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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 London Chess Club 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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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F Parr vs E R Shaw  1-029 1933 London Boys ChampionshipD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
2. F Parr vs J Dean 1-033 1935 British Boys ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. F Parr vs P B Cook  1-028 1935 London Boys ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. W Schelfhout vs F Parr  1-043 1937 MinimatchA09 Reti Opening
5. F Parr vs A Lenton  1-031 1937 BCF-chD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. H G Rhodes vs F Parr  0-150 1937 BCF-chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. F Parr vs G Wheatcroft 1-030 1938 City Of London ChampionshipD71 Neo-Grunfeld
8. Alekhine vs F Parr 1-058 1938 Simul, 21bB54 Sicilian
9. E Mulder vs F Parr  0-123 1939 ENG-NED mE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. F Parr vs A J Mackenzie  1-033 1939 Hastings 1939/40D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
11. F Parr vs H G Schenk  1-031 1940 Hastings 1939/40D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. F Parr vs R Broadbent 1-031 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamD00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. F Parr vs Wade 0-131 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. G Abrahams vs F Parr  0-137 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. W Winter vs F Parr  1-037 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. F Parr vs Golombek ½-½19 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
17. A Thomas vs F Parr  1-022 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
18. G Wood vs F Parr  1-040 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamE91 King's Indian
19. F Parr vs C H Alexander  0-151 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. F Parr vs Milner-Barry  0-158 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. R F Combe vs F Parr  0-138 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamE72 King's Indian
22. B H Wood vs F Parr  1-052 1946 BCF-ch NottinghamA03 Bird's Opening
23. D Riley vs F Parr 0-120 1949 British ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
24. B H Wood vs F Parr 0-121 1950 British CC Ch -51E29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
25. Wade vs F Parr 0-137 1955 BCF-ch 42ndA85 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?
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  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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