Jan Sendall ( 1933 – 2012 )
Dyfed chess players have been left deeply shocked and traumatised with the tragic news that Jan Sendall was killed in a road traffic accident on Monday evening, 10th December. He had been due to play in a match between the Cardigan and Haverfordwest ‘B’ teams and was travelling from his home in Solva to Fishguard to pick up other members of his team before going on to Cardigan for the match. But he never arrived in Fishguard after his car was in collision with another vehicle a few miles north of St. David’s on the A487 road.
He was for many years a leading member of the now dissolved Fishguard Chess Club. But when the Fishguard club folded in 2006, the D.C.A. got together to re-establish a club in Haverfordwest and when that club re-started in 2007, Jan became one of its founder members. If he was not one of the strongest players in our League, he was certainly one of the most active and enthusiastic, as seen by the 20 games he played since the start of the season. The sad irony is that this year was one of his most successful and his grade had shot up by 72 points to 1421 since 1st July. During this time he represented the Dyfed U-1800 team in the Welsh Inter-League Championship in Builth Wells in October, where he won against a player from North Wales. He never failed to play in the Dyfed Open Congress in Fishguard every February and also in the Dyfed Closed Congress in Tanygroes every autumn.
But most of all, Jan was always available to play for his Club whenever called upon. More important still, he would always make his car available to take other players to away matches. In a large, rural area like Dyfed, it is often difficult to find players willing or able to take their cars to other distant venues. In this respect, he will be sadly missed by his Club and by everyone else associated with Dyfed chess. May he rest in peace.
There is also a tribute to Jan on the Haverfordwest Chess Club blog by their club president.