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May 2022

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

May 13
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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 Harold Murray (24-vi-1868 16-v-1955)

May 16
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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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Birthday of Mark Crowther (16-v-1966)

May 16
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TWIC Founder, Mark Crowther

Birthday of TWIC founder, Mark Crowther (16-v-1966) From Wikipedia : The Week in Chess (TWIC) is one of the first, if not the first, Internet-based chess news services. It is based in the United Kingdom. TWIC has been edited by Mark Crowther since its inception in 1994. It began as a weekly Usenet posting, with "TWIC 1" being posted to Usenet group rec.games.chess on 17 September 1994. Later it moved to Crowther's personal web site, then to chesscenter.com in 1997,…

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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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Birthday of IM John Cox (22-v-1962)

May 22
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IM John Cox, courtesy of John Upham Photography

IM John Cox BCN sends best wishes to IM John Cox on his birthday, this day, in 1962. John was born in Altrincham, Trafford, Greater Manchester and attended Eton College playing top board in the Sunday Times National Schools Competition. He became a FIDE Master in 1982, an International Master in 2002 and obtained a peak rating of 2423 in January of 2006. He is an expert bridge player and an amateur rock climber / mountaineer. John plays for Cavendish…

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Birthday of IM Chris Baker (29-v-1958)

May 29
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IM Chris Baker

Birthday of IM Christopher Wallace Baker (29-v-1958) Chris was born in Coventry, West Midlands and played in the Staffordshire Open in 1975 (the earliest games held in MegaBase 2020). Chris has played for Guildford in Four Nations Chess League (4NCL). He has been the trainer of the Welsh junior team and is a fully-qualified arbiter. He has taught chess in many schools in the Farnham area of Surrey. IM Chris Baker {[%evp 0,77,29,40,46,-1,13,17,-8,5,-16,-17,12,-16,5,5,-10,-87,-83,-36,-40,-80, -58,-83,-61,-87,40,35,171,63,165,183,162,162,165,123,99,99,126,101,118,129,117, 117,172,184,184,187,390,184,168,55,17,13,24,0,0,0,0,0,49,45,35,52,47,52,47,34, 45,13,54,0,0,0,337,327,342,333,359,397]} 1. e4 c5 2.…

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June 2022

Birthday of GM Jonathan Levitt (03-vi-1963)

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GM Jonathan Levitt

From Wikipedia (Dutch version) : Jonathan Levitt , Jon, (born in 1963) is a British chess player . In 1984 he became a FIDE International Master and in 1994 a FIDE Grand Master. GM Jonathan Levitt, photograph by Cathy Rogers Levitt wrote chess anecdotes on the (no longer existing) chess portal kasparovchess.com . He also has a chess column in "Oxford Today". Levitt is also known for his talent tests and he is also a chess teacher. Moreover, he is…

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Birthday of GM Paul Motwani (13-vi-1962)

June 13
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GM Paul Motwani

FM Paul Motwani (See full caption in photograph below) Caption for photograph above BCN wishes GM Paul Motwani Happy Birthday (13-vi-1962) Here is his Wikipedia entry GM Paul Motwani has just played a brutal double check in the 1990 Scottish Lightning Championship. Photograph by Alistair Mulhearn Paul Motwani plays Bent Larsen at the 1990 Watson, Farley and Williams International Chess Challenge. The game was a 3.Lb5 sicilian which was drawn Paul Motwani during a simultaneous display GM Paul Motwani demonstrates…

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Death Anniversary of Robin Matthews (16-vi-1927 19-vi-1983)

June 19
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RCO Matthews

BCN remembers Robin Matthews CBE, FBA who died in Cambridge aged 83 on June 19th 2010. Probate (3367272) was granted in Ipswich, Suffolk on September 6th, 2010. Robert (Robin) Charles Oliver Matthews was born in Edinburgh on Thursday, June 16th 1927. Born on the same day was England cricketer, Tom Graveney. His English father, Oliver Harwood Matthews became an Edinburgh solicitor and his mother was Ida Matthews (née) Finlay.  Robin had a daughter Alison. Academia He was educated at Edinburgh…

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