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Christopher Chu - Obituary

"A tragic loss to the wargamers and football fans of Hong Kong."
(In memory of my friend Christopher Chu, also known as “Old Chu”)


Christopher 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.


Speaking of 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.


Chris’s 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 history.


Chris was 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.

James Cheung
January 8, 2020

     
     

 

「功蓋中港台,名成薩爾滸,同好遍天下,港足推滿營」(悼念好友朱國華)
朱國華,暱稱「老朱」,是我二十年前重歸戰棋界時第一個新相識的朋友。他為人友善熱心,幽默風趣。雖然我倆相識的情景已印象依稀,但腦海裏仍常常浮現當年我在他曾經任教位於荃灣學校內玩Warmaster的景象,看到他亳無架子,和學生相處融洽,與他們打成一片,深得學生的愛戴。


除了戰棋外,老朱亦是足球界上的知名人士,其主持的足球節目「花生足球」裏,他敢怒敢言的風格,甚得知音人喜愛。小弟亦熱愛足球,且和老朱一樣,在球場上同一位置,司職守門員,是故我們有很多戰棋以外的話題。此外,我倆亦是「性」情中人,意氣相投,在很多事情上觀點亦很一致,因此相識短短數年大家已經成為密友。此外,他亦是一個不可多得的「盟友」,在我需要協助時義不容辭拔刀相助,就例如當我提出舉辦和組織比賽時第一個出來支持的往往就是老朱。


説到比賽,不得不說上年11月的香港區古戰DBMM比賽,那次是我最後一次和他較量。我們有幸在第二回合相遇,當時大家佔據第一、二位,所以在「頭檯」比併。在戰場上一旦認真起來的老朱是一個極難應付的對手,我在那場比試中我找不到他有任何破綻,再加上「認真」的他往往得到運氣的「眷顧」,竟令我久攻不下,最後我只能以12:13與他平分秋色。可惜的是,他不計較得失的性格令「認真的老朱」不是常常出現,但我有幸遇上亦是我的光榮。


老朱對戰棋界的付出更是毋庸置疑。HKSW的聚會的相片大部份都是由他拍攝、整理、然後放上Facebook及其他網絡,這令外界無論對戰棋及HKSW都有更廣泛的認識。他亦從不吝嗇自己的時間及精力,孜孜不倦地與世界各地的戰棋愛好者作深入交流並解答其疑問,促進了兩岸三地甚至全世界的戰棋交流。當日若不是老朱為我引見台灣古戰的同好,恐怕我便難以將古戰DBMM及DBA推廣至該地。此外,他亦不時造訪多所中學,將戰棋推廣給中學生,小弟亦有幸參與其中。當然,説到他的最大貢獻必然是他曾參與設計戰棋的工作,促進與內地戰棋商的發展及交流,而古戰桌遊「決戰薩爾滸」可謂他的代表作,為他帶來不少的頌讚,亦引起兩岸三地年青人對歷史的興趣。


我認識的老朱涉獵多方,生活可謂「多姿多彩」,連自命餐餐大魚大肉的小弟亦自愧不如。但他的身體亦因此付出了很大的代價,令他的朋友及至親擔心。如今他已經離我們而去,雖然他只在這世上活了匆匆40多年,但我相信他的一生是絕對精彩和無憾的。

「老占」張競達
2020年1月8日

 

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