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August 2022

Birthday of Barry Barnes (01-viii-1937)

August 1
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Barry Peter Barnes by Jean Barnes

BCN wishes happy birthday to Barry Barnes (01-viii-1937) Barry Peter Barnes was born in Brighton and his mother's maiden name was Simpole. (Barry is a cousin of Julian Ivan Peter Simpole, who was a Brighton school teacher and who taught Edward Gerard Winter to play chess). Barry now lives in Halling, Rochester, Kent with his wife Jean. From The Encyclopedia of Chess (Robert Hale, 1970 & 1976) by Anne Sunnucks : "International Master of FIDE for Chess Compositions (1967) and…

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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 IM Malcolm Pein (14-viii-1960)

August 14
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IM Malcolm Pein at the 2019 British Championships in Torquay, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN sends IM Malcolm Pein best wishes on his 61st birthday. IM Malcolm Pein at the King's Place Rapidplay 2013, photograph courtesy of John Upham Malcolm Bernard Pein was born in Liverpool (South). South Lancashire and his mother's maiden name is Max. (Gaige, Felice and chessgames.com all incorrectly have Malcolm L. Pein). Malcolm Pein This was written about Malcolm aged 19 just prior to the 1979 Spassky vs the BCF Junior Squad simultaneous display : " London University and Liverpool,…

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Birthday of Peter Griffiths (15-viii-1946)

August 15
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Peter Griffiths (15-viii-1946)

BCN sends Happy birthday wishes to Peter Griffiths Peter Charles Griffiths was born on Thursday, August 15th, in 1946 in Birmingham, Warwickshire. His mother's maiden name was Ward. Peter was a strong player active from the 1960s until 1989. He played in the British Championships more than once and was a professional coach and writer. He wrote the column "Practical Chess Endings" which appeared in the British Chess Magazine. The column commenced in the December 1972 issue and columns became…

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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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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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Birthday of FM Kevin O’Connell (28-viii-1949)

August 28
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Kevin O'Connell at the London Chess Conference, 2016, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes happy birthday to FM Kevin O'Connell (28-viii-1949) Kevin J O'Connell Kevin John O'Connell was born on Sunday, August 28th 1949 in London. Kevin attended Ilford County High School and The University of Essex following by an MSc in Sports Sciences at The University of Essex. The Batsford Chess Yearbook According to The Games of Robert J. Fischer : "Kevin is an Essex county player and bulletin editor". Kevin J O'Connell According to How to Play the Sicilian Defence…

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September 2022

Death Anniversary of Joseph Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924)

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Joseph Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924)

BCN remembers Joseph Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924) The following (excerpts of) information were obtained via ancestry.co.uk / findmypast.co.uk: Joseph Henry Blackburne was born on Friday, December 10th, 1841 in Chorlton, Manchester. His father was Joseph Blackburn (aged 23, a temperance reformer) and his mother was Ann Pritchard (aged 24). He had eight sons and five daughters. His brother Frederick Pritchard Blackburn died on 11 October 1847 in Lancashire, Lancashire, when Joseph Henry was 5 years old. His sister Clara was born…

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Birthday of IM Ezra Kirk (02-ix-1996)

September 2
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IM Ezra Kirk, Hastings 2012-2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes Happy Birthday to IM Ezra Kirk (02-ix-1996) Ezra G Kirk was born on Monday, September 2nd 1996 in France. Ezra Kirk, Sautron, 2007, Courtesy of Dominique Primel / Chessbase Ezra attended Varndean College, Brighton and then the University of Bath to read Natural Sciences and was an intern at AIR INDUSTRIE THERMIQUE and is currently a Data Product Consultant at the Kubrick Group. He edits chess books written by non-English speaking authors and is an accomplished musician publishing…

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