FM Maxwell Leonard (Max) Fuller (1945-2013) Print
Monday, 02 September 2013 07:30

Max fuller

Tribute by Shaun Press

Max Fuller passed away in Sydney, Australia on the 27th of August 2013. Born in Sydney in 1945, he was Australian Junior Champion in 1963, and represented Australia in the World Junior Championships in 1963. He was a member of Australia's first Olympiad Team in 1964, scoring 6.5/9 on Board 4. He represented Australia in a further 8 Olympiads, scoring 56%. He also captained the Australian team in the 1986 Olympiad.

He was Australian Champion in 1972 (shared with Trevor Hay), and won the Australian Open Championship in 1973,75 and 79. Unusually for an Australian player in the late 1960's he tried his luck on the professional circuit in Europe. While the pay was not that good, he found travel expenses and accommodation as attractive compensation. He finished equal second in the British Championship in 1970 and 1975.

Sometimes known as "the IM that never was", he went close to the title on a number of occasions. In the 1973 Asian Zonal he was tied for one of the qualifying spots for the Interzonal, with the tie being decided by the drawing of lots. He drew the wrong envelope and missed out on the IM title as well. Health problems curtailed his chess career later in life, but he was still strong enough to tie for first in the New South Wales State Championship in 2005. He was hospitalised for the final time on the day of the funeral of his good friend IA Peter Parr, and passed away a week later.

Vale Max Fuller.

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