(dates uncertain)

Guy Miller, standing 2nd from right, Ladysmith 1956 (photo courtesy Mrs Churton)
From left: Brookes, Earp, Levy, Van Voorst, Boulle, Miller, Claudius; Front: Wallis, Churton

Guy Miller was a young farmer from Newcastle who in 1956 won the Reserve section of the Durban championship, and then won the Durban championship in 1957, going undefeated in both events. He was then in his mid-twenties, so born about 1930 and I believe that he died in 1993, however, these dates are unconfirmed.

He only played twice in the Championship section. In 1957 Miller finished with the very fine score of 10 out of 11, ahead of Mackessack and Kolnik. He came joint 2nd on defending his title in 1958, scoring 6 out of 10, which was 3 points behind the redoubtable Kolnik!

In June 1959 Miller was invited to the South African championships and was the surprise leader after the first week, on 5 out of 7. He then lost to Moss Kolnik in round 8 and slumped to 7 out of 13 in the end. I am told that he was hospitalised for a while, after his mental collapse in this event. Miller took a lengthy break from the game.

In 1965 The South African Chessplayer reported that Miller won the OFS Open held in Sasolburg at the end of 1964 and that he also won the 1965 OFS Open, held in October in Bloemfontein. In July 1966 he took part in the SA Open held in Durban, scoring 6 points from his 11 games. Shortly thereafter he disappeared once again from the pages of my magazines. According to the Pietermaritzburg archives, he was under curatorship from 1971 to 1993, although the reason for curatorship is unknown to me.


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