It is with great sadness that Loughton Chess Club learned of the death of its great friend and Life President, Eric Spielmann, on 28 January 2015, at the age of 92.
Eric was born in Austria, the nephew of the great chess player, Rudolf Spielmann. He was forced to leave when the Germans took over his country, going first to Yugoslavia. Somewhere along the way he ended up as a lumberjack in Canada for a while. He later spent most of his engineering career in central Europe, including the former Yugoslavia.
Upon retiring, he moved to Loughton and joined the Roding & Loughton Chess Club, where he became a very active member, winning the club's championship several times. In the last decade or so he stop playing match games but still played friendlies (?) against other members. He developed the habit of saying "Oh dear, the position looks hopeless" just before making the winning move, while whistling "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner" !!!!!!!.
In his later years he spent much of his time in the local library researching via the internet various projects and ideas that he had. His mind was very active and was always asking questions (most of which we did not know the answers to causing us in turn to do research to find the answers).
About the age of eighty, he penned a proof of Fermat's last theorem. It was flawed, but hey he had a go.
He won a Times poetry competition with a piece which lampooned Microsoft and invented an ankle exerciser to prevent deep vein thrombosis during long haul flights.
He was the PRESIDENT of the Loughton chess club for the last few years. The club will miss him.
Eric's funeral will take place at
Forest Park Crematorium,
Essex, IG6 3HP
at midday on Thursday 12 February 2015.
There will be a wake afterwards at the
Metropolitan Police Club Chigwell,
Essex IG7 6BD
Family flowers only.
Donations can be made to Macmillan Cancer Care in memory of Eric.