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August 2022

Birthday of FM Sam Franklin (03-viii-1994)

August 3
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FM Sam GA Franklin from the Big Slick International, 25th June 2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of FM Samuel Gideon A Franklin (03-viii-1994) FM Samuel GA Franklin from the Varsity Match, 9th March 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography FM Samuel GA Franklin from the London Chess Classic, 29th December 2013.

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Birthday of IM Angus Dunnington (09-viii-1967)

August 9
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IM Angus Dunnington

Birthday of IM Angus Dunnington (09-viii-1967) Angus James Dunnington was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, his mother's maiden name was Townend. He has lived in Castleford, West Yorkshire and most recently in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. Angus became a FIDE Master in 1990 and an International Master in 1991. Angus has been a recipient of a Chess Journalists of America award and was chess correspondent for The Yorkshire Post. He has been an Olympiad trainer. Angus has played for 4NCL White Rose…

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Birthday of FM Andrew Smith (15-viii-1959)

August 15
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FM Andrew Smith at the 2019 British Championships in Torquay, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes Happy Birthday to FM Andrew Smith (15-viii-1959) Andrew became a FIDE Master in 1994 and is registered with the Irish Chess Union. His highest FIDE rating was 2310 in July 1994 at the age of 35. FM Andrew Smith, photographer unknown He plays for Bourne End Chess Club in the Buckinghamshire League and in the Berkshire League. Andrew also plays for 4NCL Barnet Knights (he has played for Atticus), Buckinghamshire CCA in the Chiltern League and Hon Members…

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Birthday of GM Daniel King (28-viii-1963)

August 28
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GM Daniel King, courtesy of John Upham Photography

We offer best wishes to GM Daniel King on his birthday Daniel John King was born on Wednesday, August 28th 1963 (the same day as the Martin Luther King "I have a dream" speech) in Beckenham, Kent. He attended Langley Park School whose motto is "Mores et Studia" meaning "good character and learning" or "morals and study". Daniel has a brother Andrew (AJ King) who is also a strong player. Daniel became an International Master in 1982 and a Grandmaster…

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October 2022

Birthday of FM Alexander Longson (01-x-1982)

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FM Alex Longson, London Chess Classic 2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of FM Alexander Longson (01-x-1982)

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Birthday of WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) (02-x-1988)

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WFM Sarah Longson

We send best wishes to WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) on her birthday this day, (October 2nd) in 1988. From Sarah's web site : "I have played competitive chess since the age of 7 when I became UK U7 Girls Chess Champion and appeared on Blue Peter where I met the then world champion Garry Kasparov. Since then I have represented England in many international competitions and in 2013 won the British Ladies Championship." In 2016 Sarah and partner FM…

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November 2022

Birthday of IM James Adair (09-xi-1992)

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IM James Adair playing GM Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic

IM James Adair playing GM Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic 2014 BCN wishes Happy birthday to IM James Adair. James Robert Adair was born on Monday, November 9th in 1992 in Reading, Berkshire. James attended Little Heath School, Tilehurst, Reading and joined Reading Chess Club and was an active player in the Berkshire League and in the Surrey Border League. His father Andrew took up chess to support James as a junior. He then read Mathematics at The…

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December 2022

Birthday of WGM Dr. Jana Bellin (09-xii-1947)

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WGM Dr. Jana Bellin

Happy birthday WGM Dr. Jana Bellin on this day (December 9th) in 1947. Jana Malypetrova From The Encyclopedia of Chess (Robert Hale, 1970 & 1976), Anne Sunnucks : "International Woman Master (1969), Czech Woman Champion in 1965 and 1967 and British Woman Champion since 1970. Jana Malypetrova Jana was born in Prague on the 9th December 1947 and learned to play chess at the age of eleven. She made her first appearance in the international field when she played 2nd…

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Birthday of FM Peter Batchelor (10-xii-1996)

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FM Peter Batchelor at the 2014 British Championships, Courtesy of John Upham Photography

Best wishes to FM Peter Batchelor on his birthday. Peter J Batchelor was born on Tuesday, December 10th, 1996. "Breath" by The Prodigy was the UK Number One Single. His father is the player Guy Batchelor. Peter's first recorded rapidplay event was on the 17th of July 2005 in the Barnet Knights Under-9 tournament where he scored 4/6 and his first (!) standard play event was on August 20th 2005 being the British Land UK Terafinal which was not such…

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Birthday of GM Gawain Jones (11-xii-1987)

December 11
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GM Gawain Jones at the 2013 London Chess Classic courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of GM Gawain Christopher B Jones (11-xii-1987) Gawain was Southern Counties (SCCU) champion for the 2012-13 season.

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