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July 2021

Birthday of GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (19-vii-1968)

July 19
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GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

BCN wishes GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant best wishes on her birthday, July 19th 1968 Here is her extensive Wikipedia entry GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

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Death Anniversary of Sir George Thomas, 7th Baronet (14-vi-1881 23-vii-1972)

July 23
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Sir George Thomas, President of the Anglo-Soviet Chess Circle. Captain of the British Team

Death Anniversary of Sir George Alan Thomas, 7th Baronet (14-vi-1881 23-vii-1972) Signature of GA Thomas from a Brian Reilly "after dinner" postcard from Hastings Christmas Congress, 1945-1946 From The Encyclopedia of Chess (BT Batsford, 1977) by Harry Golombek : "British international master, born in Constantinople (previously Byzantium and currently Istanbul : Ed.) His mother (Lady Edith Margaret Thomas : Ed) was one of the strongest English women players, winner of the first Ladies tournament at Hastings 1895. (Ed : his…

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Birthday of FM Marcus Harvey (24-vii-1996)

July 24
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Marcus Harvey at the 2013 Hastings International Congress, Courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes Happy Birthday to FM Marcus Ross Harvey born on this day (Wednesday, July 24th) in 1996. Killing Me Softly by the Fugees was top of the hit parade. Marcus was born in Oxford and attended The Marlborough School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire and then (in 2014) at The University of Southampton he studied mathematics. Originally playing for Bicester Marcus now represents Witney Chess Club in local leagues. Marcus first played in the British Championship in 2011 (Sheffield). Marcus Harvey at…

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Birthday of GM Anthony Kosten (24-vii-1958)

July 24
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Tony Kosten

Birthday of GM Anthony Cornelis Kosten (24-vii-1958) Tony was born in North Eastern Surrey, and eventually relocated to France where he now resides. Tony is married to Gyongyver Kosten-Forintos, the daughter of Hungarian Grandmaster Győző Forintos. Streatham & Brixton becoming BCF National Club Champions in 1989. The team was Tony Kosten, Mark Hedben, Daniel King, Nigel Povah (Captain), Joe Gallagher and Julian Hodgson : quite a strong team Here is his Wikipedia entry Tony played for Lower Earley and played…

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Death Anniversary of Johann Löwenthal (15-vii-1810 24-vii-1876)

July 24
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ohann Löwenthal (15-vii-1810 24-vii-1876)

Death Anniversary Johann Löwenthal (15-vii-1810 24-vii-1876)

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Birthday of (Arthur) John Roycroft (25-vii-1929)

July 25
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Arthur John Roycroft

We are delighted to offer (Arthur) John Roycroft best wishes on his birthday, this day (July 25th) in 1929. John was born in Hendon, London and his mother's maiden name was Banks. AJR aged 9, courtesy of the BCPS web site. John moved to Brighton and then evacuated to Calcot, North Wales and returned to Brighton when the threat had subsided. He married Betty in 1961 and they had a son and a daughter and now have several grand children.…

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Birthday of GM Julian Hodgson (25-vii-1963)

July 25
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GM Julian Michael Hodgson

We send best wishes to GM Julian Hodgson on his birthday, this day July 25th in 1963. Julian Michael Hodgson was born in Hammersmith, West London son of (Ronald) George Hodgson and Johanna Hodgson (née Birch). Julian has claimed to be a descendent of George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys and we are looking to establish this claim following further research. Julian attended St. Paul's School (See below) and then attended The University of Leicester for one year. Julian married Lizette…

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Death Anniversary of WFM Jessica Gilbert (30-i-1987 26-vii-2007)

July 26
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Jessie Gilbert

Death Anniversary of WFM Jessica Laura Corey Gilbert (30-i-1987 26-vii-2007) From Find A Grave by by Peterborough K: "Professional Chess Player. A native of Croydon, England, Gilbert became the youngest person ever to win the Women's World Chess Federation Master Title. A talented chess player since the age of 8, she also won the Women's World Amateur Championship when she represented England in 1999 at the age of 11. In a career that spanned over seven years she played in…

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Birthday of Demis Hassabis CBE FRS FREng FRSA (27-vii-1976)

July 27
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Demis Hassabis in August 1987, Photographer : Glenn Copus. Source : Amazon

BCN wishes Happy Birthday to Demis Hassabis CBE FRS FREng FRSA (27-vii-1976) From https://achievement.org/achiever/demis-hassabis-ph-d/ : Demis Hassabis, the eldest of three, was born in London on July 27, 1976, to a Greek Cypriot father and a Chinese Singaporean mother. (Originally his surname was spelt Hassapis and his brother George retained his.) "Demis Hassabis was born in London, England. He is of both Greek and Chinese ancestry; his father came from Cyprus, his mother from Singapore. Demis and his family moved…

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Birthday of FM Graham Lee (27-vii-1953)

July 27
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FM Graham Lee from the Derren Brown Challenge of December 2008

Birthday of FM Graham David Lee (27-vii-1953) FM Graham Lee 2282 v WIM Eva Jiretorn 2155 alongside WIM Regina Pokorna 2352 v WIM Christin Anderson 2173. FM Graham Lee, courtesy of Cathy Rogers Graham Lee (second from left) and a victorious Wood Green team. Trophy presented by Magnus Magnusson

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