Gerald Bonner

01 May 1941, Glasgow.

Associated with St Mungo's Academy, Glasgow, and Glasgow Chess Club.

Gerald Bonner at the 1974 Olympiad at Nice, France (BCM 1974, p. 275)

Scottish Boys' Champion 1957, 1958 (shared).

Glorney Cup Member of the 1957 team.

Scottish Champion 1967, 1970, 1972.

West of Scotland Champion Champion on seven occasions: 1967, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981.

Glasgow Chess Club Champion 1967, 1968, 1974, 1977 (shared), 1981, 1982, 1986 (shared).

Olympiads Member of the Scottish team 1964, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1980.

British Championship Competed in years 1966-1969, 1971, 1975, 1978.

Simultaneous Displays
Scottish Chess number 66, December 1981, showed details of Gerald's simultaneous displays to date.

'Gerald has now given 108 displays, the first on 19 September 1962 (v Knightswood CC - Played 17, Won 12, Drew 5). His overall figures are: Played 2,262, Won 1,953, Drawn 219, Lost 90, an average of 91.18%. (Spot the Maths teacher.) His largest display was against Turnbull High School, Bishopbriggs, and his smallest (on 2nd March 1968) a 3-board clock simul (1 v PM Giulian, ½ v RM McKay, 0 v CJA Jones - seven months before Roddy's first appearance as a full internationalist at the Lugano Olympiad). In one display (v Dunfermline HS, June 1968) he took Black on all 24 boards (W 19, D4, L1) and says it makes it a whole lot harder!'

Gerald Bonner was active in all areas of chess organisation and promotion with the Glasgow Chess League, and he was the organiser/chief arbiter of the Glasgow Schools' League Easter Congress for many years.

He was also involved in organisation at the national level; he was the most successful Glorney Cup Team Manager, being in charge from 1963-65, Scotland winning for the only time in that latter year. He resigned from the position the following year because of a decision made by the SCA Council.

In 1965 Mr Bonner began editing a chess column in the Evening Citizen, specialising in schools' chess news. Later, he would have a small chess 'corner' in the Evening Times.

In 1972 he was appointed Press Relations Officer for the Scottish Chess Association.

Bonner was also a tournament arbiter as well as a chess instructor. When he was a teacher of mathematics at Bellarmine Secondary School in Glasgow, Bonner nurtured the talents of a number of girls including R. McWaters, Kathleen Patterson and Mary McGinn, all of whom had successful results in their chess careers.


Alan McGowan