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January 2022

Birthday of GM Neil McDonald (21-i-1967)

January 21
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GM Neil McDonald

We send birthday wishes to GM Neil McDonald born on this day (January 21st) in 1967. Neil McDonald Neil McDonald From Wikipedia : Neil McDonald (born 21 January 1967) is an English chess grandmaster and a player on the international chess circuit. He is an English Chess Federation coach, who has trained many of the country's strongest junior players. McDonald is a regular coach of the English junior team and was Head Coach of the English Chess Federation team at…

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February 2022

Birthday of GM (Elect) Ravi Haria (07-ii-1999)

February 7
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IM Ravi Haria, 2019 British Championships, Torquay

IM Ravi Haria, 2019 British Championships, Torquay BCN sends birthday wishes to IM (and soon to be GM) Ravi Haria. Ravi Haria was born Sunday, February 7th, 1999  in Elstree, Hertfordshire. "Maria" by Blondie was top of the hit parade. Ravi currently resides in London. Ravi attended Lonsdale School in Barnet and then The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and now reads History at University College, London. ECF grading profiles for Ravi Haria Ravi learnt at the age of 6 and joined Barnet…

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March 2022

Birthday of GM Daniel Fernandez (05-iii-1995)

March 5
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IM Daniel Fernandez at the 2014 British Championships in Aberystwyth. Courtesy of John Upham Photography.

BCN wishes Happy Birthday to GM Daniel Fernandez who at 26 is currently England's youngest Grandmaster. The previous GM title holder was Jonathan Hawkins in 2014 making two in seven years. Daniel Howard Fernandez was born in Stockport, Manchester on Sunday, March 5th 1995.  "Think Twice" by Celine Dion was top of the UK hit parade. Daniel started playing chess at the age of seven (after his father taught him the rules) and at this time attended King's School, Harpenden. …

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April 2022

Birthday of GM John Nunn (25-iv-1955)

April 25
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"John DM Nunn Britain' Number 2 chess grandmaster and winner of the Benedictine International Chess Championship Tournament in Manchester pictured during the Benedictine Tournament. September 15th , 1980. Photograph by John C Madden"

BCN wishes GM John Nunn Happy Birthday (25-iv-1955) From The Encyclopaedia of Chess by Harry Golombek : British International master and European Junior Champion, 1975. Born in London, Nunn learned chess at the age of four and soon revealed a great aptitude for the game.   Graham Ladds and John Nunn. See full caption below. Supplied caption for above picture. He came 6th in the Norwich Junior international tournament in 1970 and went up to Oxford University to take a mathematics…

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May 2022

Birthday of IM Max Devereaux (05-v-1976)

May 5
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IM Max Devereaux

IM Maxim Leo Devereaux is now known as IM Maxim Barth Stanford and is registered with the Norwegian Federation

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July 2022

Birthday of FM Marcus Harvey (24-vii-1996)

July 24
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Marcus Harvey at the 2013 Hastings International Congress, Courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes Happy Birthday to FM Marcus Ross Harvey born on this day (Wednesday, July 24th) in 1996. Killing Me Softly by the Fugees was top of the hit parade. Marcus was born in Oxford and attended The Marlborough School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire and then (in 2014) at The University of Southampton he studied mathematics. Originally playing for Bicester Marcus now represents Witney Chess Club in local leagues. Marcus first played in the British Championship in 2011 (Sheffield). Marcus Harvey at…

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Birthday of GM Anthony Kosten (24-vii-1958)

July 24
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Tony Kosten

Birthday of GM Anthony Cornelis Kosten (24-vii-1958) Tony was born in North Eastern Surrey, and eventually relocated to France where he now resides. Tony is married to Gyongyver Kosten-Forintos, the daughter of Hungarian Grandmaster Győző Forintos. Streatham & Brixton becoming BCF National Club Champions in 1989. The team was Tony Kosten, Mark Hedben, Daniel King, Nigel Povah (Captain), Joe Gallagher and Julian Hodgson : quite a strong team Here is his Wikipedia entry Tony played for Lower Earley and played…

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Birthday of GM Nigel Davies (31-vii-1960)

July 31
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Nigel Davies

We send best wishes to GM Nigel Davies on his birthday, this day (July 31st) in 1960. Nigel Rodney Davies was born in Southport, Merseyside. He lived in the Wirral, Merseyside, moved to Sidcup and then to St. Helen's, Merseyside where he resides with his chess playing son, Sam who is ECF 1928A currently. In July 2020 Nigel graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Computing from Edge Hill University. Nigel Davies (centre) at a Lloyds Bank event He became an…

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August 2022

Birthday of CM David Anderton OBE (02-viii-1941)

August 2
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David Anderton OBE from the final 4NCL weekend of 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN sends Best Wishes to CM David Anderton OBE on his 80th birthday (02-viii-1941) 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 continues to reside in Walsall. David is married to Margaret. David Anderton (rhs) congratulates Sir Philip Stuart Milner-Barry for winning the "Board…

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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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