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Edward ‘Ted’ Mason was one of Lewisham Chess Club’s greatest servants.  An honorary life president, he was a member prior to the 2nd World War and part of the Lewisham team that won the London League in 1937.  He was heavily involved in the resumption activities in 1945 and served as club secretary for 25 years, before retiring to Yorkshire in 1975.

Ted was also an accomplished player – a regular on the top boards for the Kent County, he won the Kent Individual Championship 5 times – his final triumph coming at the age of 67.  He was a part of 14 of Lewisham’s County Cup victories (a record he continues to hold), and was victorious in our Club Championship on 4 occasions.


Known for his adventurous play, his usual weapon was the Philador.  His ‘Immortal’ appeared in print in Chess Review 1953.

In 1989 the club established a memorial tournament, which takes place annually.

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