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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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Death Anniversary of FM David Rumens (23-ix-1939 08-vii-2017)

July 8
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FM Dave Rumens enjoys being introduced as "The late Dave Rumens" at the 2013 Terafinal by Mike Basman, Loughborough Grammar School. Courtesy of John Upham Photography BCN remembers FM David Edward Rumens who passed away on July 8th, 2017 David was born in Hendon, London (his mother's maiden name was Little). In his latter years he lived in Olney and then Wavendon both in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. He became a FIDE Master in 1980 at the age of 41. According…

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Death Anniversary of Ken Whyld (06-iii-1926 11-vii-2003)

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Ken Whyld (06-iii-1926 11-vii-2003)

BCN remembers much loved Ken Whyld who passed away on July 11th 2003 in Lincolnshire. Ken Whyld from CHESS magazine, January 1950. courtesy of the Ken Whyld Association From Chess : The Records : "Ken Whyld was the editor of Chess Students Quarterly in the early 1950s and from 1955-63, Chess Reader, in which he reviewed more than 500 chess books. He has written seven tournament books and one match book. Ken Whyld (06-iii-1926 11-vii-2003) With J. Gilchrist he wrote…

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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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Death Anniversary of Sir George Thomas, 7th Baronet (14-vi-1881 23-vii-1972)

July 23
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Sir George Thomas, President of the Anglo-Soviet Chess Circle. Captain of the British Team

Death Anniversary of Sir George Alan Thomas, 7th Baronet (14-vi-1881 23-vii-1972) Signature of GA Thomas from a Brian Reilly "after dinner" postcard from Hastings Christmas Congress, 1945-1946 From The Encyclopedia of Chess (BT Batsford, 1977) by Harry Golombek : "British international master, born in Constantinople (previously Byzantium and currently Istanbul : Ed.) His mother (Lady Edith Margaret Thomas : Ed) was one of the strongest English women players, winner of the first Ladies tournament at Hastings 1895. (Ed : his…

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Death Anniversary of Johann Löwenthal (15-vii-1810 24-vii-1876)

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ohann Löwenthal (15-vii-1810 24-vii-1876)

Death Anniversary Johann Löwenthal (15-vii-1810 24-vii-1876)

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Death Anniversary of WFM Jessica Gilbert (30-i-1987 26-vii-2007)

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Jessie Gilbert

Death Anniversary of WFM Jessica Laura Corey Gilbert (30-i-1987 26-vii-2007) From Find A Grave by by Peterborough K: "Professional Chess Player. A native of Croydon, England, Gilbert became the youngest person ever to win the Women's World Chess Federation Master Title. A talented chess player since the age of 8, she also won the Women's World Amateur Championship when she represented England in 1999 at the age of 11. In a career that spanned over seven years she played in…

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August 2022

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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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 Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825 20-viii-1874)

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Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825 10-viii-1874)

Death Anniversary of Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825 20-viii-1874) From The Oxford Companion to Chess (OUP, 1984) by David Hooper and Ken Whyld : "One of the strongest English players during the 1850s, He made little impression in his one and only tournament, London 1862, but is remembered for having scored more wins than anyone else in friendly play against Morphy in 1858. He reduced his corpulence by 130 pounds in ten months and as a result died. " He is…

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