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September 2021

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

September 20
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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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Death Anniversary of WIM Rowena Bruce (15-v-1919 24-ix-1999)

September 24
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WIM Rowena Bruce (15-v-1919 24-ix-1999). Source : The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match.

We remember WIM Rowena Bruce who died this day (September 24th) in 1999. Rowena Mary Dew was born on Thursday, May 15th, 1919 in Plymouth, Devon. Her father was Clement Warner Harvey Dew and her mother was Mary Jane Rowe. The Bruce and Dew families circa 1923. Rowena is at the front and on the right aged around four years. Source : ancestry.co.uk She married Ronald Mackay Bruce in July 1940 when she was 21 years old. Her father Clement…

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

September 26
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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. 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 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 has made notable progress,…

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October 2021

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

October 9
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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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Death Anniversary of Charles Fox (09-xi-1866 11-x-1935)

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Charles Masson Fox

BCN remembers Charles Fox (09-xi-1866 11-x-1935) Charles Masson Fox was born on Friday, November 9th 1866 in Falmouth, Cornwall. his father, Howard, was 29 and his mother, Olivia Blanche Orme, was 22. He had one brother and two sisters. His sister Olivia Lloyd was born on 5 February 1868 in Falmouth, Cornwall, when Charles Masson was 1 year old. His sister Stella was born on 11 December 1876 in Falmouth, Cornwall, when Charles Masson was 10 years old. In 1881…

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

October 20
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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 and was baptised at All Saints Church, Notting Hill. According to PWS's baptism record Lewis was an author. According to the 1881 census PWS (aged 9) lived with his parents and numerous siblings : Dorothy (aged 7), Winifred (6), Hilda (5), Bernard (2), John (his grandfather aged 76) and Mary…

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Death Anniversary of Reginald Broadbent (03-viii-1906 29-x-1988)

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In simultaneous play at the central cafe, Mr. RJ Broadbent pauses at the board of Mr. J. Nowell, original source : The Yorkshire Observer

We remember Reginald Broadbent who passed away on October 29th 1988. Reginald Joseph Broadbent was born on Friday, August 3rd 1906 (the year of the San Francisco earthquake) in Durban, South Africa. His father was Joseph Edward Broadbent (born 1879) who married Alice Cook on January 4th, 1930 in Durban. According to the 1911 Isle of Man Census (FindMyPast, Richard James; thanks!) the Broadbent family (sans father) stayed at a guest house in Onchan on the night of February 2nd…

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November 2021

Death Anniversary of Jacob Sarratt (?-?- 1772 06-xi-1819)

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Jacob Henry Sarratt

We remember Jacob Henry Sarratt who died 201 years ago today (November 6th) in 1819. Chess historians will, of course, be familiar with JHS but the name is (probably) not well known outside these exalted circles. Possibly his most obvious contribution to chess in England was in 1807 when he influenced the result of games that ended in stalemate. You may not know that in England prior to 1807 a game that ended in stalemate was recorded as a win…

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Birthday of FM Richard Eales (08-xi-1949)

November 8
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FM Richard Eales talks about Malik Mir Sultan Khan

Birthday of FM Richard Geoffrey Eales (08-xi-1949)

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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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