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June 2022

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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Birthday for FM Emmanuel Rayner (11-vi-1958)

June 11
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FM Manny Rayner

Birthday for FM Emmanuel Rayner (11-vi-1958)

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Birthday of WIM Natasha Regan (12-vi-1971)

June 12
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WIM Natasha Regan, courtesy of John Upham Photography, King's Place Rapidplay, 2013

Birthday of WIM Natasha K Regan (12-vi-1971) From Amazon : "Natasha Regan was born in 1971 in London, the elder daughter of two Australian doctors. She studied Maths at Cambridge University, earned a half blue for chess, and edited the chess magazine "Dragon". She debuted in the English Women's chess Olympiad team in Manila, 1992." From Gambit Publications : "Natasha Regan is a Women's International Master from England who achieved a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University. While pursuing a…

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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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Birthday of FM Richard Lobo (14-vi-1955)

June 14
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Birthday of FM Richard Lobo (14-vi-1955)

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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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Birthday of FM Terry Chapman (19-vi-1956)

June 19
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FM Terence PD Chapman (19-vi-1956)

Birthday of FM Terence PD Chapman (19-vi-1956) Terry became a FIDE Master in 2013. His peak rating was 2331 in October 2013. The ever youthful Terry represents Barbican Youth in 4NCL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCYXV_dG2GA {[%evp 0,81,19,27,62,20,19,-13,-10,-25,-23,-23,13,12,24,23,23,-11,31,35,39,9, 28,23,19,-16,68,-23,60,41,26,70,52,52,52,31,32,36,46,-25,28,15,15,2,25,55,109, 32,37,-2,91,178,190,312,231,258,258,301,366,354,713,723,807,908,898,688,1598, 2270,28933,29982,29983,29980,29981,29982,29983,29984,29985,29986,29987,29988, 29989,29988,29989,29990]} 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 (3. Nc3 Nd4) 3... cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. a3 (6. Ndb5) (6. g3 Qb6 7. Nb3 Ne5 8. e4 Bb4 9. Qe2 d6 10. f4 Nc6 11. Be3 Bxc3+ 12.…

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Death Anniversary of Johannes Zukertort (07-ix-1842 20-vi-1888)

June 20
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Johannes Herman Zukertort (07-ix-1842 20-vi-1888)

BCN Remembers Johannes Hermann Zukertort (07-ix-1842 20-vi-1888) Johannes Hermann Zukertort (07-ix-1842 20-vi-1888), from the Illustrated London News From the July 2012 editorial in British Chess Magazine we had this report : "Johann Hermann Zukertort’s (1842-1888) grave was rededicated last month in London’s crowded Brompton Cemetery, largely thanks to an initiative led by Stuart Conquest. The resting place of one of the leading players of the nineteenth century was recorded but the grave had fallen into terrible dis-repair. See BCM 1888,…

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Death Anniversary of Sir Richard Clarke KCB CB OBE (13-viii-1910 21-vi-1975)

June 21
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Sir Richard William Barnes Clarke (13-xiii-1910 21-vi-1975), National Portrait Gallery, Walter Bird

BCN Remembers Sir Richard Clarke KCB OBE who passed away on June 21st 1975. According to chess-poster.com : "Clarke died in the University College Hospital, in London, on 21 June 1975 and was cremated at Golders Green three days later. He was survived by his wife Brenda Pile (married in 1950, née Skinner) and their three sons." One of those sons is Charles Rodway Clarke along with his brothers Mark G and Timothy Rodway. Richard William Barnes Clarke was born on…

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Death Anniversary of Howard Staunton (??-iv-1810 22-vi-1874)

June 22
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Howard Staunton

Here is his Wikipedia entry BCN remembers Howard Staunton (??-iv-1810 22-vi-1874) A curious article about Staunton From The Oxford Companion to Chess by Hooper and Whyld : The world's leading player in the 1840s, founder of a school of chess, promoter of the world’s first international chess tournament, chess columnist and author, Shakespearian scholar. Nothing is known for certain about Staunton's life before 1836, when his name appears as a subscriber to Greenwood Walkers Selection of Games at Chess ,…

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