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April 2022

Birthday of GM John Nunn (25-iv-1955)

April 25
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"John DM Nunn Britain' Number 2 chess grandmaster and winner of the Benedictine International Chess Championship Tournament in Manchester pictured during the Benedictine Tournament. September 15th , 1980. Photograph by John C Madden"

BCN wishes GM John Nunn Happy Birthday (25-iv-1955) From The Encyclopaedia of Chess by Harry Golombek : British International master and European Junior Champion, 1975. Born in London, Nunn learned chess at the age of four and soon revealed a great aptitude for the game.   Graham Ladds and John Nunn. See full caption below. Supplied caption for above picture. He came 6th in the Norwich Junior international tournament in 1970 and went up to Oxford University to take a mathematics…

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May 2022

Death Anniversary of John Barrow (12-xi-1890 14-v-1943)

May 14
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Death Anniversary of John Hugh Barrow (12-xi-1890 14-v-1943) From chesscomposers.com : "John Barrow composed direct mates and helpmates."

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Death Anniversary of Brian Harley (27-x-1883 18-v-1955)

May 18
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Brian Harley (27-10-1883 18-v-1955), from chesscomposers.com and Chess Notes Death Anniversary of Brian Harley (27-x-1883 18-v-1955) From chesscomposers.com : "Brian Harley composed mostly two- or threemovers and wrote many books to make chess problems more popular: for instance his "Mate in Two Moves" inspired Geoff Foster's first steps into problemdom. Harley's "The Modern Two-move Chess Problem" written in collaboration with Comins Mansfield is probably the best known of his efforts. Brian Harley was the inventor of the term "mutate" for…

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Death Anniversary of Guy Chandler (21-viii-1889 25-v-1980)

May 25
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Guy Wills Chandler (21-viii-1889 25-v-1980), scanned from Chess Pie 1922 by Michael McDowell

Death Anniversary of Guy Wills Chandler (21-viii-1889 25-v-1980) From The Encyclopedia of Chess by Anne Sunnucks : "International Judge of FIDE for Chess Compositions, Chandler, who was born on 21st August 1889, has composed about 125 two and three-move problems, all in traditional style. Some 30 have gained tourney honours. He was the chess editor of the Hampshire Telegraph and Post from 1911-1921 and he was a founder member of the British Chess Problem Society, Its Hon. Secretary from 1919…

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June 2022

Death Anniversary of Robin Matthews (16-vi-1927 19-vi-1983)

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RCO Matthews

BCN remembers Robin Matthews CBE, FBA who died in Cambridge aged 83 on June 19th 2010. Probate (3367272) was granted in Ipswich, Suffolk on September 6th, 2010. Robert (Robin) Charles Oliver Matthews was born in Edinburgh on Thursday, June 16th 1927. Born on the same day was England cricketer, Tom Graveney. His English father, Oliver Harwood Matthews became an Edinburgh solicitor and his mother was Ida Matthews (née) Finlay.  Robin had a daughter Alison. Academia He was educated at Edinburgh…

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July 2022

Birthday of FM David Friedgood (11-vii-1946)

July 11
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FM David Friedgood at the 2019 British Championships in Torquay.

Birthday of FM David Friedgood (11-vii-1946) David was born in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa and now resides in England. He first won the South Africa Championship in 1967 in Johannesburg, again in 1971, and in 1973 in Cape Town when his main rivals were Piet Kroon and Charles de Villiers. He plays for Cavendish, Hendon and 4NCL MK Phoenix. He gained his FM title in 1982. His peak rating of 2335 was achieved in January, 1980. David Friedgood…

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Birthday of John Rice (19-vii-1937)

July 19
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John Michael Rice

BCN sends best wishes to John Michael Rice on his birthday, July 19th in 1937. John was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, North Riding, his mother's maiden name was Blake. John lives in Surbiton, Surrey and teaches Modern Languages at Tiffin School, Kingston-Upon-Thames. An ABC of Chess Problems From An ABC of Chess Problems : "The author is one of the country's most prolific foremost composers and problem critics. He has gained mainly tourney honours, both at home and abroad, and…

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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

Birthday of Barry Barnes (01-viii-1937)

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Barry Peter Barnes by Jean Barnes

BCN wishes happy birthday to Barry Barnes (01-viii-1937) Barry Peter Barnes was born in Brighton and his mother's maiden name was Simpole. (Barry is a cousin of Julian Ivan Peter Simpole, who was a Brighton school teacher and who taught Edward Gerard Winter to play chess). Barry now lives in Halling, Rochester, Kent with his wife Jean. From The Encyclopedia of Chess (Robert Hale, 1970 & 1976) by Anne Sunnucks : "International Master of FIDE for Chess Compositions (1967) and…

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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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