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Frank Parr
F Parr 
Number of games in database: 106
Years covered: 1933 to 1979
Last FIDE rating: 2099
Overall record: +40 -41 =25 (49.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-17-1918, died Dec-28-2003, 85 years old) United Kingdom

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Frank Parr was born in Wandsworth, London. He was a strong and experienced player of both over-the-board and correspondence chess, and enjoyed one of the longest chess-playing careers on record.

He was British Correspondence Champion in 1948 (joint), 1949 (joint), 1950 and 1956.

He won a notable game, F Parr vs G Wheatcroft, 1938, in the City of London C.C. Championship, that has since been published in many magazines and anthologies. He had a key position from this game made into an elegant tapestry which he hung on the wall in his living room at home. His son David Parr was also a good player.

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Last updated: 2018-07-15 18:53:11

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Parr vs E R Shaw  1-0291933London Boys ChampionshipD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
2. F Parr vs P B Cook  1-0281935London Boys ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. F Parr vs J Dean 1-0331935British Boys ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. W A T Schelfhout vs F Parr  1-0431937MinimatchA09 Reti Opening
5. F Parr vs A Lenton  1-0311937BCF-chD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. H G Rhodes vs F Parr  0-1501937BCF-chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. F Parr vs G Wheatcroft 1-0301938City Of London CC ChampionshipD71 Neo-Grunfeld
8. Alekhine vs F Parr 1-0581938Simul, 21bB54 Sicilian
9. E Mulder vs F Parr  0-1231939ENG-NEDE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. F Parr vs A J Mackenzie  1-0331939Hastings 1939/40D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
11. F Parr vs H G Schenk  1-0311940Hastings 1939/40D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. G Abrahams vs F Parr  0-1371946BCF-chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. F Parr vs R Broadbent 1-0311946BCF-chD00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. R F Combe vs F Parr  0-1381946BCF-chE72 King's Indian
15. F Parr vs C H Alexander  0-1511946BCF-chD00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A R B Thomas vs F Parr  1-0221946BCF-chB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
17. W Winter vs F Parr  1-0371946BCF-chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. F Parr vs Wade 0-1311946BCF-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. B H Wood vs F Parr  1-0521946BCF-chA03 Bird's Opening
20. F Parr vs Milner-Barry  0-1581946BCF-chD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. G Wood vs F Parr  1-0401946BCF-chE91 King's Indian
22. F Parr vs Golombek ½-½191946BCF-chE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. D Riley vs F Parr 0-1201949British ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
24. B H Wood vs F Parr 0-1211950British CC Ch -51E29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
25. Wade vs F Parr 0-137195542nd British ChampionshipA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
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  Benzol: From a recent article from Len Barden's Guardian Weekly Column.

"Frank Parr, who won the Hastings Premier in 1939-40 and was one of the last links with pre-1939 British chess, has died aged 85. He was a feared attacker".

Dec-17-06  BIDMONFA: Frank Parr

PARR, Frank

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  BishopofBlunder: I loved him on "The Tonight Show".
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  brankat: While looking at his photograph I could not help thinking: What happened there?! So young, such a potential! And yet, as Sir Walter Reilgh spelling?) would say: "Even such is time ....."

Either way, Happy Birthday Mr.Parr!

Dec-17-08  walker: Happy 90th Birthdy, Mr. Parr!

Is there a picture of that tapestry? Who was rhe weaver? Hope someone here knows.

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  brankat: Happy Birthday Master Parr!
Dec-17-08  walker: Still...anyone about the tapestry?
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  GrahamClayton: Frank's son Peter Parr has owned the Chess Discount Sales shop in Sydney, Australia for over 20 years.
May-05-09  Dredge Rivers: His game was below Parr!
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  GrahamClayton: Obituary:
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  fm avari viraf: During my frequent participation in the International Hastings Chess Congress Chess Tournaments at Hastings, England, I often met him & also witnessed his games. He was a thorough gentleman & a Wonderful person. May God Bless His Soul Peace in Heaven, Eternally.
Dec-17-10  ozmikey: I met him only once, at the 1996 Hastings (introducing myself on the basis that I knew his son in Australia very well, which was true!). There was a great warmth and generosity about him which was immediately apparent.

<GrahamClayton> I spoke to Peter a few weeks ago, he's finally selling up at Chess Discount Sales. The end of an era!

May-31-13  The Last Straw: Does anyone know his highest rating by any chance?
May-31-13  Nosnibor: According to the first National Grading list in 1953 he was a 3A player .By 1957 he had risen to a 2B Grade.Equivalent to a rating in the U.K.between 217 and 224.This put him in the top 23 players at that time.The equivalent elo grade would have been approximately 2344.I boarded at the same house with him in 1969 whilst playing at the in Rhyl Wales.A very pleasant gentleman.
Oct-28-15  WizPip: I'll check to see if I can find any info on this tapestry, but I don't remember seeing it.
Mar-05-17  WizPip: Whilst going through my grandfather's photo collection I came across a 1975 photo of the tapestry! It was faded and blurry, so I've done my best to enhance it:
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  MissScarlett: Do you know where in Wandsworth he was born? Feel free to go to street level - I know Wandsworth very well.
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