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August 2022

Death Anniversary of CM David Anderton OBE (02-viii-1941 01-iv-2022)

August 1
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David Anderton OBE from the final 4NCL weekend of 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN remembers CM David Anderton OBE who passed away on Friday, April 1st, 2022 aged 80. In the 1977 New Years Honours List, Civil Division, David was awarded the OBE. The citation read simply : “For services to Chess” David William Anderton was born in the district of Walsall, Staffordshire, West Midlands. His mother's maiden name was Coltart and David resided in Walsall. David was married to Doreen in 2005. David Anderton (rhs) congratulates Sir Philip Stuart Milner-Barry for winning…

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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 Bill Hartston (12-viii-1947)

August 12
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IM William Hartston, FIDE Candidates, 2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography On the "glorious twelfth" of August we celebrate the birthday of one of England's most popular chess players and writers, IM Bill Hartston. William Roland Hartston was born in Willesden, Middlesex on Tuesday, August 12th, 1947. His father was William Hartston, a significant member of the Royal College of Physicians who was married to Mary Rowland. Bill has a sister. Bill Hartston He studied at the City of London…

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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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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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September 2022

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

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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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Birthday of IM Lorin D’Costa (05-ix-1984)

September 5
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IM Lorin D'Costa. London Chess Classic 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of IM Lorin D'Costa (05-ix-1984) Lorin Alexander P D'Costa was born on Wednesday, September 5th 1984. "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner was number one in the UK singles chart. His mother's maiden name was Antheunis. According to Wikipedia : "Lorin is a masculine given name. The meaning of Lorin derives from a bay or laurel plant; of Laurentum (wreathed/crowned with laurel). Laurentum, in turn is from laurus (laurel), from the place of laurel trees,…

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Death Anniversary of FM John Littlewood (25-v-1931 16-ix-2009)

September 16
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FM John Littlewood (25-v-1931 16-ix-2009)

John Eric Littlewood was born in Sheffield on Wednesday, September 16th 1931. His mother's maiden name was Wheeldon. He last resided in the WN8 postal area of Skelmersdale, Lancashire. He became a FIDE Master in 1989 at the age of 58. According to Felice his peak FIDE rating was 2395 in January 1980. However, it is almost certain that it would have been higher than that, in the 1960s and 1970s. John, Jenny and Paul Littlewood, circa 1962. Kindly supplied…

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Birthday of FM James Cavendish (20-ix-1972)

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Birthday of FM James Cavendish (20-ix-1972)

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Death Anniversary of WIM Rowena Bruce (15-v-1919 24-ix-1999)

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WIM Rowena Bruce (15-v-1919 24-ix-1999). Source : The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match.

We remember WIM Rowena Bruce who died this day (September 24th) in 1999. Rowena Mary Dew was born on Thursday, May 15th, 1919 in Plymouth, Devon. Her father was Clement Warner Harvey Dew and her mother was Mary Jane Rowe. The Bruce and Dew families circa 1923. Rowena is at the front and on the right aged around four years. Source : ancestry.co.uk She married Ronald Mackay Bruce in July 1940 when she was 21 years old. Her father Clement…

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