6 January 1947 - 10 January 2021
It is very sad to report the death on January 10th of Dave Monaghan, aged 74 and who had been one of the stalwarts of the 3Cs' club since its very early years.
Similar to many of those who work behind the scenes at 3Cs, Dave's connection with the club began when his son Karl started playing chess and then took an interest himself in the game.
Not only did Dave enjoy playing but also gained a great deal of satisfaction in taking a very active part in coaching at the club and was the ideal person in explaining the basics of the game to those who were just starting their own chess career - many of whom eventually went on the achieve great success in later years.
One of his proudest moments at the chess board was when the great Russian Grandmaster David Bronstein visited 3Cs in 1989 for a simultaneous display and Dave achieved a draw against him.
Dave also instigated 3Cs' sponsorship of a young boy's education in Gambia, details of which can be seen on our "Who We Are" page.
Steve Rigby, founder and still main organiser of 3Cs, says it was a honour to know Dave as his friend and that he was always a dignified person who certainly encompassed the 3Cs' ethos of always ensuring the progress of the children came first - and in that respect Dave had always shown a very patient attitude in teaching the game of chess to the many youngsters who had come under his wing at the club.
Top left - Dave coaching some of those new to the game of chess
Top right - Dave organised the annual 3Cs' Christmas party and is shown enjoying the 2018 occasion with club founder Steve Rigby
Bottom left - In action at a 3Cs' club night against Tim Ye while Steve Rigby's dog Woody has made his pet move onto square K9
Bottom right - Dave (third from left) in 1989 after drawing his game against Russian Grandmaster David Bronstein (third from right)
Although Covid regulations restricted the numbers able to attend Dave's funeral it was good to see 3Cs being well represented at his service.
Should anyone wish to show their respect for Dave for all the years of service he gave to the club then his family have asked for any donations to be made to the Macmillian Cancer Support organisation.