Birthday of FM Erik Oskar Michael Charles Teichmann (11-iv-1961)
Erik was born in Westminster, London, his mother Jenny (née Jorgensen) being Danish and his father was Max Teichmann (thanks Richard James!). Jenny Teichman was a Philosopher.
They lived in London for two years and then emigrated to Melbourne, Australia until Erik was six when Erik and his mother moved to Cambridge, England. Erik played much chess in England including the British U-18 and U-21 championships, Lloyds Bank events.
This was written about Erik when he was 17 just prior to the Spassky vs the BCF Junior Squad simultaneous display :
“Perse School and Cambridge city. Rating 190. Cambridgeshire men’s champion. 2nd British under-18 championship, 1978.”
and the Islington, Lewisham, Charlton and other opens swisses. Erik played for Oxford University (Magdalen College) in the 1982 (100th) Varsity Match drawing with Gareth Anthony (Trinity Hall).
In 1985 Erik emigrated once more to Australia living in Eltham, Melbourne and became a lifestyle guru and coach.
Erik became a FIDE Master in 1990 and his peak rating was 2388 in July 2010.
From Chessgames.com :
“FIDE Master Erik Oskar Michael Charles Teichmann won the Nova Scotia Open in 1999.”
Here is Erik’s favourite game :
Erik now lives in Lyon, France with his girlfriend, both being Buddhists.
Erik has been faithful to the Polish or Sokolski Opening and anyone contemplating playing this should study his games. Erik very recently played Tony Kosten in France and maybe we will see him on our shores once more to play in 4NCL !
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The photo of Mark Erik and me was taken at the Lewisham Congress.
Thanks James !
Erik played on board 6 for Oxford University (not Cambridge as stated). He was a student at Magdalen College. The Cambridge version is Magdalene College. See: https://saund.co.uk/britbase/pgn/198203vars-viewer.html
If it is of interest, Erik’s mother was the philosopher Jenny Teichman (seemingly spelled with only one n).