The Hobell Collection

Richard Hobell was a strong and active player for the club in the nineties who died a tragically early death in December 2001. His estate donated Richard’s substantial collection of chess books – 259 items in all – to the club, for which we are grateful.

The Briggs collection

Nick Briggs was one of our strongest players until he moved away in 2020. He passed on his collection of chess books to us as a leaving present, for which we are grateful.

The combined “library” is now in the possession of Martin Newman. Anyone who would like to borrow or buy an item should contact Martin on 020 8460 2729 or by email at

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