Jim Appleton died on 21st November 2018.
Jim had been a member of the club since 2000, although ill-health had prevented him coming to the club much for the last year.
Jim started playing chess in lunch breaks at Klingers, a local factory, and in retirement joined the local chess club at Swanley near his home, where he was an active organizer. When there ceased to be a chess club in Swanley he came to the club in Sidcup, attracted by the good range of playing strength. In his first full season he ran our sixth team and then ran the seventh team for the three subsequent seasons. Jim was very enthusiastic about chess. Sadly he had a variety of health problems, but he made the effort to come to the club, gamely struggling with the stairs from week to week.
We shall miss him.