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April 2021

Death Anniversary of Theophilus Willcocks (19-iv-1912 19-v-2014)

April 19
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Theophilus Harding Willcocks

Death Anniversary of Theophilus Harding Willcocks (19-iv-1912 19-v-2014) Here is an excellent article on squaring.net

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Happy Birthday Malcolm Barker (21-iv-1934)

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Happy Birthday Malcolm Barker (21-iv-1934)

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Birthday of FM Gary Kenworthy (22-iv-1957)

April 22
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Gary Kenworthy, inaugurator of the new M25 Congress series, on his way to victory in the Spalding Quickplay. Earlier in the summer he defeated Grandmaster Michael Adams

Gary Kenworthy at the 2012 UKCC Terafinal Birthday of FM Gary Kenworthy (22-iv-1957) Gary Kenworthy (holding board) at a BCF National Club Final (1992) Gary Kenworthy at the 2012 UKCC Terafinal

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Death Anniversary of George Walker (13-iii-1803 23-iv-1879)

April 23
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William Lewis, George Walker and Augustus Mongredien

Death Anniversary of George Walker (13-iii-1803 23-iv-1879) From The Encyclopaedia of Chess by Anne Sunnucks : "Leading organiser and chess columnist in the last century. Born on 13th March 1803. Founded the Westminster Chess Club in 1831. Published New Treatise on Chess in 1832 and Chess and Chess Players in 1850. Edited the chess column in Bell's Life of London from 1835 to 1870. Died on 23rd April 1879. From The Oxford Companion to Chess by Hooper & Whyld :…

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Death Anniversary of Godfrey Heathcote (20-vii-1870 24-iv-1952)

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Godfrey Heathcote (20-vii-1870 24-iv-1952) [Source: Chess Pie, 1922; scanned by M.McDowell]

From The Encyclopaedia of Chess(Robert Hale, 1970 and 1976) by Anne Sunnucks : "Problem composer, and deemed to be on of the great masters of the art. Heathcote was born on 20th July 1870 in Manchester, and died on 24th April 1952. whilst in office as the President of the British Chess Problem Society. An advocate of the model mate, Heathcote was one of few composers with the power to combine model mates with strategy. In 1918 a collection of…

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Death Anniversary of Michael Haygarth (11-x-1934 27-iv-2016)

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Michael John Haygarth, British Champion, 1964

BCN Remembers Michael John Haygarth (11-x-1934 27-iv-2016) Here is an article from Yorkshire Chess History Owen Hindle, Michael Franklin, Harry Golombek and Michael Haygarth Here is an obituary written by Steve Mann which was published on the ECF web site. The 1964 England Olympiad (Tel Aviv) Team : Owen Hindle, Čeněk Kottnauer, Peter Clarke, Michael Franklin, Norman Littlewood & Michael Haygarth {[%evp 0,42,19,28,31,6,-20,-21,36,-3,-20,-23,-31,-15,16,-37,8,18,43,27,13,4,58, 5,5,7,6,28,32,6,17,-3,17,-180,-177,-176,-78,-490,-494,-500,-503,-500,-511,-511, -507]} 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 ({I never do any…

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Birthday of IM Lawrence Trent (28-iv-1986)

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IM Lawrence Trent

Birthday of IM Lawrence Adam Trent (28-iv-1986) IM Lawrence Trent

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Death Anniversary of Norman Littlewood (31-i-1933 29-iv-1989)

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Norman Littlewood

Death Anniversary of Norman Littlewood (31-i-1933 29-iv-1989) Norman Littlewood circa 1967 From British Chess Magazine, Volume 109, June (#6), page 265 we have the following obituary which appears to have been lifted and used in the BCF Yearbook from 1989 - 1990, page 14, (editor Brian Concannon) with no acknowledgement : "We were sorry to (announce the) hear of the death from cancer of Norman Littlewood of Sheffield(31 i 1933 - 29 iv 1989) who played with great force in…

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May 2021

Birthday of GM Nigel David Short (01-vi-1965)

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GM Nigel David Short

BCN wishes Nigel Short a happy birthday on this day (June 1st) in 1965. In the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours List Nigel was awarded the MBE. The citation read simply : "For services to Chess". Here is his extensive Wikipedia entry. For the 1979 Spassky vs the BCF Junior Squad simultaneous display this was written : "Rating 213. World No.1, 13 year old. First Evening Standard under-10s, 1975. First under-14s, 1976. First under-21s, 1978. British Men’s Lightning (10 seconds per…

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Birthday of GM Jonathan Hawkins (01-v-1983)

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GM Jonathan Hawkins

Birthday of GM Jonathan Hawkins (01-v-1983)

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