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 Exeter followed by an MSc in Sports Sciences at The University of Exeter.
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 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 was the FIDE Delegate for the Republic of Ireland and was Honorary Chairman and Secretary of the FIDE Chess in Education Commission (EDU) having retired from the roles in the last couple of years. He is also a FIDE Senior Trainer.
Here is his Wikipedia entry