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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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July 2021

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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November 2021

Death Anniversary of SIM Graham Mitchell (04-xi-1905 19-xi-1984)

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Death Anniversary of SIM Graham Mitchell (04-xi-1905 19-xi-1984)

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Death Anniversary of IM Robert Wade OBE (10-iv-1921 29-xi-2008)

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IM Bob Wade

We remember IM Bob Wade OBE who was born 100 years ago today on Sunday, April 10th 1921 In 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Civil Division Bob Wade was awarded the OBE. The citation read simply : “For services to Chess” He won the BCF Presidents' Award in 1986. In the Foreword to the 2009 ECF Yearbook, President Gerry Walsh wrote : "As I started this report I had just heard the sad news that IM Bob Wade had died…

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December 2021

Death Anniversary of Frank Parr (17-xii-1918 28-xii-2003)

December 28
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Death Anniversary of Frank Parr (17-xii-1918 28-xii-2003)

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February 2022

Death Anniversary for Edith Baird (née Winter-Wood) (22-ii-1859 01-ii-1924)

February 1, 2022
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Edith Elina Helen Baird

We remember Edith Baird (née Winter-Wood) Edith Elina Helen Winter-Wood was born on Tuesday, 22nd February, 1859 to Thomas Winter-Wood, a writer and poet, and Eliza Ann (Sole) Winter-Wood in Boulogne, France. Many secondary and tertiary sources incorrectly give the Winter-Woods family home of Hareston Manor (now a venue for weddings) near Brixton, Plymouth, Devon as her birthplace. Hareston Manor near Plymouth The family was resident in Boulogne in at least 1858 (as discussed below) and a UK birth certificate…

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Death Anniversary of IM Čeněk Kottnauer (24-ii-1910 14-ii-1996)

February 14, 2022
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IM Čeněk Kottnauer

BCN remembers IM Čeněk Kottnauer (24-ii-1910 14-ii-1996) Čeněk Kottnauer was born in Prague on Thursday, February 24th, 1910. Čeněk was employed in the Ministry of Education in Prague. Whilst playing in the Lucerne International tournament (28-xii-1952 03-i-1953) he sought political asylum : From the Milwaukee Journal, January 3, 1953 we have "Czech Chess Star Asks for Asylum Lucerne, Switzerland - Cenek Kottnauer, 42, Czecho-Slovakian chess champion and an employee of the ministry of education in Prague, announced Saturday that he…

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Death Anniversary of Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (15-ii-1974)

February 15, 2022
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Hugh Alexander at Margate 1938

We remember Hugh Alexander who passed away on Friday, 15-ii-1974. The death was registered in the Borough of Cheltenham.  Currently his burial / cremation site is unknown. Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander was born on Monday, April 19th, 1909 in Cork, Munster, Republic of Ireland. Signature of CHO'D Alexander from August 1970 Hugh's parents were Conel William Long Alexander (1879-1920) and Hilda Barbara Alexander (née Bennett) (1881-1964) who married in Hook Church, Hampshire. His father was a Professor of Civil Engineering…

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Death Anniversary of Raaphi Persitz (26-vii-1934 04-ii-2009)

February 16, 2022
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Raaphi Persitz

Death Anniversary of Raaphi Persitz (26-vii-1934 04-ii-2009)

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