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October 2021

Birthday of FM Alexander Longson (01-x-1982)

October 1
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FM Alex Longson, London Chess Classic 2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of FM Alexander Longson (01-x-1982)

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Birthday of WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) (02-x-1988)

October 2
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WFM Sarah Longson

We send best wishes to WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) on her birthday this day, (October 2nd) in 1988. From Sarah's web site : "I have played competitive chess since the age of 7 when I became UK U7 Girls Chess Champion and appeared on Blue Peter where I met the then world champion Garry Kasparov. Since then I have represented England in many international competitions and in 2013 won the British Ladies Championship." In 2016 Sarah and partner FM…

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May 2022

Death Anniversary of Andrew Thomas (11-x-1904 16-v-1985)

May 16, 2022
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ARB Thomas and Jonathan Penrose at the Hastings Congress

Signature of ARB Thomas from a Brian Reilly "after dinner" postcard from Southsea 1951. Here is his Wikipedia entry ARB Thomas in play with FEA Kitto BCN remembers Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas (11-x-1904 16-v-1985) We cannot improve on this excellent article about ARBT on the Chess Devon web site David Hooper (seated right) in play at the West of England Championships in Bristol, Easter, 1947. His opponent , ARB Thomas , was that year's champion. Among the spectators is Mrs.…

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June 2022

Birthday of FM Tim Wall (29-vi-1966)

June 29, 2022
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FM Tim Wall, Torquay 2019

Birthday of FM Tim P Wall (29-vi-1966)

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July 2022

Birthday of IM Lawrence Cooper (16-vii-1970)

July 16, 2022
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IM Lawrence Hugh Cooper, photograph from Cathy Rogers

BCN wishes Happy Birthday to IM Lawrence Cooper (16-vii-1970) Lawrence was born in Stone, Staffordshire and attend Walton High School, Stafford. Lawrence Cooper, Demis Hassabis, Cathy Hasslinger and Dharshan Kumaran in around 1986. Possibly at a Lloyds Bank event. He became a FIDE Master in 1989 and then an International Master in 2001. Lawrence was awarded the FIDE International Organiser title in 2011 and the FIDE Arbiter title in 2016. Tim Dickinson and Lawrence Cooper at the 2012 London Chess…

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Birthday of IM Nigel Povah (17-vii-1952)

July 17, 2022
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IM Nigel Povah

BCN wishes IM Nigel Edward Povah all the best on his birthday, July 17th in 1952. Nigel Povah, from Knightmare, Volume 2 (1976-77) drawn by Chris Jones. Nigel was born in Wandsworth, London. He became a FIDE Master in 1980, an International Master in 1983 and an International Correspondence Master in 1983. He became England's 7th ICCF GM in 1989. His predecessors were : 210048 Markland, Peter Richard ENG GM 1984 210060 Penrose, Dr. Jonathan ENG GM 1983 210178 Webb,…

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August 2022

Birthday of IM Malcolm Pein (14-viii-1960)

August 14, 2022
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IM Malcolm Pein at the 2019 British Championships in Torquay, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN sends IM Malcolm Pein best wishes on his 61st birthday. IM Malcolm Pein at the King's Place Rapidplay 2013, photograph courtesy of John Upham Malcolm Bernard Pein was born in Liverpool (South). South Lancashire and his mother's maiden name is Max. (Gaige, Felice and chessgames.com all incorrectly have Malcolm L. Pein). Malcolm Pein This was written about Malcolm aged 19 just prior to the 1979 Spassky vs the BCF Junior Squad simultaneous display : " London University and Liverpool,…

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Birthday of Leonard Barden (20-viii-1929)

August 20, 2022
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Leonard Barden (Linda Nylind of the Guardian)

Ninety-two today is Leonard Barden, born Tuesday, August 20th, 1929. His mother's maiden was Bartholomew and she became Elise EM Barden when she married Leonard's father who was William C Barden and in 1939 they lived at 89, Tennison Road, Croydon. 89, Tennison Road, Croydon From The Encyclopedia of Chess (Batsford, 1977) by Harry Golombek OBE: "British Master and joint British Champion 1954. Barden was born in Croydon and learned to play at his school, Whitgift, which became a frequent…

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Birthday of FM Kevin O’Connell (28-viii-1949)

August 28, 2022
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Kevin O'Connell at the London Chess Conference, 2016, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes happy birthday to FM Kevin O'Connell (28-viii-1949) Kevin J O'Connell Kevin John O'Connell was born on Sunday, August 28th 1949 in London. Kevin attended Ilford County High School and The University of Essex following by an MSc in Sports Sciences at The University of Essex. The Batsford Chess Yearbook According to The Games of Robert J. Fischer : "Kevin is an Essex county player and bulletin editor". Kevin J O'Connell According to How to Play the Sicilian Defence…

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October 2022

Birthday of FM Alexander Longson (01-x-1982)

October 1, 2022
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FM Alex Longson, London Chess Classic 2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of FM Alexander Longson (01-x-1982)

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