Mr Murray Chandler, of Auckland,MNZM, for services to chess
Murray Chandler is New Zealand’s only chess grandmaster. He appeared for New Zealand in the first Asian Team Chess Championship in Malaysia and qualified as an International Master by winning the first Asian Junior Chess Championship in Baguio. He has won three New Zealand Chess Championship titles and been Commonwealth Champion twice. He was editor of British Chess Magazine and set up Gambit Publications, a publisher of high quality chess books. He is President of the New Zealand Chess Federation and a member of the New Zealand Chess Federation Council, and has sponsored and hosted a series of major chess tournaments in Queenstown.