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October 2021

Birthday of IM Simon Knott (19-X-1958)

October 19
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IM Simon Knott

We offer best wishes to IM Simon John Bradley Knott on his birthday Simon was born on Sunday, October 19th 1958 in Lambeth, London to Simon Harold John Arthur Knott and Josephine Whowell. Simon attended Trinity College, Cambridge. He became a FIDE Master in 1990 and an International Master in 2001. According to Felice and Megabase 2020 his peak FIDE rating was 2401 in October 2002 at the age of 43. Simon was Southern Counties (SCCU) champion in the 1995-96…

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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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Birthday of IM Adam Hunt (21-x-1980)

October 21
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IM Adam Hunt

We offer IM Adam Hunt best wishes on his birthday. Adam Ceiriog Hunt was born on Tuesday, October 21st, 1980 in Oxford and his mother's maiden name was Williams. The UK Number one single was "Woman in Love" by Barbara Streisand. Adam shares his birthday with Kim Kardashian. (Ceiriog was the bardic name of John Ceiriog Hughes (1832–87) Adam attended The Cherwell School and The University of Sussex to study general biology. Jeremy Morse, Adam Hunt (12), Nick Pert (11)…

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Birthday of IM Susan Lalic (28-x-1965)

October 28
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IM Susan Lalic

BCN wishes IM Susan Lalic Happy Birthday Susan Kathryn Walker was born on Thursday, October 28th, 1965 in Chatham, Kent. Her mother's maiden is / was Bacon. She has a brother, Stephen. She attended Nonsuch High School for Girls from 1977 to 1984. Susan married Keith Arkell in 1986 and then Bogdan Lalic in Lewes, East Sussex in 1994 and finally Graeme Buckley in Sutton in 2001. With Bogdan she had a son, Peter D, who is a strong player…

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

October 29
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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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Birthday of IM Eddie Dearing (30-x-1980)

October 30
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GM David Howell vs IM Eddie Dearing, Drunken Knights vs Wood Green, June 2014, Courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN send best wishes to IM Eddie Dearing on his birthday. Edward J Dearing was born on Sunday, October 30th, 1980 in Scotland. Eddie Dearing publicity photograph, from EDs Facebook page. In 2002 Eddie shared first place (with Karl Mah) in the Smith and Williamson Young Masters with 6/9 with a TPR of 2458 : Cross table for the 2012 Smith and Williamson Young Masters He became an International Master in 2002 and, according to Felice and Megabase 2020 achieved…

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November 2021

Birthday of IM Gary Lane (04-xi-1964)

November 4
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IM Gary Lane

We send birthday wishes "down under" to IM Gary Lane on his birthday. Teresa Needham and Gary Lane Gary William Lane was born this day (November 4th) in 1964 in Paignton, Devon. IM Gary Lane Gary lived in Brixham, Devon and attended Churston Ferrers Grammar School (also in Brixham) leaving in 1983. Gary became a FIDE Master in 1984 and an International Master in 1987 and won the Commonwealth Chess Championship in 1988. According to Felice and Megabase2020 his peak…

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Birthday of IM Gavin Wall (05-xii-1968)

November 5
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IM Gavin Wall

Best Wishes to IM Gavin Wall on this birthday, this day (December 5th) in 1968. Gavin is an Irish International Master whose peak rating (according to Chessbase) was 2413 at the age of 35. IM Gavin Wall {[%evp 0,78,30,23,23,10,65,71,75,56,61,57,44,16,13,10,36,13,13,18,57,69,80,88, 89,88,88,65,95,86,110,47,60,14,14,20,-32,-28,-71,-89,-92,-31,-13,-20,0,-13,129, 0,-22,-21,-51,-122,-127,-113,-105,-224,-237,-494,-494,-497,-495,-533,-494,-591, -625,-630,-662,-666,-709,-711,-709,-728,-722,-715,-726,-712,-709,-710,-710, -710,-716]} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. Qf3 O-O 7. Nf5 Bxf5 8. Qxf5 Nc6 9. Be3 Ne5 10. Be2 b5 11. Nxb5 g6 $6 $146 (11... Rb8)…

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Birthday of IM Philip Morris (05-xi-1957)

November 5
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Reenen duToit, Philip Gregory, Alan Hanreck, Tony Stebbings, Philip Morris, Conor Murphy

We wish IM Philip J Morris all the best on his birthday, this day (November 5th) in 1967. Phil plays regularly for Beckenham & Charlton Chess Club in the London Chess League and has played for Invicta Knights Maidstone in the Four Nations League. {[%evp 0,50,19,-12,11,19,14,21,86,76,67,21,23,35,73,30,59,-20,11,23,4,8,27,20, 25,12,17,9,-2,21,25,32,39,37,30,-8,-8,-27,-27,-27,-48,-52,-78,-78,-80,-258, -275,-335,-342,-532,-609,-614,-635]} 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. d4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 g6 7. Bg5 Bg7 8. Qa4+ Nc6 9. e3 Bd7 10. Qa3 Qa5 11. Qxa5…

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

November 6
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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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