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September 2021

Death Anniversary of Hugh Francis Blandford (24-i-1917 20-ix-1981)

September 20
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Hugh Francis Blandford

BCN remembers Hugh Blandford who was a British composer. Hugh Francis Blandford was born on Wednesday, January 24th in 1917 in South Stoneham, Hampshire, England. On this day Ernest Borgnine was born and an earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude struck Anhui Province, China, causing 101 deaths. Hugh's father was the Rev Albert Francis Blandford and his mother was Alice Rhoda Crumpton Evans. Hugh had two younger brothers, Philip Thomas. and Evan Arthur. The family moved to Jamaica and he spent…

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October 2021

Happy Birthday Susan Caldwell (02-x-1958)

October 2
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Susan Caldwell

Happy Birthday Susan Linda Caldwell (02-x-1958) Susan is / was a director of the Hallas Foundation Ltd. and Larkham Printers and Publishers Ltd. and is married to former Scottish international Les SF Blackstock. Susan Caldwell playing board two in the London - Belgrade Telex Match on April 3rd, 1976 from the St. James Hotel, Buckingham Gate. Sourced from BCM, Volume XCVI (96), Number 5, page 192. Photographer probably Freddy Reilly. A few (11) of her games may be found on…

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Birthday of GM David Norwood (03-x-1968)

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IM David Norwood at the 1988 Oakham Young Masters. Photo by Steven Stepak

We wish David Norwood all the best on his birthday, David Robert Norwood was born in Farnworth, Bolton, Greater Manchester on October 3rd 1968 to an electrician. His mother's maiden name was Mellor. Mary Hopkin was still UK number one with "Those were the days" and would remain at number one for six weeks in total. David Norwood David read history at Keeble College, Oxford before pursuing a successful business career (see below). David became an International Master in 1985…

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Birthday of IM Andrew Greet (05-x-1979)

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IM Andrew Greet

IM Andrew Greet BCN wishes IM Andrew Greet best wishes on his birthday. Andrew Nicholas Greet was born on Friday, October 5th, 1979 in the cathedral city of Truro, Cornwall and has resided in St. Austell, Cornwall. "Message in a Bottle" by The Police held the number one spot in the UK singles chart (three weeks in total). Andrew attended Truro School leaving in 1998. Andrew became a FIDE Master in 2004 and an International Master in 2005. His peak…

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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)

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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 FM Richard Eales (08-xi-1949)

November 8
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FM Richard Eales talks about Malik Mir Sultan Khan

Birthday of FM Richard Geoffrey Eales (08-xi-1949)

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Birthday of GM Simon Williams (30-xi-1979)

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GM Simon Williams

GM Simon Williams Best wishes to GM Simon Williams on his fortieth birthday, this day (November 30th) in 1979. Simon was Southern Counties (SCCU) champion in the 2001-02 (shared with Simon Knott) and the 2006-07 season. His Wikipedia entry is here GM Simon Williams

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December 2021

Death Anniversary of Joseph Blake (11-xii-1951)

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Joseph Henry Blake

We remember English player Joseph Blake who passed away on Tuesday, December 11th, 1951. Joseph Henry Blake was born on Thursday, February 3rd, 1859 in Farnborough, Hampshire. His parents were Joseph Denner and Eliza Blake (née Early). In 1871 Joseph (aged 12) had a brother Frank (aged 10), sisters Annie (8), Elizabeth S (7), Eliza E (1) and a servant, Kate Longman aged 18. The family lived in Lydia Cottage, Hewitts Road, Millbrook, South Stoneham, Hampshire. According to the 1861…

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Death Anniversary of FM Peter Clarke (18-iii-1933 11-xii-2014)

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Peter Clarke at the 1963 Ilford Whitsun Congress. Source : British Chess Magazine, Volume LXXXIII, Number 7 (July), page 194

PH Clarke We remember FM Peter Clarke who passed away on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 whilst living at Chapel House, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9SQ Peter Hugh Clarke was born on Saturday, March 18th 1933 in West Ham, London. His mother's maiden name was Ekblom. From The Modest Master of Morwenstow by James Pratt (sadly, as yet, unpublished) : "Peter Hugh Clarke was born in London on 18th March, 1933. At the age of eight or nine he taught himself the…

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