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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Golombek's Bench

Golombek's Memorial Bench
       Sir Harry Golombek (March 1, 1911 – January 7, 1995) was British chess champion in 1947, 1949 and 1955, an honorary GM (1985), the chess correspondent for The Times between 1945 and 1989, and editor of the British Chess Magazine from 1938 to 1940 and also the overseas editor of the BCM in the 1960s and 70s. In 1966 he was awarded the OBE for services to chess. During the Second World War Golombek, originally a bombardier, later worked at Bletchley Park, in Hut 8, the section responsible for cracking the Enigma code.
     In St. Giles Churchyard, Chalfont S.t Giles, Bucks, UK, by the entrance to the church, there is a bench with the dedication "Harry Golombek, O.B.E. Code Breaker, Chess Correspondent, Writer" with his birth and death dates. 
St. Giles Church

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