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May 2022

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 Hooper who passed away in a Taunton (Somerset) nursing home on Sunday, May 3rd 1998. Probate (#9851310520) was granted in Brighton on June 24th 1998. Prior to the nursing home David had been living at 33, Mansfield Road, Taunton, TA1 3NJ and before that at 5, Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8AJ. For most of the time between Reigate and Shaftesbury David lived in Whitchurch, Hampshire. David Vincent Hooper was born on Tuesday, August 31st 1915 in…

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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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Death Anniversary of Charles Locock (27-ix-1872 13-v-1946)

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Charles Dealtry Locock (27-ix-1872 13-v-1946)

Death Anniversary of Charles Dealtry Locock (27-ix-1872 13-v-1946) From < Wikipedia : "Charles Dealtry Locock (1862 – 1946) was a British literary scholar, editor and translator, who wrote on a wide array of subjects, including chess, billiards and croquet." From The Oxford Companion to Chess by Hooper & Whyld : The Locock Gambit is in the Philidor Defence, named after the English player Charles Dealtry Locock (1862 - 1946). The gambit is probably sound; Black should play 4...Bey instead of…

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Death Anniversary of John Barrow (12-xi-1890 14-v-1943)

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Death Anniversary of John Hugh Barrow (12-xi-1890 14-v-1943) From chesscomposers.com : "John Barrow composed direct mates and helpmates."

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Death Anniversary of Harold Murray (24-vi-1868 16-v-1955)

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Harold James Ruthven Murray (24-vi-1868 16-v-1955)

BCN remembers Harold Murray who passed away on Monday, May 16th, 1955. Harold James Ruthven Murray was born on Wednesday, 24th June 1868 in Camberwell, London. He was the eldest son of Sir James Augustus Henry Murray 1837–1915 and  Ada Agnes Ruthven 1845–1936. Sir James was famously the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. From British Chess Magazine, Volume LXXV (125, 1955), Number 8 (August), pp. 233-4 we have this obituary from DJ Morgan: "The great historian of chess…

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

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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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Death Anniversary of Brian Harley (27-x-1883 18-v-1955)

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Brian Harley (27-10-1883 18-v-1955), from chesscomposers.com and Chess Notes Death Anniversary of Brian Harley (27-x-1883 18-v-1955) From chesscomposers.com : "Brian Harley composed mostly two- or threemovers and wrote many books to make chess problems more popular: for instance his "Mate in Two Moves" inspired Geoff Foster's first steps into problemdom. Harley's "The Modern Two-move Chess Problem" written in collaboration with Comins Mansfield is probably the best known of his efforts. Brian Harley was the inventor of the term "mutate" for…

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