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Death Anniversary of Charles (Mike) Bent (27-xi-1919 28-xii-2004)

December 28

Death Anniversary of Charles Bent (27-xi-1919 28-xii-2004)

Charles Michael Bent was born on Thursday, 27th of November 1919 and in that year Charles was the fifth most popular boy’s name.

He was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire and his mother’s maiden name was Hill.

In 1939 he was living at 5, Ashburton Road, Gosport with his mother Eileen B. Bent and was a Sub Lieutenant in the Royal Navy.

He wrote “Best of Bent: Composer’s Choice of His Chess Endgame Studies, 1950-93

He died in Swindon on the 28th of December, 2004 having last resided in Hungerford, RG17.

The C. M. Bent Memorial Composing Tourney was held in 2006-07.

From British Chess Magazine, Volume 125 (2005), Number 2 (February), page 98 we have a brief obituary from John Beasley :

“Charles Michael Bent died just over a month after his 85th birthday. Mike Bent had long been Britain’s leading composer of endgame studies, he was a witty and entertaining writer on the subject (and on many others), and the pleasure he gave was rightly acknowledged by the granting in 2001 of one of the BCF President’s Awards for services to chess.

BCM published his first study in 1950 and one of his last 50 years later, and he was our endgame study columnist from January 1975 to march 1985. There will be a steady flow of quotations in Endgame Studies during the coming months. John Beasley

Here is his Wikipedia entry (complete with errors).

CMB won the BCF President’s Award in 2001.

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