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April 2021

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)

April 27
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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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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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Death Anniversary of Isidor Gunsberg (01-xi-1854 02-v-1930)

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Isidor Gunsberg (01-xi-1854 02-v-1930)

Death Anniversary of Isidor Gunsberg (01-xi-1854 02-v-1930)

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Death Anniversary of David Hooper (31-xiii-1915 03-v-1998)

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David Vincent Hooper, from The Encyclopedia of Chess, Harry Golombek

BCN Remembers David Vincent Hooper (31-viii-1915 03-v-1998) 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. Rowena Bruce, the 1946 British Ladies' Champion. BCM, Volume 118, #6, p.327. The others in the photo are L - R: H. V. Trevenen; H. Wilson-Osborne (WECU President); R. A. (Ron) Slade; Rowena Bruce; Ron Bruce; H. V. (Harry) Mallison; Chris Sullivan;…

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Death Anniversary of Dr. IM István (Stefan) Fazekas (23-iii-1898 03-v-1967)

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Dr. Fazekas (left) playing Bob Wade at an Ilford Congress, photographer unknown

Signature of S Fazekas from a Brian Reilly "after dinner" postcard from Southsea 1951. BCN remembers Dr. IM István (Stefan) Fazekas (23-iii-1898 03-v-1967) From Chessgames.com : "Dr Stefan (ne Istvan) Fazekas was born in Satoraljaujhely, Hungary. Awarded the IM title in 1953 and the IMC title in 1964, he was British Champion in 1957 and is the oldest player ever to have won the title. He passed away in 1967 in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England." From British Chess Magazine, Volume…

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Death Anniversary of Alfred Crosskill (05-v-1904)

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Death Anniversary of Alfred Crosskill (05-v-1904) Here is excellent article from Yorkshire Chess History An interesting article within British Endgame Study News (BESN) by John Beasley 8/3R1K1k/2r5/8/8/4B3/8/8 w - - 0 1 "White to play cannot win; Black to play loses, but it takes White 45 moves to capture the rook"

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Birthday of Dr. Tim Harding (06-v-1948)

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Timothy D. Harding

From chessgames.com :"Timothy David Harding was born in London. He has been playing both over-the-board and correspondence chess since the 1960s. Harding played on the Irish team at the 1984 FIDE Olympiad in Thessaloniki, scoring 50%. In 2002 he achieved the title of Senior International Master of Correspondence Chess. He is also a Candidate Master (2015). As a chess historian, Harding has authored dozens of books on chess since 1973. He is also the author of the "The Kibitzer", a…

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