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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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Death Anniversary of Captain William Davies Evans (27-i-1790 03-viii-1872)

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Captain William Davies Evans (27-i-1790 03-viii-1872)

BCN Remembers Captain William Davies Evans (27-i-1790 03-viii-1872) Captain William Davies Evans (27-i-1790 03-viii-1872) From The Oxford Companion to Chess (OUP, 1984) by Hooper & Whyld : "Inventor of the Evans gambit, for about half a century one of the most popular attacking weapons. He was born in (Musland Farm in the parish of Saint Dogwells,) Pembroke, Wales, went to sea at the age of 14, was employed by the Postal Department from about 1815, and rose to the rank…

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Death Anniversary of FM Max Fuller (28-i-1945 27-viii-2013)

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FM Max Fuller (28-i-1945 27-viii-2013). See full caption in photograph below.

September 15th, 1980. Australian Open Chess Champion Max Fuller (35) is currently on a grand chess playing tour of Britain and Europe. He played in the British Championships last month and has included three tournaments in Denmark in his busy schedule.His tour culminates in Malta in December when he plays in his 8th chess Olympiad.Max has been playing chess since he was 13.He lives in Hamilton Avenue, Earlwood, Sydney.In the picture Max is playing in the Benedictine International Chess tournament…

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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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Death Anniversary of Dr. Paul List (09-ix-1887 09-ix-1954)

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Dr. Paul M List, winner of the British Lightning Championship in Ilford, May, 1953

Remembering Paul List (09-ix-1887 09-ix-1954) From The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match by Klein and Winter : "Paul M List was born in Memel, Lithuania in 1887. After living in Berlin for many years, where he was manager of the bridge and chess rooms in a well-known café-restaurant, he came to this country in 1936. Paul M List He has competed in many tournaments, local and international. He, too, failed to get into the prize list in the recent London International…

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Death Anniversary of WIM Eileen Tranmer (05-v-1910 26-ix-1983)

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WIM Eileen Tranmer (05-v-1910 26-ix-1983). Source : The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match

We remember WIM Eileen Betsy Tranmer who passed away on September 26th, 1983. Eileen Tranmer She was the first English woman to be awarded by FIDE the Woman's International Master title in 1950. "From The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match by Klein and Winter : Miss E. Tranmer was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1910, and learned chess at the age of six. She did not take it up seriously, however, until 1936. Under the tuition of W. Winter she…

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October 2022

Death Anniversary of Philip Walsingham Sergeant (27-i-1872 20-x-1952)

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Philip Walsingham Sergeant from A Century of British Chess from a photograph by F.A. Swaine Ltd. (1934)

BCN remembers Philip Walsingham Sergeant who passed away on Monday, October 20th 1952. PWS was born in Kensington on Saturday, January 27th, 1872 to Lewis Sergeant and Emma Louisa Sergeant (née Robertson) and was baptised at All Saints Church, Notting Hill. According to PWS's baptism record Lewis was an author. According to PWS in A Century of British Chess : "When I was seven years of age - about the period, by the way, in which my father began to…

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November 2022

Death Anniversary of Gordon Crown (20-vi-1929 17-xi-1947)

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Gordon Crown with BCM Editor Julius Du Mont observing

We remember Gordon Crown who died this day (November 17th) in 1947. Gordon Thomas Crown was born on Thursday, June 20th, 1929 to James Crown (born 18th November 1899) and Hilda M Crown (born 3rd October 1900, née Sharrott). James was a refrigerating engineer and Hilda carried out unpaid domestic duties. The birth was registered in the district of West Derby, Lancashire. Gordon attended Holt Secondary School which is now known as Childwall Sports and Science Academy. According to the…

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Death Anniversary of SIM Graham Mitchell (04-xi-1905 19-xi-1984)

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Death Anniversary of SIM Graham Mitchell (04-xi-1905 19-xi-1984)

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Death Anniversary of IM Robert Wade OBE (10-iv-1921 29-xi-2008)

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IM Bob Wade

We remember IM Bob Wade OBE who was born 100 years ago today on Sunday, April 10th 1921 In 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Civil Division Bob Wade was awarded the OBE. The citation read simply : “For services to Chess” He won the BCF Presidents' Award in 1986. In the Foreword to the 2009 ECF Yearbook, President Gerry Walsh wrote : "As I started this report I had just heard the sad news that IM Bob Wade had died…

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