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August 2022

Birthday of IM Andrew Webster (10-viii-1973)

August 10
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Birthday of IM Andrew A Webster (10-viii-1973) Andrew became a FIDE Master in 1991 and an International Master in 1993

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Birthday of Leonard Barden (20-viii-1929)

August 20
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Leonard Barden (Linda Nylind of the Guardian)

Ninety-two today is Leonard Barden, born Tuesday, August 20th, 1929. His mother's maiden was Bartholomew and she became Elise EM Barden when she married Leonard's father who was William C Barden and in 1939 they lived at 89, Tennison Road, Croydon. 89, Tennison Road, Croydon From The Encyclopedia of Chess (Batsford, 1977) by Harry Golombek OBE: "British Master and joint British Champion 1954. Barden was born in Croydon and learned to play at his school, Whitgift, which became a frequent…

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Birthday of WCM Dinah Norman (née Dobson) (21-viii-1946)

August 21
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WCM Dinah Norman at the 2015 British Championships in Coventry, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes Happy Birthday to Dinah Norman on August 21st Dinah Margaret Dobson was born on Wednesday, August 21st 1946 in Exeter, Devon. Her parents were Leslie and Barbara Dobson (née Hayward). Some of the participants in the Paul Keres display on November 25th, 1962, at St Pancras Town Hall, London WC1. Back row : AJ. Whiteley, D, Floyer, PJ Collins, PJ Adams, RC Vaughan, KB Harman, D. Parr, DNL Levy, Front row : MV Lambshire, AE Hopkins (selector) Paul…

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Death Anniversary of Ernst Klein (29-i-1910 22-viii-1990)

August 22
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Ernst Ludwig Klein (29-i-1910 22-viii-1990)

Death Anniversary of Ernst Klein (29-i-1910 22-viii-1990) From CHESS, July 1946 (and also The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match) : Since Ernst Klein came to England in 1935 his play has earned our ungrudging admiration. Born in Vienna, 1910, he learned chess at the age of eleven. His grandmother taught him the moves, his father having died when he was eight. Steinitz was a frequent guest in his grandparents house. At eighteen, he shared first, second and third prizes in the…

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Death Anniversary of William Lewis (09-x-1787 22-viii-1870)

August 22
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William Lewis

We note the passing today (August 22nd) in 1870 of William Lewis of the Lewis Counter Gambit. The Lewis Counter Gambit From The Oxford Companion to Chess (OUP, 1984) by Hooper & Whyld : "English player and author. He left his native Birmingham as a young man and worked for a time with a merchant in London. He learned much of his chess from Sarratt, a debt that was not repaid. Around 1819 he was operator of the Turk, meeting…

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Birthday of GM Alexander Cherniaev (26-viii-1969)

August 26
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GM Alexander Cherniaev, London Chess Classic 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of GM Alexander Sergeevich Cherniaev (26-viii-1969) Alexander Sergeevich Cherniaev was born on Tuesday, August 26th 1969 in Arkhangelsk, Western Russia. He became an International Master in 1993 and a Grandmaster in 2004. He became a FIDE Senior Trainer in 2016. His peak FIDE rating (according to Megabase 2020 and Felice) was 2509 in July 2002, aged 33. (Gaige is silent on Alexander). Alex is registered with the Russian Federation and plays for Hackney, Wood Green, Russia (unsurprisingly!) and 4NCL…

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September 2022

Birthday of FM Anthony J Stebbings (03-ix-1951)

September 3
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Birthday of FM Anthony J Stebbings (03-ix-1951)

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Birthday of GM Michael Stean (04-ix-1953)

September 4
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Michael Stean at the 1977 Lord John Cup

We send best wishes to GM Michael Stean on his birthday, Michael Francis Stean was born Michael Francis Stein on Friday, September 4th, 1953 in Pancras, London. His mother's maiden name was Feldman. Michael has a brother, Howard. Michael Stean He attended Latymer Upper School and Cambridge University. His early chess days were spent at Richmond Junior Chess Club. He became an International Master in 1975 and England's third (OTB) Grandmaster in 1977 winning £2,500 from the Jim Slater Foundation.…

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Birthday of GM Stephen Gordon (04-ix-1986)

September 4
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GM Stephen Gordon

We wish Stephen Gordon all the best on his birthday, this day (September 4th) in 1986. Stephen John Gordon was born on Thursday, September 4th 1986 in Oldham, Lancashire where he has lived since. He attended The Blue Coat School in Oldham He became a FIDE Master in 2004, an International Master in 2006 and a Grandmaster in 2009. In 2012 he shared first place with Gawain Jones in the British Championships in North Shields. 2012 British Championships part crosstable…

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Birthday of IM Joseph McPhillips (04-ix-1997)

September 4
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IM Joseph McPhillips, UKCC Terafinal 2016, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN says Happy Birthday to IM Joseph McPhillips (04-ix-1997) Joe became a FIDE Master in 2015 and an International Master in 2018. His peak FIDE rating is 2434 as at August 2019 and we predict it will increase. FIDE rating profile of IM Joseph McPhillips In Joseph won outright the Kecskemet IM Tournament : Kecskemet 2015 IM Tournament In 2016 Joseph won the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Terafinal to become a "Strat"* for the first time. *Only Mike Basman knows…

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