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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

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Chess Results, 1953


Grammar School
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Glamorgan team

To conclude a good season in which the team won 9 out of 14 matches (points for 142, against 76), the captain and vice-captain—P.M.R. Timothy and M.G. Jones—were both chosen to represent Glamorgan in the British counties chess final against Middlesex, Warwickshire and Lancashire, at Birmingham.

—J. Bowen (sec.)


The captain Philip Timothy, (ABGS 1946–53), came from Trecynon and from school went on to U.C. Swansea. Philip passed away in 2019 in South Yorkshire.

The vice captain, Michael George Jones, (ABGS 1945–53), was one of the three sons of the builders’ merchant Maldwyn E. Jones and his wife Margaret, née George, of Penrhiw, Graig Place. Michael went on to be a medical student at Cardiff but did not complete the course. Eventually he became postmaster at Ferndale. He was a one-time contestant in a BBC Brain of Britain competition, as well as being a very good chess player. A younger brother, Gareth George Jones, (ABGS 1945–53), became M.D. of the family business, Stephens & George - printers. The youngest brother was Richard George Jones, LL.B., (ABGS 1954–62), who was a solicitor. Richard was also a very good chess player and was involved in the Student Representative Council whilst at UCW Aberystwyth. Richard lived in the family home, Penrhiw.
Michael G. Jones, 1935–2012; Gareth George Jones, 1937–2004; Richard George Jones, 1943–2016.

The secretary John Bowen, (ABGS 1947–54), was the son of the deputy headmaster, J.T. Bowen. John became a top lawyer in south Wales. He was chairman of Cardiff’s Morgan Cole Solicitors, and in 2004 received a Lifetime Achievement award at a ceremony, held in association with Cardiff Law School and staged at Cardiff’s City Hall.