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September 2020

Birthday of IM Sam Collins (05-ix-1982)

September 5
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IM Sam Collins

Birthday of IM Sam Collins (05-ix-1982) Samuel E Collins was born on Sunday, September 5th, 1982 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. He attended Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin (founded in 1950) and famously very active at chess. Sam became a FIDE Master in 2003 and an International Master in 2004 and holds two GM norms. His peak FIDE rating was 2495 in August 2014 at the age of 32. According to chessgames.com : "Collins won the Irish Championship twice, in 2002…

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Birthday of IM Richard Palliser (18-ix-1981)

September 18
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IM Richard Palliser

We wish IM Richard Palliser all the very best on his birthday Richard Julian David Palliser was born September 18th in 1981 in Birmingham, West Midlands. His mother's maiden name was Hyde. He became a FIDE Master in 2000 and an International Master in 2001. Richard Palliser His peak FIDE rating (according to Felice and Megabase 2020) was 2482 in July 2012 at the age of 31. In 1995 Richard was joint British U13 Champion together with David Hodge and…

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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 2020

Happy Birthday Susan Caldwell (02-x-1958)

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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)

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 2020

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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