Happy Birthday Stephen Gordon

GM Stephen Gordon
GM Stephen Gordon

We wish Stephen Gordon all the best on his birthday, this day (September 4th) in 1986.

From Wikipedia :

Stephen J. Gordon (born 4 September 1986) is an English chess grandmaster.

In September 2004 he took a break from his A-level studies at The Blue Coat School, Oldham to compete in the thirteenth Monarch Assurance Isle of Man International.

In 2005, while still a FIDE Master, he finished 6th in the British Championships ahead of a Grandmaster and several International Masters.

At the EU Individual Open Chess Championship held at Liverpool in 2006, he led the tournament after eight rounds and finished a very creditable (joint) second, a half point behind winner Nigel Short and level with Luke McShane among others.

Probably his best result to date however, was second place in the 2007 British Championship, narrowly losing his share of the lead in the final round. In previous rounds, he defeated both tournament victor Jacob Aagaard and previous champion Jonathan Rowson.

By 2008, his rating had reached grandmaster level, although the title itself had not yet been secured. At the British Championship in Liverpool, he almost repeated his performance of the previous year, by taking a share of third place. He was the British under-21 Champion each consecutive year between 2005 and 2008. He became a grandmaster on 1 August 2009.

He has been one of the co-presenters of the chess podcast The Full English Breakfast since its inaugural show in October 2010.

For more see Wiki Entry for Stephen Gordon

GM Stephen Gordon
GM Stephen Gordon

Best Wishes Michael Stean

GM Michael Stean chats with ?
GM Michael Stean chats with ?

We send best wishes to Michael Stean on his birthday, this day (September 4th) in 1953.

From Wikipedia :

Michael Francis Stean (born 4 September 1953) is an English chess grandmaster, an author of chess books and a tax accountant.

The game below was the first winner of the World Brilliancy Prize established in 1974 by Isador Samuel Turover. The value of the prize was $1,000.

See Michael Stean’s Wikipedia entry for more

Michael Francis Stean
Michael Francis Stean
Simple Chess by Michael Stean
Simple Chess by Michael Stean
Sicillian Najdorf by Michael Stean
Sicillian Najdorf by Michael Stean
Simple Chess by Michael Stean
Simple Chess by Michael Stean