewhere :). Would be a very surrealistic situation.

machomortensen
22-04-2017, 01:04 AM
You are probably right, Michael, but also in Scandinavia we have some characters.

My only picture of Lloyd Fell is from The Australian Open 2009 in Manly. I'm a bit proud that he remembered me and our game - a long draw - from Penrith 2003.3462