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July 2022

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)

July 11
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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 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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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 several grand children.…

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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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Birthday of IM Bill Hartston (12-viii-1947)

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IM William Hartston, FIDE Candidates, 2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography On the "glorious twelfth" of August we celebrate the birthday of one of England's most popular chess players and writers, IM Bill Hartston. William Roland Hartston was born in Willesden, Middlesex on Tuesday, August 12th, 1947. His father was William Hartston, a significant member of the Royal College of Physicians who was married to Mary Rowland. Bill has a sister. Bill Hartston He studied at the City of London…

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Birthday of Peter Griffiths (15-viii-1946)

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Peter Griffiths (15-viii-1946)

BCN sends Happy birthday wishes to Peter Griffiths Peter Charles Griffiths was born on Thursday, August 15th, in 1946 in Birmingham, Warwickshire. His mother's maiden name was Ward. Peter was a strong player active from the 1960s until 1989. He played in the British Championships more than once and was a professional coach and writer. He wrote the column "Practical Chess Endings" which appeared in the British Chess Magazine. The column commenced in the December 1972 issue and columns became…

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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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