Maurice W. Johnson

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Maurice W. Johnson is a retired English International Correspondence Chess Grandmaster. Maurice played chess from an early age, going on to compete in over-the-board tournaments in Southampton, England during the 1960s, becoming club champion in 1969.[1]

By the 1980s, Johnson had moved into Correspondence Chess playing domestic and international tournaments, winning the British Correspondence Chess Association championship title as an outright winner for 3 consecutive years in 1989, 1990, and 1991,[2] remaining the only player to do so since it started in 1906. This achievement saw him awarded the BCCA Millards Silver King Trophy but Johnson donated the trophy back to the British Correspondence Chess Association some time later, where it has since remained in storage.[3]

Maurice W. Johnson achieved the IM norm (International Master) in 1994 and the GM norm (Grandmaster) in 1995,[4] whilst playing the SSKK-Bulletinen 40 Years tournament[5] and went on to play in the World Championship 3/4 Final in 1999,[6] achieving a personal ICCF rating of 2618 in 1998.[7]

During 1997 Johnson wrote the article "How I became a CC grandmaster" for the inaugural issue of the Correspondence Chess magazine Chess Mail.[8]


  1. ^ "Southampton Club Champions 1921 - 2011". Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "BCCA Brief History". Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "BCCA Silver Trophies". Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "ICCF Player Details: Johnson, Maurice W.". Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "ICCF Results". Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "ICCF Player Details, Events: Johnson, Maurice W.". Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "ICCF Player Details, Ratings: Johnson, Maurice W.". Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  8. ^ John Knudsen (1997). "Review of Chess Mail Magazine". Retrieved 10 March 2013. 

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