As the dust settles on the London Open for another year, and the TDs put their feet up for a well earned break, we thought it would be good to take a look at the event from the other side – the players, without whom there wouldn’t be an event at all.
Archives for September 2016
Colin Owen writes:
Willy Stanton was half Irish and half German, and a retired railway worker. He was also the much loved senior member of a long established and gradually evolving group of at least 6-8 core players, who met up nearly every week at changing venues over the years, mostly in London but also Luton. I first joined that group 20 years ago, which is when I met him. It might be a tournament or a chouette, or both. In chouette, when a prospective play was changed to his liking, he would often declare cheerfully: “Much more better!” It’s a saying I will always associate with him.