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CivicChessMan
19-07-2010, 10:49 PM
Ted Frost 1927-2010 (passed away peacefully 15th July, aged 83)

Ted Frost has been appropriately described as the great statesman of New Zealand Chess. Wellington Chess Club benefitted from his leadership both locally and nationally. For many years, with his son Tim and Club Captain Jonathan Sarfati FM, he ran the old Wellington club until his departure to Wanganui. Without his leadership the club declined but would later assimilate with Civic Chess Club and thereby continue its historic name. Ted was a Life Member of the Wellington Chess Club. Nationally, he was also a Life Member of the New Zealand Chess Federation. At different times he provided service in all the major roles – President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Editor of the New Zealand Chess Magazine. He introduced ratings to New Zealand chess, and established the Chess Friends Trust for junior chess which he oversaw to its target of $20,000. A history of Ted’s service to the chess friends trust is outlined in the following link http://www.poisonpawn.co.nz/chessfriends/history.html
Ted’s involvement with junior chess was likely also a factor in the bequest by Wellington Club Life member David Steele of a similar amount for the development of chess.

In 1997 Ted was asked to write his biography for NZ Chess Magazine. This was published in four parts under the title “Seven Decades of Chess in New Zealand”. The first two parts featured in New Zealand Chess Vol. 34 no. 2 April 2007 pp 14-17 and included nine of his most memorable games. The second two parts were published in Volume 34 no. 4 August 2007 pp13-16 and feature a further five games. There are games against players who at different times have been among the top echelon of New Zealand Chess: Sarapu, Lynch, Severne, Feneredis, a young Chandler and Sarfati. Even those games Ted did not win, he showed he was a gritty adversary.

Every chess player in New Zealand is indebted to Ted. For those of us privileged to have known him personally he was both a strong personality and a very caring one. We mourn the loss of one of the greatest servants to New Zealand chess, and a friend.

Ross Jackson
President Wellington Chess Club

Capablanca-Fan
19-07-2010, 10:53 PM
That's a sad loss. Ted Frost reached a very high level of playing strength considering that he learned to play when he was about 40, tying for the Wellington Championship one year in the 1960s. A journalist by profession, he was once the editor of Wellington's morning paper The Dominion, and also had a stint editing the New Zealand Chess magazine in the 1960s then also in the 1990s.

Adamski
20-07-2010, 12:13 AM
That's a sad loss. Ted Frost reached a very high level of playing strength considering that he learned to play when he was about 40, tying for the Wellington Championship one year in the 1960s. A journalist by profession, he was once the editor of Wellington's morning paper The Dominion, and also had a stint editing the New Zealand Chess magazine in the 1960s then also in the 1990s.

I too am sorry to hear this sad news. I knew Ted well, also playing at Wellington CC, and he was a thoroughly nice guy. RIP, Ted.

Qbert
20-07-2010, 05:40 AM
A very sad loss - Ted was great friend to NZ chess.

Although I only met him in person a handful of times (when playing North Island championships in the 90s), Ted was unfailingly friendly and encouraging to a poor student who often needed a ride between the host town and Wellington. I also corresponded with him over articles for NZ Chess when he was editor and played a number of NZCCA games with him - including 2 that were suspended when he went into hospital for the last time. RIP Ted.

flukey
21-07-2010, 09:34 PM
My condolences to the family. Ted was a great guy. Always willing to help people in the chess fraternity. And could still play a mean game in his latter years.

Walden
22-07-2010, 06:48 PM
Here is a copy of teds games in the last NZ champs he played last year.

White: Ted Frost Black:Brian Millar


1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Nf3 h6 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.Rc1 c6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 Nd7 11.O-O Be7 12.Re1 Nf6 13.Qb3 Rb8 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Bg4 16.Ned2 Bd6 17.h3 Be6 18.Rxe6 fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Kh8 20.Nh4 g5 21.Ng6+ Kg7 22.Nxf8 Qxf8 23.Nf3 Re8 24.Qf5 Qf7 25.Ne5 Bxe5 26.dxe5 Ng8 27.Qe4 Re7 28.Rd1 Qf4 29.Qg6+ Kf8 30.Bc4 1-0

White: Ted Frost Black: Prince Vetharaniam

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qb3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.Bg5 Bb7 8.cxd5 exd5 9.e3 h6 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Bb5+ c6 12.Bd3 Nd7 13.O-O O-O 14.e4 Qg6 15.Qc2 Qg4 16.exd5 Nf6 17.Ne5 Qc8 18.dxc6 Bxc6 19.Rae1 Qb7 20.f3 Rac8 21.Qb3 Rfd8 22.Rf2 Be8 23.Rfe2 Qc7 24.Ng6 Nd5 25.Qxd5 1-0

Tony Dowden
22-07-2010, 09:02 PM
Ted Frost was of the old school - a genuine servant to chess in NZ. My condolences to his son Tim and family. RIP.

Capablanca-Fan
23-07-2010, 02:52 AM
From Walden above, put into game viewer.

White: Ted Frost Black:Brian Millar

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Nf3 h6 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.Rc1 c6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 Nd7 11.O-O Be7 12.Re1 Nf6 13.Qb3 Rb8 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Bg4 16.Ned2 Bd6 17.h3 Be6 18.Rxe6 fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Kh8 20.Nh4 g5 21.Ng6+ Kg7 22.Nxf8 Qxf8 23.Nf3 Re8 24.Qf5 Qf7 25.Ne5 Bxe5 26.dxe5 Ng8 27.Qe4 Re7 28.Rd1 Qf4 29.Qg6+ Kf8 30.Bc4 1-0

White: Ted Frost Black: Prince Vetharaniam

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qb3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.Bg5 Bb7 8.cxd5 exd5 9.e3 h6 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Bb5+ c6 12.Bd3 Nd7 13.O-O O-O 14.e4 Qg6 15.Qc2 Qg4 16.exd5 Nf6 17.Ne5 Qc8 18.dxc6 Bxc6 19.Rae1 Qb7 20.f3 Rac8 21.Qb3 Rfd8 22.Rf2 Be8 23.Rfe2 Qc7 24.Ng6 Nd5 25.Qxd5 1-0

Walden
23-07-2010, 02:38 PM
Thanks Jono