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    Michael Corner RIP

    Michael Corner, who had a long career as a chess player, organiser and coach, in both Qld and SA, died last week of a suspected heart attack at the relatively young age of 55.

    I'm not too familiar with his chess career in SA, and would appreciate any information for his obituary in the next CAQ Newsletter (byronpa@hotmail.com).

    After he moved to Queensland in the early 90s, he was very active as a coach and organiser in junior chess with the Qld Junior Chess League. He was also CAQ President in the late 90s, and more recently Junior Chess Coordinator for five years.

    He was a strong bridge player, which was his main interest in recent years. But before that he played in several Qld Championships, with his best result being second place.

    I don't know what the funeral arrangements will be, but I'll post them as soon as I do.

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    Rest in peace Michael.

    I remember he was very friendly, and a strong combinational player too.
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    RIP Michael.

    I remember first meeting Mike in Adelaide in the late 80's (either the Adsteam Lidums in '87 or the World Juniors in '88) and found him to be very friendly and helpful.

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    Stunning news. Didn't he DOP the QTC late last year?

    Not even Michael would say that he was looking after himself like he should, but 55?

    Michael and I didn't hit it off on the best of terms as he was a bit Franz Liszt at the time and I wasn't in the mood. However, the Michael I remember was always smiling, always had a pleasant outlook and was always willing to lend a hand.

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    Always sad to hear of early deaths, and a chess administrator of quality to boot. RIP Michael.
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    Very sorry to hear that. I think I met him at the Aussie Junior in Adelaide in 1981, then of course when we were both in QLD in the late 1990s and the last decade. Always friendly and a hard worker for chess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom
    Michael Corner, who had a long career as a chess player, organiser and coach, in both Qld and SA, died last week of a suspected heart attack at the relatively young age of 55.

    I'm not too familiar with his chess career in SA, and would appreciate any information for his obituary in the next CAQ Newsletter (byronpa@hotmail.com).

    After he moved to Queensland in the early 90s, he was very active as a coach and organiser in junior chess with the Qld Junior Chess League. He was also CAQ President in the late 90s, and more recently Junior Chess Coordinator for five years.

    He was a strong bridge player, which was his main interest in recent years. But before that he played in several Qld Championships, with his best result being second place.

    I don't know what the funeral arrangements will be, but I'll post them as soon as I do.
    Sad to hear that Michael is no longer with us.
    When he was in Adelaide, Michael was always willing to help with running the Chess Centre and chess administration generally and had a special interest in junior chess.
    Michael won the City of Adelaide Championship in 1977 and in 1989 before returning to Queensland.
    Following is a short game by a young Michael Corner.


    Event: Interclub A Adelaide
    Date: 1977.??.??
    White: Corner, Michael
    Black: Arlauskas, Romanas
    Result: 1-0
    ECO: A82
    PlyCount: 39

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    Very sorry to hear this news. I will remember him as a gentle, friendly, generous man.

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    Rip Michael

    I am very,very sad to hear this news. Michael lived with me for some months in the late 1990's and he was always cheerful and helpful. He had recently played in the Queensland Veterans Championship, his first chess event in some time! He really enjoyed it and finished equal first! He also directed the 2012 Brisbane Open and he was friendly and professional in his manner with all of the players. He was planning to help in the directing of the Qld Juniors in 2013 and until recently was a regular attendee at CAQ INC Council Meetings.His sensible contributions at these two monthly meetings was appreciated by the entire Council. He had been rather unwell recently and had just attended his mother's funeral. I was looking forward to catching up with Michael this month and having lunch and a beer or two with him. He will be greatly missed in the both the chess community and the bridge community. Rest in Peace Michael!

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    Thanks to everyone who has responded (I've also had a lot of enquiries outside Chess Chat). Michael will obviously be missed by a lot of chessplayers.

    I don't have a definite date for his funeral yet, but it is likely to be the week after next.

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    Hi All,

    Very sad to hear of Michael's death. He had more personal demons than most but was a very friendly amiable fellow who was active in chess in SA.

    Nothing but good things to say about the man RIP mate!
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    Michael's funeral will be held on Thursday 14th March at 2pm at the KM Smith Funeral Home, 53 Brookes Street, Bowen Hills.

    Sorry about the short notice, but I only just found out myself.

    Geoff Corner, Michael's brother, would appreciate memories and stories about Michael that he might be able to add to the eulogy. Geoff's email - geoffc59@hotmail.com.

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    All but a full house; nicely done. As his brother said, Michael would be beaming from ear to ear had he seen the many present. RIP Michael.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Underpants
    All but a full house; nicely done. As his brother said, Michael would be beaming from ear to ear had he seen the many present. RIP Michael.
    Nice to hear there was a good attendance. R.I.P. Michael.
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    Mike was my coach when I was 9 until 12 or so. He was a very gentle, enthusiastic coach, and drove down to Canberra with me in 1995 to coach me to win the Aus u12s. He remained a friend of the family, and I still play his faithful French Defence to this day...

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