The Australian chess community is in shock over the horror crash on Easter Monday that took the lives of Andrew Saint and Hannibal Swartz and left James Morris and Dimitri Partsi seriously injured in hospital. They were all returning to Melbourne after playing in the Doeberl Cup in Canberra, where Andrew had just won the Major event.
South Australians in particular will be devastated by Andrew’s death, as he was a former President of the SA Chess Association, and one of the nicest and most helpful persons around. Andrew was just 31, and was always a delight, had a lovely sense of humour, a great grin, and was very caring. He was a brilliant, tireless organiser and ran fabulous tournaments like the Lidums Checkmate tournament at Adelaide University and helped greatly with the Australian Open at Mt. Buller. He moved to Melbourne about four years ago, where he naturally became very involved with chess administration.
Andrew’s funeral was held on Monday 15th April at 1:30pm at the Heysen Chapel at Centennial Park cemetary, 760 Goodwood Road, Pasadena.
Our deepest sympathies go to his father, his brother Alex and all those connected to him, and of course to all those close to the other victims of this tragedy.