‘I enjoy playing chess blindfold’
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.