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William A Fairhurst CBE

Fairhurst was pre-eminent in two fields - civil engineering where he and his company were renowned for building bridges to his design, including the Tay Road Bridge, and chess, where he was 11 times Scottish champion and competed successfully in UK and international events from the late 1920s to the late 1950s, winning the British championship in 1937 and gaining the International Master title in 1951.

He played top board for Scotland at six Olympiads as well as playing for New Zealand as late as 1974. He was also president of the Scottish Chess Association from 1956 to 1969. His games included wins against Larsen, Bogolyubov, and Colle, with draws against Euwe, Flohr and Boleslavsky.