‘I en­joy play­ing chess blind­fold’

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

AN­TO­NIO Aguirre came to work in the Hud­der­s­field and Calderdale area in 2004 after work­ing at the highly re­garded King Khaled Hospi­tal in Riy­dah, Sau­dia Ara­bia, be­tween Novem­ber 2002 and Fe­bru­ary, 2004.

He said: “I am go­ing to do more vol­un­tary work in the third world.” He has spent time in In­dia work­ing on the Slum Doc­tor project where he gained im­mense sat­is­fac­tion from help­ing chil­dren blinded by cataracts see again and, more re­cently, Ghana.

And when he does re­tire he will have more time to en­joy a spe­cial skill – play­ing blind­fold chess.

A long-stand­ing mem­ber of Hud­der­s­field Chess Club, where he is af­fec­tion­ately known as ‘Span­ish Tony’, he first started play­ing with­out a board and pieces when he was 14 and by his own ad­mis­sion could only make two or three moves. He tried again when he was 17 and this time suc­ceeded.

He says he prefers it to ‘see­ing’ chess, say­ing he finds it more chal­leng­ing and more mys­te­ri­ous. He or­gan­ised a blind­fold tour­na­ment when he was work­ing in the States which he won so he was of­fi­cially the Blind­fold Chess Cham­pion of Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, in 1992.

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