The Hobell Library

History of the Hobell Collection

Richard Hobell was a strong and active player for the club in the nineties who died a tragically early death in December 2001.  His estate donated Richard’s substantial collection of chess books - 259 items in all - to the club, for which we are grateful.

Thanks goes to David Smith, who catalogued them all, and to Andrew Ponting who maintained the collection until 21/4/2019. It is now in the possession of Martin Newman. Anyone who would like to borrow or buy an item should contact Martin on 020 8460 2729 or by email at

Malcolm Mourant,
19 Nov 2020, 08:46