"A tragic loss to the wargamers and football fans of Hong Kong."
(In memory of my friend Christopher Chu, also known as “Old Chu”)
nicknamed "Old Chu", was my first new friend when I returned to
wargaming 20 years ago. He was friendly, enthusiastic, and humorous.
Although I cannot recall how we met, I will always remember the times
when I was playing Warmaster at the Tsuen Wan School where he once
taught. I saw that he got along well with the students and was winning
their love and trust.
In addition to
being a core member of Hong Kong’s wargaming community, Chris was also
well-known among football fans. In his football show, "Peanut Football",
his outspoken style earned him many followers. I also love playing
football, and like Chris, take the same position on the field as the
goalkeeper. Thus, we had other shared interests, characteristics, and
points of view beyond wargaming. Therefore, we became close friends soon
after we just met. He has been a close ally to me. When I needed help,
he always stood by me without hesitation. For example, when I proposed
to organize and set up any event, it was often Chris who first came out
to support it.
competition, I regret to say that the DBMM competition in Hong Kong last
November was the last time I played against him. We were fortunate to
meet each other in the second round. At that time, we were in the first
and second places. Once Chris got serious on the battlefield, he was an
extremely difficult opponent to deal with and I could not find any flaws
in his strategy and tactics. Furthermore, when he got serious, he was
always taken care of by luck. This made it difficult for me to beat him
on that match. Eventually, I needed to accept that the match had to be
ended in a draw with 12:13 favored to him. Since Chris was such a
respectable player that he did not care about the result, one was not
always able to meet Chris in serious mode and it was my honor to have
the pleasure of battling against him in such a way.
dedication to the wargaming world is beyond doubt. Most of the photos of
HKSW's meeting were taken by him, sorted out, and then posted on
Facebook and other networks, which made the outside world have a broader
understanding of both wargaming and HKSW. He also never hesitated to
spend his time and energy, tirelessly made in-depth exchanges and
answered questions with wargaming enthusiasts around the world. His
effort helped promoting wargaming not only in Mainland China and Taiwan
but even elsewhere in the world. For example, if Chris didn't introduce
me to wargaming enthusiasts in Taiwan, I would not have been able to
promote DBMM and DBA there. In addition, he also visited several
secondary schools from time to time to promote wargaming to secondary
school students, and I was also fortunate to help on several occasions.
Of course, when it came to his greatest contribution, it must be his
design and development of wargames. His effort in the design and
promotion of wargames as well as the development and communication with
Wargaming developers in the Mainland China flourished the growth of that
industry. His greatest work, “Strike on Sarhu” aroused the interest of
young people in both Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to ancient
involved in a variety of fields and his life was colorful beyond my own
experiences. His extravagant lifestyle, however, extracted a toll on his
body which worried his friends and relatives. Now he has left us and
although he has only lived in this world for only 46 years, I believe
that his life was absolutely wonderful and without regret.