This obituary is re-published from the Midland Counties Chess Union Newsletter February 1994, author not stated.
Ritson Morry has died, at the age of eighty-three. He died in hospital in Birmingham on 8th January after a brief illness following a fall at home. His involvement in chess stretched back over more than sixty years.
He was very much a Midlands man, and it must have pleased him greatly that Britain’s first modern Grandmaster, Tony Miles, came from Birmingham. One of Tony Miles’ achievements was to win the World Junior Championship in 1974, and again this must have given great pleasure to Ritson, for he had created this competition and managed its first staging, in Birmingham in 1951. One of Ritson’s earlier creations was the establishment of the Birmingham Junior League, in 1930. Seven years later he established the Birmingham Congress and organised it for decades. In 1973 on receipt of a windfall he contributed £5,000 to a trust fund whose aim was to maintain a substantial prize fund for the Birmingham Congress.
A year later, in 1974, his generosity helped to rescue the Hastings Congress, when one of the sponsors had to reduce his contribution at a late stage. Ritson’s involvement with the Hastings Congress dated back to 1931. He become a member of the Hastings Congress Committee in 1974, and for several years was chief controller of the event. He had been a FIDE judge since 1951.
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