RIP Tony Lewis (1933-2012)
Written by Michael McDowell
Robert Tony Lewis passed away on 31st October 2012. Born in Lancashire on
5th February 1933, he was introduced to problems at the age of 12 by
Edward Boswell, who gave a talk on the subject to the Morecambe Grammar
School Chess Club. His earliest problems appeared in Chess in the late
1940s and he was a prizewinner in the first McWilliam tourney for
composers aged under 21. Tony became fascinated by two-move block
problems, an area in which his skill earned him the affectionate nickname
“Mutateman”, though his formidable constructional ability also saw
expression in other types. An excellent solver, Tony won the solving
championship of The Problemist many times in the 1960s, 70s and 80s in
partnership with Sally Lewis, solving as “T.Sal”, and also represented
Great Britain in the World Chess Solving Championship of 1983 at Bat Yam.
Tony was a stalwart of the BCPS for many years, serving as President from
1997 to 1999. He became Society Treasurer in 1995, a post he only
relinquished in April this year, and his careful management is
responsible for the sound financial position the BCPS finds itself in
today. In the early 2000s he and Sally organised three consecutive BCPS
weekends in Cheltenham, and both regularly assisted at the British Solving
Our commiserations go to Sally and the Lewis family.
For examples of Tony’s work see The Problemist Supplement for November 2011.
Tony at the 2002 BCPS meeting in Cheltenham.
Photo: Franziska Iseli
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 16:20