But Farleigh made his name, not in chess, but in financial investments. Today he enjoys legend status in the financial community. At age 34, he made enough money to retire in Monaco.
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In this brief profile appearing in the Sydney Morning Herald, chess gets a mention.
It was only years later when he discovered an aptitude for chess that he gained some confidence in his intellectual ability and went on to gain honours at the University of NSW and a Reserve Bank scholarship. Eventually he was to represent Monaco in international chess.
Mr Farleigh also has website.