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May 2022

Death Anniversary of Andrew Thomas (11-x-1904 16-v-1985)

May 16
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ARB Thomas and Jonathan Penrose at the Hastings Congress

Signature of ARB Thomas from a Brian Reilly "after dinner" postcard from Southsea 1951. Here is his Wikipedia entry ARB Thomas in play with FEA Kitto BCN remembers Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas (11-x-1904 16-v-1985) We cannot improve on this excellent article about ARBT on the Chess Devon web site David Hooper (seated right) in play at the West of England Championships in Bristol, Easter, 1947. His opponent , ARB Thomas , was that year's champion. Among the spectators is Mrs.…

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Birthday of IM Andrew Martin (18-v-1957)

May 18
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IM Andrew Martin

Birthday of IM Andrew Martin (18-v-1957) From ChessBase : Andrew David Martin (born 18th May 1957 in West Ham, London) is an English chess player with the title of international master. Martin has won various national and international tournaments. He has been playing for years in the Four Nations Chess League, at present (July 2009) for Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher, previously for the Camberley Chess Club. Martin received his title as international master in 1984. He earned his first grandmaster…

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Death Anniversary of FM Neil Carr (10-iii-1968 25-v-2015)

May 25
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FM Neil Carr, British Championships 2013, Torquay, courtesu pf John Upham Photography

Death Anniversary of FM Neil Leslie Carr (10-iii-1968 25-v-2015) Here is his obituary from Stewart Reuben Here is an article from Kingpin Magazine by Jon Manley Here is an article from EssexChess The Neil Carr Scholarship Prize Here is a game courtesy of Kingpin & the Ilford Recorder {[%evp 0,76,19,29,72,72,70,69,100,89,74,73,65,64,61,61,52,47,59,52,44,43,133, 74,117,87,152,151,136,101,88,79,96,114,112,117,147,132,143,148,243,185,228,217, 251,140,149,-94,0,0,0,0,0,-82,-59,-98,-116,-109,-116,-118,-60,-149,-148,-169, -140,-150,-115,-273,-332,-332,-208,-649,-708,-772,-878,-1036,-994,-29995, -29996]} 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Be2 O-O 6. O-O Bg4 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Qd2 e5 9. d5…

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June 2022

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

June 1
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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 IM Jovanka Houska (10-vi-1980)

June 10
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IM Jovanka Houska, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes many Happy Returns to IM Jovanka Houska ! (10-vi-1980) From Wikipedia : Jovanka Houska is an English chess player with the titles International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She is an eight-time winner of the British Women's Chess Championship. Jovanka Houska, photographer unknown Jovanka was born in London and became a Women's International Master in 1999, a Woman's Grandmaster in 2000 and an International Master in 2005. Her peak rating was 2443 in July 2010 at the…

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Death Anniversary of Alan Phillips (28-x-1923 24-vi-2009)

June 24
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Alan Phillips (riight) receives his prize from television celebrity and magician David Nixon for his equal second placing at the 1973 Islington Open, photographer unknown

BCN remembers Alan Phillips (28-x-1923 24-vi-2009) Here is his far too brief Wikipedia entry From Chessgames.com : "Alan Phillips, joint British Champion in 1954, was born in England in 1923. He was the author of Chess: 60 Years on with Caissa and Friends (Caissa Editions, 2003) and The Chess Teacher (Cadogan, 1995)." Here is an item from the Shropshire Chess web site Here is Alan Phillips autobiography from his own book, Chess: Sixty years on with Caissa & Friends "Born…

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Birthday of FM Bernard Cafferty (27-vi-1934)

June 27
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FM Bernard Cafferty, Hastings Congress 2013-14, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes FIDE Master Bernard Cafferty best wishes on his 87th birthday, June 27th in 1934. Bernard Cafferty, location, date and photographer unknown On 14th December, 1968, Bernard gave a simultaneous exhibition held at Anglesey School, Burton. He played 17, won 16 and lost 1 to Trevor Bould who was already Burton Champion, photograph from http://www.derbyshirechess.btck.co.uk/History/Exhibitions, photographer unknown Bernard was born in Blackburn, Lancashire (his mother's maiden name was Croft) migrating to Birmingham and now resides in Hastings, East Sussex…

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Birthday of IM Matthew Wadsworth (27-vi-2000)

June 27
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FM Matthew J Wadsworth

BCN wishes IM Matthew Wadsworth Happy Birthday this day (June 27th) in 2021. Previously we reported : FM Matthew Wadsworth, one of England's most promising young players, has earned his first Grandmaster norm from his excellent performance in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL). Matthew, who is twenty, has a current FIDE standard play rating of 2413 and is ranked 34th amongst the active players in England (by FIDE rating) earning his FM title in 2016. Matthew has IMs norm…

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Death Anniversary for Vera Menchik (16-ii-1906 27-vi-1944)

June 27
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Miss Vera Menchik

A Great Life with a Tragic Ending Few people know the story of Vera Menchik yet it deserves to be told. She was the first women's world chess champion in 1927 and retained the title undefeated until her untimely death at the age of 38 in 1944 during a rocket attack on London.  She is more properly compared with the great male players of her era against whom she scored creditably. The absence of a full biography of Vera in…

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Birthday of IM Robert Bellin (30-vi-1952)

June 30
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IM Robert Bellin, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN sends IM Robert Bellin best wishes on his birthday, this day (the 30th of June) in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk Robert was awarded the IM title in 1977. He was outright British Champion in 1979 in Chester having tied first equal (with six others) in 1974 in Clacton. The play-off was won by George Botterill. His best international success was in 1981 in Shanghai coming clear first overall. Robert Bellin with Leonard Barden and Stewart Reuben at the 1978 Aaronson…

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