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June 2021

Death Anniversary of Johannes Zukertort (07-ix-1842 20-vi-1888)

June 20
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Johannes Herman Zukertort (07-ix-1842 20-vi-1888)

BCN Remembers Johannes Hermann Zukertort (07-ix-1842 20-vi-1888) Johannes Hermann Zukertort (07-ix-1842 20-vi-1888), from the Illustrated London News From the July 2012 editorial in British Chess Magazine we had this report : "Johann Hermann Zukertort’s (1842-1888) grave was rededicated last month in London’s crowded Brompton Cemetery, largely thanks to an initiative led by Stuart Conquest. The resting place of one of the leading players of the nineteenth century was recorded but the grave had fallen into terrible dis-repair. See BCM 1888,…

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Death Anniversary of Sir Richard William Barnes Clarke KCB OBE (13-viii-1910 21-vi-1975)

June 21
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Sir Richard William Barnes Clarke (13-xiii-1910 21-vi-1975), National Portrait Gallery, Walter Bird

BCN Remembers Sir Richard William Barnes Clarke KCB OBE (13-viii-1910 21-vi-1975) According to chess-poster.com : "He was commonly known as Otto Clarke” Here is his Wikipedia entry Here is a small article from chess-poster.com Here is detail about the Clarke Grading System and more about chess ratings systems in general From The Oxford Companion to Chess by Hooper & Whyld : Creator of the British system of grading. He gave up active chess after leaving Cambridge University where he played…

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Death Anniversary of Howard Staunton (01-iv-1810 22-vi-1874)

June 22
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Howard Staunton

Here is his Wikipedia entry BCN remembers Howard Staunton (01-iv-1810 22-vi-1874) A curious article about Staunton From The Oxford Companion to Chess by Hooper and Whyld : The world's leading player in the 1840s, founder of a school of chess, promoter of the world’s first international chess tournament, chess columnist and author, Shakespearian scholar. Nothing is known for certain about Staunton's life before 1836, when his name appears as a subscriber to Greenwood Walkers Selection of Games at Chess ,…

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Death Anniversary of Marmaduke Wyvill (22-xii-1815 25-vi-1896)

June 25
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Marmaduke Wyvill Remembering Marmaduke Wyvill (22-xii-1815 25-vi-1896) Here is his Wikipedia entry Here is an excellent article from the Yorkshire Chess History web site. From The Oxford Companion to Chess by Hooper & Whyld : He was winner of second prize in the first international tournament, London 1851. He developed his chess skill in the 1840s, meeting Dubois in Rome, Kieseritzky in Paris, and many players, including Buckle, in London, His style was that of the English school, and he…

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Birthday of FM Bernard Cafferty (27-vi-1934)

June 27
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FM Bernard Cafferty, Hastings Congress 2013-14, courtesy of John Upham Photography BCN wishes FIDE Master Bernard Cafferty best wishes on his 86th birthday, June 27th in 1934. Bernard Cafferty, location, date and photographer unknown On 14th December, 1968, Bernard gave a simultaneous exhibition held at Anglesey School, Burton. He played 17, won 16 and lost 1 to Trevor Bould who was already Burton Champion, photograph from http://www.derbyshirechess.btck.co.uk/History/Exhibitions, photographer unknown Bernard was born in Blackburn, Lancashire (his mother's maiden name was…

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Death Anniversary for Vera Frantsevna Menchik (16-ii-1906 27-vi-1944)

June 27
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Miss Vera Menchik BCN remembers that in the early morning of Tuesday, June 27th, 1944 (i.e. 76 years ago) Vera Menchik, her sister Olga, and their mother were killed in a V-1 flying bomb attack which destroyed their home at 47 Gauden Road in the Clapham area of South London. 47, Gauden Road, Clapham, SW4 6LW in more modern times. All three were cremated at the Streatham Park Crematorium on 4 July 1944. Vera was 38 years old. Signature of…

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July 2021

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…

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

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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…

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

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

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