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Frank Parr
F Parr 
Number of games in database: 251
Years covered: 1933 to 2000
Last FIDE rating: 2099
Overall record: +76 -97 =78 (45.8%)*
   * 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.

Parr won Hastings (1939/40). 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: 2021-04-25 14:20:32

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 251  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. S Davey vs F Parr  ½-½541936British ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. F Parr vs R Cross  ½-½551936British ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. F Parr vs Reginald Charles Noel-Johnson  1-0331936British ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. B H Wood vs F Parr  1-0541936British ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. W Winter vs F Parr  1-0261936British ChampionshipE72 King's Indian
9. F Parr vs H Saunders  0-1351936British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
10. F Parr vs A Lenton  1-0361936British ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Ritson-Morry vs F Parr  1-0291936British ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. G A Thomas vs F Parr  0-1431936British ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. F Parr vs C G Butcher  1-0391936British ChampionshipE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. H Israel vs F Parr  0-1421936British ChampionshipB72 Sicilian, Dragon
15. W Schelfhout vs F Parr  1-0431937MinimatchA09 Reti Opening
16. F Parr vs A Lenton  1-0311937British ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
17. H G Rhodes vs F Parr  0-1501937British ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. F Parr vs Ritson-Morry  ½-½401937British ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. H E Atkins vs F Parr  1-0291937British ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. F Parr vs Golombek  ½-½321937British ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. G A Thomas vs F Parr  1-0621937British ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
22. J M Craddock vs F Parr  0-1351937British ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. F Parr vs W Fairhurst  ½-½411937British ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. R P Michell vs F Parr  ½-½331937British ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. F Parr vs T H Tylor  ½-½231937British ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
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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

Dec-17-07  BishopofBlunder: I loved him on "The Tonight Show".
Dec-17-07  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.

Dec-17-08  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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  John Saunders: The obituary linked to above can now be found here:
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  Dionysius1: <WizPip>. That's wonderful that you were able to find the photo and enhance it. Thank you so much for taking the trouble and letting us all see the tapestry!
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  FSR: According to Chessmetrics, Frank Parr was the No. 233 player in the world in November 1946 and January 1947. His highest rating by their reckoning was 2463 in September 1955 (at which time he was No. 250 in the world).

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