(abt 1910 - 1973)

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From an obituary in the Durban Chess Club Bulletin of July 1973: "We were sad to notice a recent press announcement that F.B. van Asperen had died in Port Elizabeth on the 30th June. He was the Club Champion in 1952 and President from December 1954 to March 1955. Van Asperen was a Hollander who settled in Durban after the war living here for about ten years before moving to Port Elizabeth."

Unfortunately I have been unable to locate a cross-table for the 1952 event. John Blackburn joined the club in 1952, but his collection of annual reports only starts from 1953. The 1954 SA Chess Federation Yearbook gives the results as F.B.van Asperen 8/10, M.C.Mackessack 7½, M.Kolnik and J.G.Gorodi 7 pts. Van Asperen did not defend his title in 1953 (Kolnik won) and finished =5th in 1954 and 4th in 1955, before leaving Durban.


I found this win by van Asperen in the games column of "The South African Chessplayer" for the 1954 year. Van Asperen won the First Swiss with 11½ out of 13 and his opponent, Ray Hill, was a regular in the Durban championship, finishing second in 1954 to Moss Kolnik. However, he is completely outplayed in this game:

[Event "First Swiss"] [Site "Durban"] [Date "1954.??.??"] [Round "9"] [White "Van Asperen, Fred B"] [Black "Hill, Ray W"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "?"] [BlackElo "?"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Nf3 Nc6 ({more accurate is} 4...Bc5 $1 5.e3 Nc6 {which shuts in the dark Bishop}) 5.Bf4 Bb4+ 6.Nbd2 Qe7 7.e3 Ngxe5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 Bxd2 {this should wait until a3 is played} 11.Qxd2 d6 12.Rac1 f5 $2 (12...Bf5) 13.c5 $1 Rd8 (13...dxc5 14.Qd5+ Nf7 15.Qxc5 $16) 14.Qc3 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.Qb4 Nxf4 17.Qxf4 Qe5 18.Bc4+ Kf8 $2 (18...Kh8) 19.Qh4 Re8 20.Qxh7 d5 21.Bb5 Rd8 22.Qh8+ Ke7 23.Qh4+ Qf6 24.Rc7+ Ke6 25.Qxf6+ Kxf6 26.Rfc1 a6 27.Ba4 b5 28.R1c6+ Kg5 $2 (28...Be6) 29.Rxg7+ Kh5 30.Bd1+ 1-0

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