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August 2021

Birthday of GM Aaron Piers Summerscale (26-viii-1969)

August 26
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GM Aaron Summerscale courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN offers best wishes to Aaron Summerscale on his 51st birthday. Aaron Piers Summerscale was born on Tuesday, August 26th 1969 in Westminster, Greater London. His mother's maiden name is Mayall. Aaron lives in SW18 and teaches chess. He married Claire Lusher but they are now separated. Aaron Summerscale He became a FIDE Master in 1992, an International Master in 1994 and a Grandmaster in 1997. Aaron was runner-up (to Jonathan Parker) with 8/11 in the 1995 British Championship in…

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Birthday of GM Alexander Cherniaev (26-viii-1969)

August 26
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GM Alexander Cherniaev, London Chess Classic 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of GM Alexander Sergeevich Cherniaev (26-viii-1969) Alexander Sergeevich Cherniaev was born on Tuesday, August 26th 1969 in Arkhangelsk, Western Russia. He became an International Master in 1993 and a Grandmaster in 2004. He became a FIDE Senior Trainer in 2016. His peak FIDE rating (according to Megabase 2020 and Felice) was 2509 in July 2002, aged 33. (Gaige is silent on Alexander). Alex is registered with the Russian Federation and plays for Hackney, Wood Green, Russia (unsurprisingly!) and 4NCL…

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Death Anniversary of FM Max Fuller (28-i-1945 27-viii-2013)

August 27
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FM Max Fuller (28-i-1945 27-viii-2013). See full caption in photograph below.

Caption for above photograph. BCN Remembers FM Max Fuller (28-i-1945 27-viii-2013) Tonight two Sydney ***** the N.S.W. Chess Championship at the Chess centre Liverpool St., City. They are Fred E Flatow, 28 of Belmore (left.) and Max Fuller, 21, of Kingsgrove (right). They have been playing for about 10 Hrs up till 6.15 p.m. and had move 121. The match will go on till move 144 at which stage a draw will be declared or until either man wins before…

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Birthday of GM Daniel John King (28-viii-1963)

August 28
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GM Daniel King

We offer best wishes to GM Daniel King on his birthday Daniel John King was born on Wednesday, August 28th 1963 (the same day as the Martin Luther King "I have a dream" speech) in Beckenham, Kent. He attended Langley Park School whose motto is "Mores et Studia" meaning "good character and learning" or "morals and study". Daniel has a brother Andrew (AJ King) who is also a strong player. Daniel became an International Master in 1982 and a Grandmaster…

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Birthday of FM Kevin John O’Connell (28-viii-1949)

August 28
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Kevin O'Connell at the London Chess Conference, 2016, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes happy birthday to FM Kevin O'Connell (28-viii-1949) Kevin J O'Connell Kevin John O'Connell was born on Sunday, August 28th 1949 in London. Kevin attended Ilford County High School and The University of Essex following by an MSc in Sports Sciences at The University of Essex. The Batsford Chess Yearbook According to The Games of Robert J. Fischer : "Kevin is an Essex county player and bulletin editor". Kevin J O'Connell According to How to Play the Sicilian Defence…

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September 2021

Death Anniversary of Joseph Henry Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924)

September 1
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Joseph Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924)

Death Anniversary of Joseph Henry Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924) The following information was obtained via ancestry.co.uk : Joseph Henry Blackburne was born on Friday, December 10th, 1841 in Chorlton, Manchester. His father was Joseph Blackburn (aged 23) and his mother was Ann Pritchard (aged 24). He had eight sons and five daughters. His brother Frederick Pritchard Blackburn died on 11 October 1847 in Lancashire, Lancashire, when Joseph Henry was 5 years old. His sister Clara was born on 4 November 1847…

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Birthday of FM Richard L Britton (01-ix-1957)

September 1
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FM Richard Britton (see photo below for caption)

Caption for above photograph Birthday of FM Richard L Britton (01-ix-1957) FM Richard Britton, 4NCL, 2016. Photograph courtesy of John Saunders

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Birthday of FM Alexander Longson (01-x-1982)

September 1
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FM Alex Longson, London Chess Classic 2013, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of FM Alexander Longson (01-x-1982)

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Birthday of GM Jonathan Simon Speelman (02-xi-1956)

September 2
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GM Jonathan Speelman at 4NCL in 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography

We wish GM Jonathan Speelman all the best on his birthday. Jonathan Simon Speelman was born on Tuesday, October 2nd, 1956 in Marylebone, London. His mother's maiden name was Freeman. In March 2002 Jon and Lindsey Thomas were married in Camden, Greater London. They have a non-chess playing son, Lawrence who studied Ancient Languages at The University of Chicago. Jonathan attended St. Paul's School, London and then Worcester College, Oxford and read mathematics. He became an International Master in 1978…

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Birthday of WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) (02-x-1988)

September 2
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WFM Sarah Longson

We send best wishes to WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) on her birthday this day, (October 2nd) From Sarah's web site : "I have played competitive chess since the age of 7 when I became UK U7 Girls Chess Champion and appeared on Blue Peter where I met the then world champion Garry Kasparov. Since then I have represented England in many international competitions and in 2013 won the British Ladies Championship." WFM Sarah Longson

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