BCN wishes happy birthday to FM Kevin O’Connell (28-viii-1949)
Kevin John O’Connell was born on Sunday, August 28th 1949 in London.
Kevin attended Ilford County High School and The University of Essex followed by an MSc in Sports Sciences at The University of Essex.
According to The Games of Robert J. Fischer :
“Kevin is an Essex county player and bulletin editor”.
According to How to Play the Sicilian Defence :
“Kevin O’Connell is editor of the FIDE Chess Yearbook, author of many other chess books and chess columnist of London’s Evening News”
Harry Golombek wrote in The Observer Magazine (about The Batsford Chess Yearbook 1975/6) :
“O’Connell has done his work extremely well and I found all the contents interesting”
and Leonard Barden wrote (of the same book) :
“Book of the year…this reviewer admits to consulting it more frequently than any other book on his shelf”
Kevin was coach (they lived in the same road in Suffolk) to GM Nick Pert and IM Richard Pert
Kevin became a FIDE Master in 2006 and his peak rating (according to Felice) was 2360 in July 1993 at the age of 44.
Kevin became a FIDE International Arbiter (IA) in 1998. He is the FIDE Delegate for the Republic of Ireland and is Honorary Chairman and Secretary of the FIDE Chess in Education Commission (EDU). He is also a FIDE Senior Trainer.
Here is his Wikipedia entry