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Webb, Simon

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Simon Webb (1949-2005) was an International Master (1977) and Correspondence Grandmaster (1983).  In 1966 he won the British Under-18 championship.  In 1969 he tied for 1st place (with Richard Eales) in the British Universities’ Championship.  In 1978 he wrote Chess for Tigers.  At one time, he was ranked 7th in the world in correspondence chess.  He worked as a quality manager in Sweden.  He also represented England at bridge, partnering with his younger brother.  He was stabbed at least 20 times and murdered by his 25-year-old son (a convicted drug dealer) in his fifth floor Stockholm apartment.  Simon had just returned from a chess tournament (Swedish Chess League finals) late at night.  After the attack, his son tried to commit suicide by driving a car at high speed into a bus stop.  Simon learned chess at the age of 7.

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