W.H. (BILL) WILLIAMS
(abt 1890 - 1973)


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Bill Williams joined the club in 1918 and was a member for 55 years, until his death in 1973. He won the championship in 1935, and served the club in numerous capacities, including that of Captain of Play.

Williams was a somewhat controversial participant in the 1937 South African championship held in Cape Town, scoring only point from 11 games played. Durban was allocated two out of the 12 places in the event, and these went to Jack Archer (defending SA champion) and to Williams (as 1935 Durban champion) when 1936 Durban champion Huxley St.John-Brooks declined to compete.

Games

This was the only Williams game I could find:

Archer,Jack - Williams,Bill
Durban championship, 1937
(source: Len Reitstein)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bf5?! 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Qxb6 axb6 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Nxd5 cxd5 9.Bf4 Nc6 10.a3 e6 11.Rc1 Be7 12.e3 0-0 13.Be2 Rfc8 14.0-0 h6 15.Rc3 Na7 16.Rfc1 Rxc3 17.Rxc3 Rc8 18.Rxc8+ Nxc8 19.Bc7 f6 20.Bb5 Bd6 21.Bd7 Bxc7 22.Bxc8 Kf7 23.Bxb7 Bd3 24.Nd2 f5 25.f4 Bd6 26.Nf3 Bb5 27.Kf2 Ke7 28.Bc8 Kf7 29.h3 g6 30.g4 Ke7 31.g5 hxg5?! 32.Nxg5 Bd7 33.Bxd7 Kxd7 34.Nf7 Kc6 35.Nxd6 Kxd6 36.Kg3 Kc6 37.Kh4 Kb5 38.b3 1-0


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