Frank Kluytmans, former Calgary Chess Club president passed away

By: Stefan (Steve) Sklenka
4/7/2021 8:39:24 PM

It’s with sorrow and sadness I have to report that Frank Kluytmans passed away this past weekend.  Frank was a strong player who was originally from Winnipeg. There he had reached out few times to a column written by Canada's legendary first grandmaster GM Abe Yanofsky in mid 60's solving chess puzzles. In 1965  he won the Winnipeg High School Championship as a 16 year old. In the 70's and 80's Frank was one of the strongest players in Calgary.

Frank was a long time Calgary Chess Club tournament organizer and Director. He was past Calgary Chess Club President and Treasurer as well as past Alberta Chess Association President and Director.  Frank was also a junior chess club instructor with a dedicated involvement with the Calgary Junior Chess Club later renamed Calgary Junior Chess Centre. Frank was voted Calgary Chess Club's Volunteer of the Year for 2017. It was the first time this award had been presented to honour exceptional Calgary Chess Club's volunteers.  

Frank has been instrumental in launching the chess careers of many current Calgary chess club members. He will be always remembered and greatly missed by the Calgary and Alberta chess communities. Our deep condolences go to Frank’s family.


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