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August 2021

Birthday of IM Angus Dunnington (09-viii-1967)

August 9
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IM Angus Dunnington Birthday of IM Angus Dunnington (09-viii-1967) Angus James Dunnington was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, his mother's maiden name was Townend. He has lived in Castleford, West Yorkshire and most recently in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. Angus became a FIDE Master in 1990 and an International Master in 1991. Angus has been a recipient of a Chess Journalists of America award and was chess correspondent for The Yorkshire Post. He has been an Olympiad trainer. Angus has played for…

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Birthday of IM Michael A Rahal (10-viii-1970)

August 10
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Birthday of IM Michael Smash the Sicilian with the Smith-Morra Gambit - Michael Rahal (PC-DVD) (10-viii-1970) Michael Anthony Rahal was born in Aldershot, Hampshire to Spanish parents. His mother's maiden name is Vives Escoda. Previously the strongest player from Aldershot may have been Michael Antony Pagden. He became a FIDE Master in 1994 and an International Master in 1999. His peak FIDE rating was 2431 in January 2005. He is a Spanish resident. Here is his YouTube Channel His handle…

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Birthday of IM Andrew A Webster (10-viii-1973)

August 10
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Birthday of IM Andrew A Webster (10-viii-1973) Andrew became a FIDE Master in 1991 and an International Master in 1993

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Birthday of IM William Roland Hartston (12-viii-1947)

August 12
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IM William Hartston, FIDE Candidates, 2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography On the "glorious twelfth" of August we celebrate the birthday of one of England's most popular chess players and writers, IM Bill Hartston. William Roland Hartston was born in Willesden, Middlesex on Tuesday, August 12th, 1947. His father was William Hartston, a significant member of the Royal College of Physicians who was married to Mary Rowland. Bill has a sister. Bill Hartston He studied at the City of London…

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Birthday of IM Malcolm Bernard Pein (14-viii-1960)

August 14
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IM Malcolm Pein at the 2019 British Championships in Torquay, courtesy of John Upham Photography BCN sends IM Malcolm Pein best wishes on his 60th birthday. IM Malcolm Pein at the King's Place Rapidplay 2013, photograph courtesy of John Upham Malcolm Bernard Pein was born in Liverpool (South). South Lancashire and his mother's maiden name is Max. (Gaige, Felice and chessgames.com all incorrectly have Malcolm L. Pein). Malcolm Pein This was written about Malcolm aged 19 just prior to the…

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Birthday of IM John Christopher Pigott (15-viii-1957)

August 15
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IM John Pigott at the 2020 Gibraltar Masters. Photograph courtesy of John Saunders BCN wishes IM John Pigott all the best on his birthday (15-viii-1957) John Christopher Pigott was born in Croydon, Surrey and his mother's maiden name was Fletcher. In 1975 John was selected by the BCF junior selectors and travelled with Jonathan Speelman and Peter J Lee (Hampshire) to the 8th Biel International Open in Switzerland. Leonard Barden wrote in the October 1975 British Chess Magazine (the cover…

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Birthday of FM Andrew P Smith (15-viii-1959)

August 15
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FM Andrew Smith at the 2019 British Championships in Torquay, courtesy of John Upham Photography BCN wishes Happy Birthday to FM Andrew Smith (15-viii-1959) Andrew became a FIDE Master in 1994 and is registered with the Irish Chess Union. His highest FIDE rating was 2310 in July 1994 at the age of 35. FM Andrew Smith, photographer unknown He plays for Bourne End Chess Club in the Buckinghamshire League and in the Berkshire League. Andrew also plays for 4NCL Barnet…

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Birthday of Peter Griffiths (15-viii-1946)

August 15
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Peter Griffiths (15-viii-1946) BCN sends Happy birthday wishes to Peter Griffiths Peter Charles Griffiths was born on Thursday, August 15th, in 1946 in Birmingham, Warwickshire. His mother's maiden name was Ward. Peter was a strong player active from the 1960s until 1989. He played in the British Championships more than once and was a professional coach and writer. He wrote the column "Practical Chess Endings" which appeared in the British Chess Magazine. The column commenced in the December 1972 issue…

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Birthday of Leonard Barden (20-viii-1929)

August 20
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Leonard Barden (Linda Nylind of the Guardian)

Ninety-one today is Leonard William Barden, born Tuesday, August 20th, 1929. His mother's maiden was Bartholomew and she became Elise EM Barden when she married Leonard's father who was William C Barden and they were living in 1939 at 89, Tennison Road, Croydon. 89, Tennison Road, Croydon From The Encyclopedia of Chess (Batsford, 1977) by Harry Golombek : "British Master and joint British Champion 1954. Barden was born in Croydon and learned to play at his school, Whitgift, which became…

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Death Anniversary of Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825 20-viii-1874)

August 20
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Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825 10-viii-1874)

Death Anniversary of Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825 20-viii-1874) From The Oxford Companion to Chess (OUP, 1984) by David Hooper and Ken Whyld : "One of the strongest English players during the 1850s, He made little impression in his one and only tournament, London 1862, but is remembered for having scored more wins than anyone else in friendly play against Morphy in 1858. He reduced his corpulence by 130 pounds in ten months and as a result died. " He is…

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