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May 2022

Birthday of IM John Cooper (14-v-1954)

May 14
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IM John Cooper, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of IM John Grantley Cooper (14-v-1954)

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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)

May 16
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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 FM Alan Pollard (17-v-1947)

May 17
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Birthday of FM Alan Pollard (17-v-1947)

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

May 18
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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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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 GM Jonathan Parker (19-v-1976)

May 19
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GM Jonathan Francis Parker, courtesy of John Upham Photography Birthday of GM Jonathan Francis Parker (19-v-1976) Jonathan Parker

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Birthday of FM Kenneth Shovel (21-v-1965)

May 21
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Birthday of FM Kenneth Shovel (21-v-1965)

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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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