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July 22, 2013

Sir Stuart Milner-Barry and Hugh Alexander were both colleagues at Bletchley Park during the war, and lifetime friends. Harry Golombek first met Hugh Alexander at a university match in 1931. Though the two were contemporary rivals, they soon became firm friends, and remained so for the rest of Alexander's life. Hugh Alexander (1909-74) was Britain's strongest chess player for nearly two decades. This book pays tribute to a fine player who showed how a gifted amateur could survive and even succeed in a game increasingly dominated by professionals. No. 187 of a Special Tournament Edition of 200, signed by 16 of the players in the Alexander Memoral Tournament, Teeside, September 1975.