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September 2021

Death Anniversary of WIM Rowena Bruce (15-v-1919 24-ix-1999)

September 24
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WIM Rowena Bruce (15-v-1919 24-ix-1999). Source : The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match.

We remember WIM Rowena Bruce who died this day (September 24th) in 1999. Rowena Mary Dew was born on Thursday, May 15th, 1919 in Plymouth, Devon. Her father was Clement Warner Harvey Dew and her mother was Mary Jane Rowe. The Bruce and Dew families circa 1923. Rowena is at the front and on the right aged around four years. Source : ancestry.co.uk She married Ronald Mackay Bruce in July 1940 when she was 21 years old. Her father Clement…

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Birthday of FM Neil Dickenson (25-ix-1964)

September 25
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Birthday of FM Neil F Dickenson (25-ix-1964)

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Death Anniversary of WIM Eileen Tranmer (05-v-1910 26-ix-1983)

September 26
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WIM Eileen Tranmer (05-v-1910 26-ix-1983). Source : The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match

We remember WIM Eileen Betsy Tranmer who passed away on September 26th, 1983. She was the first English woman to be awarded by FIDE the Woman's International Master title in 1950. "From The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match by Klein and Winter : Miss E. Tranmer was born in Scarborough in 1910, and learned chess at the age of six. She did not take it up seriously, however, until 1936. Under the tuition of W. Winter she has made notable progress,…

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Birthday of FM Andy Mack (27-ix-1970)

September 27
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Birthday of FM Andrew L Mack (27-ix-1970) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xynM29FVjuY

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Birthday of IM Tom Rendle (29-ix-1986)

September 29
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IM Tom Rendle

Best wishes to IM Tom Rendle on his birthday. Thomas Edward Rendle was born on Monday, September 29th 1986. "Stuck with You" by Huey Lewis and the News was the UK's number one single. Tom was born in Hastings, East Sussex and his mother's maiden name is Jefferies. Tom resides in Hastings. Tom attended Bede's School, Sussex and then St. Leonard's College. Tom Rendle aged 11 by David Crump Tom studied physics at The University of Warwick and has two…

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October 2021

Birthday of FM Alexander Longson (01-x-1982)

October 1
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FM Alex Longson, London Chess Classic 2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of FM Alexander Longson (01-x-1982)

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Birthday of GM Jonathan Speelman (02-xi-1956)

October 2
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GM Jonathan Speelman at 4NCL in 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography

We wish GM Jonathan Speelman all the best on his birthday. Jonathan Simon Speelman was born on Tuesday, October 2nd, 1956 in Marylebone, London. His mother's maiden name was Freeman. In March 2002 Jon and Lindsey Thomas were married in Camden, Greater London. They have a non-chess playing son, Lawrence who studied Ancient Languages at The University of Chicago. Jonathan attended St. Paul's School, London and then Worcester College, Oxford and read mathematics. He became an International Master in 1978…

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Birthday of WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) (02-x-1988)

October 2
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WFM Sarah Longson

We send best wishes to WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) on her birthday this day, (October 2nd) in 1988. From Sarah's web site : "I have played competitive chess since the age of 7 when I became UK U7 Girls Chess Champion and appeared on Blue Peter where I met the then world champion Garry Kasparov. Since then I have represented England in many international competitions and in 2013 won the British Ladies Championship." In 2016 Sarah and partner FM…

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Happy Birthday Susan Caldwell (02-x-1958)

October 2
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Susan Caldwell

Happy Birthday Susan Linda Caldwell (02-x-1958) Susan is / was a director of the Hallas Foundation Ltd. and Larkham Printers and Publishers Ltd. and is married to former Scottish international Les SF Blackstock. Susan Caldwell playing board two in the London - Belgrade Telex Match on April 3rd, 1976 from the St. James Hotel, Buckingham Gate. Sourced from BCM, Volume XCVI (96), Number 5, page 192. Photographer probably Freddy Reilly. A few (11) of her games may be found on…

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Birthday of GM David Norwood (03-x-1968)

October 3
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IM David Norwood at the 1988 Oakham Young Masters. Photo by Steven Stepak

We wish David Norwood all the best on his birthday, David Robert Norwood was born in Farnworth, Bolton, Greater Manchester on October 3rd 1968 to an electrician. His mother's maiden name was Mellor. Mary Hopkin was still UK number one with "Those were the days" and would remain at number one for six weeks in total. David Norwood David read history at Keeble College, Oxford before pursuing a successful business career (see below). David became an International Master in 1985…

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