Adrian Hollis
Adrian Swayne Hollis is an English correspondence chess
Correspondence chess
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 grandmaster (title awarded in 1976) and was British Correspondence Chess Champion in 1966 (jointly), 1967, and 1971.

He studied classics at Christ Church, Oxford
Christ Church, Oxford
Christ Church or house of Christ, and thus sometimes known as The House), is one of the largest constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England...

 and represented Oxford University Chess Club
Oxford University Chess Club
The Oxford University Chess Club was founded at the University of Oxford in 1869 and is the oldest university chess club in the United Kingdom. The Club meets each Tuesday evening during University term time, from 7.30pm at St John's College...

 in four annual Varsity chess matches (1959–1962), playing on the top board in the 1961 and 1962 matches. He also played in the (over the board) British Chess Championship
British Chess Championship
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 a number of times during the 1960s, with a best placing of seventh equal (in 1961).
He was a lecturer in classics
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 at Oxford University and a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford
Keble College, Oxford
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 and retired in 2007.

During a distinguished academic career his research has focused mainly on Hellenistic and Roman poetry. He has written many important articles on the fragmentary poems of Callimachus and published a full length commentary on the Hecale in 1990 (second edition 2009), but also ranged over authors as diverse as Euphorion, Choerilus, Lycophron, Horace, Propertius and Virgil. He also published a commentary on Ovid Ars Amatoria I (1970) and an edition of Fragments of Roman Poetry, c. 60 BC-AD 20 (2007).

Adrian Hollis is the son of Sir Roger Hollis
Roger Hollis
Sir Roger Henry Hollis, KBE, CB was a British journalist and secret-service agent, who was Director General of MI5 from 1956 to 1965.-Early years:...

, who served as Director-General
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 of MI5
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 from 1956 to 1965. His uncle Christopher Hollis
Christopher Hollis
Maurice Christopher Hollis, known as Christopher Hollis was a British schoolmaster, university teacher, author and Conservative politician.-Life:...

 was a writer and Conservative politician, and he shares a grandfather, the Anglican later bishop
A bishop is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight. Within the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox Churches, in the Assyrian Church of the East, in the Independent Catholic Churches, and in the...

-suffragan of Taunton
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, the Right Revd George Arthur Hollis (1868–1944), with first cousin Crispian Hollis
Crispian Hollis
Roger Francis Crispian Hollis is the Bishop of Portsmouth for the Catholic Church. His parents were Christopher Hollis , the author and parliamentarian, and Madeleine Hollis .-Family life:...

 who is the Bishop of Portsmouth for the Catholic Church.

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