Andrew Muir and his wife, Clair, left, and Andrew being presented with a prize by BBC Scotland presenter, Mary Marquis MBE.
By Bill Heaney
International Master of Chess Andrew Muir is going to Georgia later this month to captain Scotland in the European Team Championships.
Andrew, an Honours graduate of the University of Glasgow, lives in Dumbarton and is married to Claire. The couple have a daughter, Katherine, who is a pupil at Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School.
An International Master of Chess, Andrew qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1988.
In 1991 though he stepped back from the insurance business and went on to train as a mathematics teacher at St. Andrew’s College, Bearsden.
After a couple of years of supply teaching in secondary schools in Glasgow, he returned to actuarial work in 1994.
In 1999, Andrew married Claire Constable in Chelmsford, and their daughter was born in 2003.
Andrew, who has lived in Dumbarton since 1982, stood as an independent candidate in the 2016 Holyrood election, and has been a high profile campaigner on mental health issues.
He taught himself chess at the age of nine by reading the rules from a family copy of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
He did not own a chess set at the time so used two packs of playing cards to create one – putting the cards face down created the 64 squares, the kings and queens represented themselves and other cards were chosen for the different chess pieces.
Later, when he obtained a set, he played regularly at home with his father William and younger brother Stephen.
He attended John Ogilvie Hall, a preparatory primary school, and while still at this school, played for the senior St. Aloysius team.
He played in several Junior tournaments held at Langside Halls, Glasgow.
These were organised each September and in the under-12 section (unofficial Scottish championships for children who had not reached their 13th birthday) he was first in 1969 when the prizes were presented by BBC television news presenter, Mary Marquis MBE.