Craig Van Tilbury

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Craig Van Tilbury
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Craig Van Tilbury (Crystal River, FL, 2010)
Background information
Born(1957-07-30)July 30, 1957
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DiedAugust 13, 2010(2010-08-13) (aged 53)
Tampa, Florida
GenresBlues, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, chess player
Years active1977–2010
Associated actsSteve Winwood
The Shirelles
Joey Dee and the Starliters
Green Flash
Do It Again
Howlin' Buzz Blues Band
House of Trouble
Freight Train Annie

Craig Van Tilbury (July 30, 1957 – August 13, 2010) was an American guitarist and FIDE Chess Master, known musically for his touring and guest work with artists such as Steve Winwood, Barry Gibb, Joey Dee and the Starliters, The Young Rascals, and The Shirelles. He was a founder of the St. Croix band, Green Flash[1] and had played or substituted in several Tampa Bay area bands. He is best known in the world of chess for having played in 10 Chess Olympiads.[2]


Van Tilbury was born on July 30, 1957 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Jack and Constance Van Tilbury.[3] The family later moved to Arlington, VA near Washington, D.C.. He developed an interest in rock and blues music at an early age and was inspired by guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.[4]

In 1978, Van Tilbury moved to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to establish residency and play chess competitively.[5] He won a gold medal for the best individual score on Board 1 in the 1984 Olympiad in Thessaloniki, Greece. In 1977 he won the Washington, D.C., Open and also the Jamaican Open in 1981.[2] In recent years he played top board for the British Virgin Islands.

Van Tilbury had a daughter Annabelle with long-time girlfriend and singer Annie C Lyon aka Freight Train Annie in 2009.


  1. ^ Kossler, Bill (September 7, 2010). "Founder of St. Croix's Famed Green Flash Passes Away". Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Loeb, Dylan (August 18, 2010). "Craig Van Tilbury, Chess Master and Rock Musician, Is Dead -". Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "Funeral Homes Tampa | Florida Mortuary Obituary for Craig L Van Tilbury". Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  4. ^ Andrew Meacham. "Craig Van Tilbury was a master of two minds, for chess and music – Tampa Bay Times". Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "The chess games of Craig Van Tilbury". Retrieved January 5, 2012.

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