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December 2021

Birthday of IM John Hawksworth (06-xii-1963)

December 6
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IM John Crofton Hawksworth

We wish happy birthday to IM John Hawksworth born on Friday, December 6th, 1963. John Crofton Hawksworth was "born in Brighton, England, in December 1963 to Robert Marshall Hawksworth and Norah Connor Hawksworth née Crofton. He was baptised at St Saviour's Church of England church in Pimlico, London, in 1964." This was written about John who was 15 just prior to the Spassky vs the BCF Junior Squad simultaneous display in 1979 : "Bradford Grammar and Bradford. Rating 194. Yorkshire…

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Birthday of WGM Dr. Jana Bellin (09-xii-1947)

December 9
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WGM Dr. Jana Bellin

Happy birthday WGM Dr. Jana Bellin on this day (December 9th) in 1947. Jana Malypetrova From The Encyclopedia of Chess (Robert Hale, 1970 & 1976), Anne Sunnucks : "International Woman Master (1969), Czech Woman Champion in 1965 and 1967 and British Woman Champion since 1970. Jana Malypetrova Jana was born in Prague on the 9th December 1947 and learned to play chess at the age of eleven. She made her first appearance in the international field when she played 2nd…

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Death Anniversary of FM Peter Clarke (18-iii-1933 11-xii-2014)

December 11
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Peter Clarke at the 1963 Ilford Whitsun Congress. Source : British Chess Magazine, Volume LXXXIII, Number 7 (July), page 194

PH Clarke We remember FM Peter Clarke who passed away on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 whilst living at Chapel House, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9SQ Peter Hugh Clarke was born on Saturday, March 18th 1933 in West Ham, London. His mother's maiden name was Ekblom. From The Modest Master of Morwenstow by James Pratt (sadly, as yet, unpublished) : "Peter Hugh Clarke was born in London on 18th March, 1933. At the age of eight or nine he taught himself the…

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Birthday of GM Gawain Jones (11-xii-1987)

December 11
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GM Gawain Jones at the 2013 London Chess Classic courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of GM Gawain Christopher B Jones (11-xii-1987) Gawain was Southern Counties (SCCU) champion for the 2012-13 season.

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Death Anniversary of Richard Griffith (22-vii-1872 11-xii-1955)

December 11
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Death Anniversary of Richard Griffith (22-vii-1872 11-xii-1955) See Chess World, Volume 11, Number 6, June 1956, page 128. Here is his Wikipedia entry.

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Birthday of IM Brandon Clarke (14-xii-1995)

December 14
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IM Brandon GI Clarke

Happy Birthday Wishes to IM Brandon George I Clarke born on this day (December 14th), 1995. "Earth Song" by Michael Jackson was the UK Number One single. In the 2003 London Junior Championships he was =13 with 4/7 In July 2004 he secured his first published standard play grading of 84D and 62D for rapid play.  His first recorded rapid  play tournament was on the 4th of October 2003 being the Mini Squad Under 8s. In this event he beat…

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Birthday of IM Ian Thomas (14-xii-1967)

December 14
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Ian Thomas at CentYMCA with Bob Wade

Birthday of IM Ian Thomas (14-xii-1967)

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Birthday of IM Karl CC Mah (14-xii-1980)

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Karl CC Mah

Birthday of IM Karl CC Mah (14-xii-1980) IM Karl CC Mah IM Karl CC Mah

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Death Anniversary of William Winter (11-ix-1898 18-xii-1955)

December 18
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William Winter (11-IX-1898, 18-XII-1955)

William Winter (11-ix-1897, 18-xii-1955) We remember William Winter who passed away on Sunday, December 18th, 1955. This is some variation from sources who quote his Date of Birth. All have 11th of September but vary by the year giving either 1898 or 1899. However careful research by John Townsend (Wokingham) gives 1897 and this work is cited by Edward Winter. His father was William Henderson Winter and his mother Margaret Winter. He was born in Medstead, Hampshire. In the 1911…

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Birthday of IM David Eggleston (22-xii-1987)

December 22
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IM David Eggleston

Best Wishes to IM David Eggleston on his birthday. David James Eggleston was born on Tuesday, December 22nd 1987 in Sunderland, County Durham to Ian and Janet Eggleston (née Robson). David has a brother, Thomas A, also born in 1987 who plays chess to a high standard (2178 in 2020). Thomas also plays for Durham City and for 4NCL North East England. There is one game in Megabase between the brothers from round 5 of the Durham Open in 2003…

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