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June 2022

Birthday of IM Robert Bellin (30-vi-1952)

June 30
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IM Robert Bellin, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN sends IM Robert Bellin best wishes on his birthday, this day (the 30th of June) in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk Robert was awarded the IM title in 1977. He was outright British Champion in 1979 in Chester having tied first equal (with six others) in 1974 in Clacton. The play-off was won by George Botterill. His best international success was in 1981 in Shanghai coming clear first overall. Robert Bellin with Leonard Barden and Stewart Reuben at the 1978 Aaronson…

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July 2022

Death Anniversary of IM Andrew Whiteley (09-vi-1947 07-vii-2014)

July 7
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Andrew Whiteley circa 1965 ?, photographer is Colin Davey of Camera Press

BCN remembers IM Andrew Jonathan Whiteley (09-vi-1947 07-vii-2014) Andrew Whiteley Andrew was born on Monday, June 9th, 1947 in Birmingham, West Midlands to Denys Edward Hugh Whiteley (1914 - 1987) and Muriel Sutton (1919 - 1967). Andrew had two siblings, Robert N (Birmingham, 1944) and Angela M (Oxford 1952). Denys Edward Hugh Whiteley (1914 - 1987, from Ancestry.co.uk Andrew completed his education at Magdalen College School, Oxford and then in law at Pembroke College, Oxford. Andrew and friends at the…

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Birthday of FM David Friedgood (11-vii-1946)

July 11
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FM David Friedgood at the 2019 British Championships in Torquay.

Birthday of FM David Friedgood (11-vii-1946) David was born in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa and now resides in England. He first won the South Africa Championship in 1967 in Johannesburg, again in 1971, and in 1973 in Cape Town when his main rivals were Piet Kroon and Charles de Villiers. He plays for Cavendish, Hendon and 4NCL MK Phoenix. He gained his FM title in 1982. His peak rating of 2335 was achieved in January, 1980. David Friedgood…

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Birthday of IM A Howard Williams (11-viii-1950)

July 11
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IM A Howard Williams

Birthday of IM A Howard Williams (11-viii-1950)

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Birthday of IM Lawrence Cooper (16-vii-1970)

July 16
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IM Lawrence Hugh Cooper, photograph from Cathy Rogers

BCN wishes Happy Birthday to IM Lawrence Cooper (16-vii-1970) Lawrence was born in Stone, Staffordshire and attend Walton High School, Stafford. Lawrence Cooper, Demis Hassabis, Cathy Hasslinger and Dharshan Kumaran in around 1986. Possibly at a Lloyds Bank event. He became a FIDE Master in 1989 and then an International Master in 2001. Lawrence was awarded the FIDE International Organiser title in 2011 and the FIDE Arbiter title in 2016. Tim Dickinson and Lawrence Cooper at the 2012 London Chess…

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Death Anniversary of Dr. Julian Farrand QC (Hon) (13-viii-1935 17-vii-2020)

July 17
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Prof. Julian T Farrand at the King's Place Rapidplay, 2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN mourns the passing of Dr. Julian Farrand (13-viii-1935 17-vii-2020). He was 84 years of age. Julian Thomas Farrand was born August 13th, 1935 in Doncaster in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Dr. Farrand QC(Hon), formerly the Insurance Ombudsman, became the Pensions Ombudsman, and he had been a Law Commissioner and a University Professor of Law at the University of Manchester where he was Dean of the faculty. Most recently he lived in Morpeth, London, SW1. Dr JULIAN FARRAND Pensions…

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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 Julian Hodgson (25-vii-1963)

July 25
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GM Julian Michael Hodgson

We send best wishes to GM Julian Hodgson on his birthday, this day July 25th in 1963. Julian Michael Hodgson was born in Hammersmith, West London son of (Ronald) George Hodgson and Johanna Hodgson (née Birch). Julian has claimed to be a descendent of George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys and we are looking to establish this claim following further research. Julian attended St. Paul's School (See below) and then attended The University of Leicester for one year. Julian married Lizette…

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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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