Simon Bartlett, one of the most regular figures on the schess scene in Devon & Cornwall, passed away on Wednesday evening, after a short but brave fight against an aggressive form of cancer.
His great friend over the years, Ivor Annetts, broke the news yesterday morning, as follows:-
It saddens me greatly to have to inform you that my dear friend, Simon Bartlett, passed away last evening. His partner, Margaret, telephoned me with the news this morning.
As you probably know, in August last year he was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour and was given between three and sixth months to live; he managed four and a bit.
Simon was a self-confessed chess obsessive. You will have come to know him because of that. He would have been 63 in just over two weeks time.
I will inform you of the funeral arrangements as soon as they are made known to me. In due course I will attempt an obituary for Chess Devon and Keverel Chess.
The words of Brian Hewson come to mind as I write. Brian’s reaction to the news of Simon’s diagnosis was: “This is terrible news. He is such a great bloke!.”
Simon was noted for his exotic shirts, which brightened up many a photograph that I took at various events. Here are a couple that jump off the page.