Best wishes to GM Jonathan Mestel on his birthday, this day (March 13th) in 1957.
Here is his Wikipedia entry
From ChessGames.com :
“Andrew Jonathan Mestel was born in Cambridge, England. He was the world’s first Cadet champion in 1974, an initially unofficial under-18 category (1974-76) (redefined as U-17 in 1977-80 and U-16 since 1981)(1). He won the British championship in 1976, 1983 and 1988. In tournaments he was 2nd= at Esbjerg 1984 and 3rd at Hastings 1983-84.
Mestel was awarded the IM title in 1977, and the GM title in 1982. He also holds the problem solving GM title.
Mestel earned a PhD in mathematics from Cambridge University, specializing in magnetohydrodynamics and biological fluid mechanics. His dissertation was entitled, “Magnetic Levitation of Liquid Metals.”(2)
(1) Wikipedia article: World Youth Chess Championship#Cadets and Under-16 winners
Wikipedia article: Jonathan Mestel”
From The Oxford Companion to Chess by Hooper & Whyld :
“English player, British Champion 1976 and 1983, Internationa] Grandmaster (1982). He came second ( +4=4—1) equal with Quinteros and Stean after Hort at London 1977, and played in the English olympiad team from 1976.”
From The Encyclopedia of Chess by Harry Golombek :
“British Master and British Champion 1976, who was born in Cambridge and packed into the three years 1974-6, in the period of time when he grew from seventeen to nineteen, more chess and more success than most people achieve in a long lifetime.
He first made his presence felt in the international field when he won the cadet championship at Pont Sainte–Maxene in France in 1974. This was an unofficial world under-18 championship and he confirmed this good impression by very nearly winning the British Championship in Clacton in the same year. He figured in a seven-way tie for first place but failed to win the play-off for the title.
The next he gained his first international master norm at the Birmingham international tournament where he finished equal second with Matera (USA) and Miles (England), a point below Matulovic of Yugoslavia whom he beat in their individual game.
He was little disappointing in the World Junior Championship at Tjentiste in Yugoslavia in 1975 in which he came third below the Russian Chekov and the US player Larry Christiansen. It was thought that, talented though he was, Mestel lacked stability and was too variable in his form to achieve the highest honours.
But the next year, 1976, was to show that was quite a false appreciation of his talents and character. First in April he won and international tournament which, if not as strong a the previous Birmingham, was still touch event to win ahead of the Yugoslav Grandmaster Damjanovic.
Then came a most remarkable achievement in the British Championship at Portsmouth where he won his first nine games in succession thereby winning the title and establishing a record for the British Championship with his run of victories.”