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The following obituary published by the ECF sums up her life and achievements.
Margaret Eileen Elizabeth Clarke (born 29th October 1937, died 15th September 2018. She was the only daughter of Barry Wood OBE, proprietor and editor of Chess Magazine, organiser of the two week Chess Festival which ran for many years and one-time BCF FIDE Delegate. Peggy had three brothers who were, and in some cases still are, quite serious players. At least once, they played as a 6 player team in the National Club Championship.
In 1962, as Peggy Wood, she married the British Master, FM Peter H Clarke. With Hampshire’s Gillian Moore, she tied for first place in the British Ladies in 1966, but circumstances prevented a playoff ever taking place.
She became an International Correspondence Lady Master. Peggy came 12th in the 1984-92 Ladies World Correspondence Championship. Her FIDE rating was 2060, but this is misleading as she was not internationally active this century. She was a Woman Candidate Master.
She was a finalist in ‘Brain of Britain’ and leaves three girls. She and Peter made their home in the West of England. Peter and Peggy founded Hexagon Equipment Ltd. But they did not restrict themselves to this, also selling books and running chess tournaments.
There is an amazing coincidence in her chess career — Peggy, Margaret E E Wood, after being a schoolgirl in the Midlands, went to Oxford University. Margaret E Wood, daughter of Frank Wood lived in Oxford, but went to London University. They were of a very similar age and playing strength. Imagine the problems of the graders in the 1950s and 1960s! Of course, Peggy solved the problem by marrying Peter Clarke, long-time England number 2. Margaret E married the English number 1, Jonathan Penrose.
Peggy was a delight to be around, as incidentally was Margaret. She also did some chess arbiting work at her father’s festival. Peggy was also the organiser of at least one British Championship.
CCE norm achieved by: Perrin, Richard David; Kołodziejski, Marcin; Smith, Mark J.
CCM norm achieved by: Copsey, Antony
This is a server event.
The start date was 5/31/2020.
There is no end date.
ICCF standard time control 10 moves in 50 days with duplication after 20 days is used.
If a player exceeds allowed thinking time in any way, the player will automatically be scored with a loss. Under some circumstances all of the player’s games will subsequently be cancelled (if not already rated).
45 days of leave per year are available to each player.
There is no special leave in this event.
Linear conditionals can be entered.
This tournament allows claims based on the seven piece tablebase.
Draw offers are restricted to one offer per player every 10 moves (called the ten moves draw rule).
Ties are broken by the Baumbach tie breaking rule (see ICCF rule 220.127.116.11).
If needed, adjudicators will be selected by the server.
Other participants can see the games live after 0 games are finished in the event. Live transmission is delayed by 5 moves.
The public can see the games live after 0 games are finished in the event. Live transmission is delayed by 5 moves.
This event is organized by Beckett, Phillip J..