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July 2021

Birthday of John Michael Rice (19-vii-1937)

July 19
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John Michael Rice BCN sends best wishes to John Michael Rice on his birthday, July 19th in 1937. John was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, North Riding, his mother's maiden name was Blake. John lives in Surbiton, Surrey and teaches Modern Languages at Tiffin School, Kingston-Upon-Thames. An ABC of Chess Problems From An ABC of Chess Problems : "The author is one of the country's most prolific foremost composers and problem critics. He has gained mainly tourney honours, both at home…

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Birthday of (Arthur) John Roycroft (25-vii-1929)

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(Arthur) John Roycroft We are delighted to offer (Arthur) John Roycroft best wishes on his birthday, this day (July 25th) in 1929. John was born in Hendon, London and his mother's maiden name was Banks. AJR aged 9, courtesy of the BCPS web site. John moved to Brighton and then evacuated to Calcot, North Wales and returned to Brighton when the threat had subsided. He married Betty in 1961 and they had a son and a daughter and now have…

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August 2021

Birthday of Barry Peter Barnes (01-viii-1937)

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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…

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Death Anniversary of John Driver (21-vii-1928 01-viii-1979)

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Death Anniversary of John Edward Driver (21-vii-1928 01-viii-1979) See Sunnucks From The Encyclopaedia of Chess (Batsford, 1977), Harry Golombek OBE, John Rice writes: "British problemist. Output consists of two-movers, helpmates and fairy problems. Inventor of the Edgehog, a fairy piece which moves along Q-lines but always either to or from a square at the board-edge."

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September 2021

Death Anniversary of Hugh Francis Blandford (24-i-1917 20-ix-1981)

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Hugh Francis Blandford

BCN remembers Hugh Blandford who was a British composer. Hugh Francis Blandford was born on Wednesday, January 24th in 1917 in South Stoneham, Hampshire, England. On this day Ernest Borgnine was born and an earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude struck Anhui Province, China, causing 101 deaths. Hugh's father was the Rev Albert Francis Blandford and his mother was Alice Rhoda Crumpton Evans. Hugh had two younger brothers, Philip Thomas. and Evan Arthur. The family moved to Jamaica and he spent…

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October 2021

Death Anniversary of Norman Martin Gibbins (15-x-1882 09-x-1956)

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Death Anniversary of Norman Martin Gibbins (15-x-1882 09-x-1956) See http://davidgibbins.com/journal/2013/5/28/war-in-another-dimension

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November 2021

Death Anniversary of A(rthur) Christopher Reeves (19-ii-1939 03-xii-2012)

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Death Anniversary of Arthur Christopher Reeves (19-ii-1939 3-xii-2012) From The Encyclopaedia of Chess (Batsford, 1977), Harry Golombek OBE, John Rice writes: British problemist, output consists of skilfully constructed two-movers in the modern style. See Sunnucks

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Death Anniversary of Charles Edward Kemp (09-xi-1986)

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Death Anniversary of Charles Edward Kemp (09-xi-1986)

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Death Anniversary for Anthony Dickins (01-xi-1914 25-xi-1987)

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Anthony Dickins (01-xi-1914 25-xi-1987)

We remember Anthony Dickins who passed away this day (Wednesday, November 25th) in 1987. Anthony Stewart Mackay Dickins was born at 1 Rivers Street, Bath, Somerset on Sunday, November 1st, 1914. On this day was the Battle of Coronel — The Royal Navy suffered its first defeat of World War I, after a British squadron commanded by Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock met and was defeated by superior German forces led by Vice-Admiral Maximilian von Spee in the eastern Pacific. 1,…

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December 2021

Birthday of David Shire (13-xii-1947)

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David J Shire

Happy Birthday to David Shire. David John Shire was born on Saturday, December 13th 1947. On the same day "Ballerina" by Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra hit #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores record chart.

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