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January 2022

Birthday of GM Neil McDonald (21-i-1967)

January 21
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GM Neil McDonald

We send birthday wishes to GM Neil McDonald born on this day (January 21st) in 1967. Neil McDonald Neil McDonald From Wikipedia : Neil McDonald (born 21 January 1967) is an English chess grandmaster and a player on the international chess circuit. He is an English Chess Federation coach, who has trained many of the country's strongest junior players. McDonald is a regular coach of the English junior team and was Head Coach of the English Chess Federation team at…

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Birthday of FM Steve Giddins (29-01-1961)

January 29
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FM Steve Giddins

Birthday of FM Stephen William Giddins (29-01-1961) Here are his games from chessgames.com We reviewed his most recent book, co-authored with IM Gerard Welling : Side-Stepping Mainline Theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6403hEafJI Side-Stepping Mainline Theory

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February 2022

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

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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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Birthday of FM Oliver Jackson (03-ii-1946)

February 3
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FM Oliver Jackson

Birthday of FM Oliver A Jackson (03-ii-1946)

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Birthday of WIM Cathy Forbes (06-ii-1968)

February 6
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WIM Cathy Warwick (née Forbes) Birthday of WIM Cathy Forbes (06-ii-1968) WIM Cathy Warwick (née Forbes) The Polgar Sisters : Training or Genius ?

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Birthday of GM (Elect) Ravi Haria (07-ii-1999)

February 7
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IM Ravi Haria, 2019 British Championships, Torquay

IM Ravi Haria, 2019 British Championships, Torquay BCN sends birthday wishes to IM (and soon to be GM) Ravi Haria. Ravi Haria was born Sunday, February 7th, 1999  in Elstree, Hertfordshire. "Maria" by Blondie was top of the hit parade. Ravi currently resides in London. Ravi attended Lonsdale School in Barnet and then The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and now reads History at University College, London. ECF grading profiles for Ravi Haria Ravi learnt at the age of 6 and joined Barnet…

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Birthday of FM Jimmy Adams (07-ii-1947)

February 7
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Jimmy Adams and Stewart Reuben

BCN send birthday wishes to FM Jimmy Adams. James Bernard Adams was born on Friday, February 7th, 1947 to James Adams and Ivy F Soule in Islington, London. Jimmy was married to Sharon and they have a daughter, Charlotte. In 1958 Jimmy at the age of 11, joined his local Islington Chess Club and soon afterwards became London Junior Champion. Following this Jimmy played little chess and worked for John Lewis (echos of CHO'D Alexander!) The Spasski-Fischer match of 1972…

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Death Anniversary of Geoffrey Diggle (06-xii-1902 13-ii-1993)

February 13
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Death Anniversary of Geoffrey Harber Diggle (06-xii-1902 13-ii-1993) Here is his Wikipedia entry

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

February 15
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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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Birthday of John Saunders (22-ii-1953)

February 22
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John Saunders at the 2013 FIDE Candidates event, London, Courtesy of John Upham Photography

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4phbZ3YwtM Birthday of John Cameron Saunders (22-ii-1953) Here is John's Wikipedia entry Here is his excellent blog Here is the superb BritBase Murray Chandler and John Saunders

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