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A Message from our Captain!

Andrew is the Godfather of Portishead Chess. He does not boast or brag, so let us take a while to hear about him!


'It was recently suggested by Jane Norton and endorsed by Iain Bourne 


that I should be the Club Captain.  I was happy to say yes because I 


have got to know many of you a little and because I know what an 


exciting and  thriving club it  has become, with a vibrant junior 


section, and where it is a great pleasure to be a member. I have been 


captain of several chess clubs since I started playing in the Bristol 


League in the late 1960s and can say that I have never experienced  such 


a  go-ahead and fizzy club like Portishead.  So thank you all for making 


this possible but particularly Jane, Zak and Iain for their enthusiasm 


and efforts.



By now most of you will know a little about me but I wanted to add a 


little personal detail.  My parents settled in Britain in 1946 after 


serving in the Polish and British armies in WW2.  I was introduced to 


chess by my father when I was about 9 and was soon playing in junior 


tournaments.  I reached my highest level in the early 1980s when I won 


the Somerset County Championship and became County Captain. That was 


over 40 years ago but  I would like to think that I am still able to 




play at a reasonably high level.  As you may have noticed, I enjoy 


coaching both on an individual and group basis.  Some 20 years ago I 


coached the Highdown Primary School team when they played  -  quite 


successfully  -  in the English Primary Schools champoinships.



I spent over 40 years teaching Law at Bristol University and wrote two 


undergraduate textbooks, one on Roman Law, the other on Succession 


(wills etc).  I retired as Reader in Law in 2007.  My wife, Margaret, 


and I have lived in Portished since 1976. Margaret does not play chess 


but is very supportive in my engagement with the club and continues to 


be bowled over when she hears about the latest initiative by Jane!



In case I do not see you before we have a festive break, I would like to 


send season's greetings to everyone and remind you to keep playing and 


studying the game.  😂😉



Andrew Borkowski

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