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January 2021

Birthday of GM Neil McDonald (21-i-1967)

January 21
GM Neil McDonald

We send birthday wishes to GM Neil McDonald born on this day (January 21st) in 1967. Neil McDonald Neil McDonald From Wikipedia : Neil McDonald (born 21 January 1967) is an English chess grandmaster and a player on the international chess circuit. He is an English Chess Federation coach, who has trained many of the country's strongest junior players. McDonald is a regular coach of the English junior team and was Head Coach of the English Chess Federation team at…

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Birthday of IM Richard Pert (22-i-1981)

January 22
IM Richard Pert

Happy Birthday IM Richard Pert (22-i-1981) IM Richard Pert {[%evp 0,81,19,31,43,-23,33,17,37,22,8,2,14,-9,-16,-16,-15,-24,-15,-210,-201, -116,-18,-12,3,-38,23,18,29,-26,12,2,18,18,4,15,85,29,29,80,311,306,341,230, 223,246,215,215,336,309,321,322,285,264,325,275,317,341,339,333,333,152,172, 177,173,189,198,182,205,216,217,242,257,291,422,452,525,642,656,316,475,680, 687,922]} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. e4 b5 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Bb7 8. b3 Bb4 9. e5 Bxc3 10. exf6 gxf6 11. Rb1 c5 12. bxc4 Bxd4 $6 (12... cxd4 $142) 13. Rxb5 Bc6 14. Rb3 $16 Rg8 15. g3 Na6 16. Nxd4 cxd4 17. Bf3 Rc8 18. Bxc6+ Rxc6 19. Qh5 $18 f5 20. Qxh7…

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Birthday of GM Nick Pert (22-i-1981)

January 22
GM Nick Pert

We send birthday wishes to GM Nick Pert born this day (January 22nd) in 1981. Jeremy Morse, Adam Hunt, Nick Pert and Nigel Short at the Lloyds Bank Masters Nick won the Southern Counties (SCCU) championship for the 2016-17 season sharing with Richard Bates. Nick and Richard Pert Here is Nick's Wikipedia entry Nick and Richard Pert {[%evp 0,97,19,31,14,30,28,4,27,41,33,17,24,8,18,-2,24,3,15,-15,12,-2,3,-2,7, -20,-16,-17,-10,15,16,-19,62,1,8,40,51,51,48,33,53,53,82,79,72,72,64,66,61,64, 72,64,75,65,69,65,79,71,59,54,61,51,52,43,58,39,56,54,46,48,70,65,81,44,81,80, 65,62,65,48,47,-15,-21,-17,-8,-116,-109,-114,-94,-88,233,311,397,396,414,407, 346,377,604,624]} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. Nc3 Bb7 5. a3 d5 6. cxd5…

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Birthday of IM Adam C Taylor (23-i-1998)

January 23
IM Adam C Taylor

We send best wishes to IM Adam C Taylor on his birthday, this day (January 23rd) in 1998. Adam's IM title was ratified in June of 2019 in Baku and currently (January 2020) holds a rating of 2361 and an ECF grading of 230A. Adam plays for Bury St. Edmunds, Manningtree and Battersea in the London League and Wood Green in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) and has made many appearances in the UKCC Terafinal. Adam C Taylor {[%evp…

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Birthday of FM Robert S Eames (23-i-1967)

January 23

Birthday of FM Robert S Eames (23-i-1967)

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Birthday of FM David H Cummings (24-i-1961)

January 24
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IM David H Cummings

Birthday of FM David H Cummings (24-i-1961) David Cummings (front, second from right) at a Lloyds Bank event This was written about David who was 18 just prior to the 1979 Spassky vs the BCF Junior squad simultaneous display : "Varndean and Brighton. Rating 207. British men’s championship finalist, 1977. First Danish junior international championship, 1978." At the Lloyds Bank Masters : Front (l-r) : Joel Benjamin, Ian Wells, Rear : Peter Morrish, Stewart Reuben, Richard Beville, Gary Senior, Richard…

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Birthday of GM Alexander Sergeevich Cherniaev (26-viii-1969)

January 26
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GM Alexander Cherniaev, London Chess Classic 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of GM Alexander Sergeevich Cherniaev (26-viii-1969) Alexander Sergeevich Cherniaev was born on Tuesday, August 26th 1969 in Arkhangelsk, Western Russia. He became an International Master in 1993 and a Grandmaster in 2004. He became a FIDE Senior Trainer in 2016. His peak FIDE rating (according to Megabase 2020 and Felice) was 2509 in July 2002, aged 33. (Gaige is silent on Alexander). Alex is registered with the Russian Federation and plays for Hackney, Wood Green, Russia (unsurprisingly!) and 4NCL…

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Birthday of IM Richard Bates (27-i-1979)

January 27
IM Richard Bates

Best Birthday wishes to IM Richard Adam Bates born on this day (January 27th) in 1979. Richard has won the Southern Counties (SCCU) championship in the 2015-16, 2016-17 (with Nick Pert) and 2017-18 seasons. IM Richard Adam Bates {[%evp 0,67,19,31,14,30,28,4,17,20,76,42,77,64,122,98,78,105,92,90,77,62,86,67, 68,67,71,71,71,53,46,27,84,19,31,2,44,48,63,41,184,55,238,271,298,301,258,252, 211,222,222,248,248,200,259,294,411,179,294,364,361,379,379,385,641,559,625, 1032,1094,1125]} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c5 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 exd5 6. cxd5 g6 7. h3 a6 8. e4 b5 9. Bd3 Bg7 10. O-O c4 11. Bc2 O-O 12. Bf4 Re8 13.…

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Birthday of GM Raymond Dennis Keene OBE (29-i-1948)

January 29
Raymond Dennis Keene

We send birthday wishes to GM Raymond Dennis Keene OBE born on this day (January 29th) in 1948. In 1985 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, Civil Division, Ray was awarded the OBE. The citation read simply : “For services to Chess” Raymond Denis Keene From The Oxford Companion to Chess by David Hooper and Ken Whyld : English player and author, British champion 1971, From 1966 he played in several Olympiads and his performance in two of them, Nice…

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Birthday of FM Stephen William Giddins (29-01-1961)

January 29
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FM Steve Giddins Birthday of FM Stephen William Giddins (29-01-1961) Here are his games from chessgames.com We reviewed his most recent book, co-authored with IM Gerard Welling : Side-Stepping Mainline Theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6403hEafJI Side-Stepping Mainline Theory

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