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August 2021

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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Birthday of WCM Dinah Norman (née Dobson) (21-viii-1946)

August 21
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WCM Dinah Norman at the 2015 British Championships in Coventry, courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN wishes Happy Birthday to Dinah Norman on August 21st Dinah Margaret Dobson was born on Wednesday, August 21st 1946 in Exeter, Devon. Her parents were Leslie and Barbara Dobson (née Hayward). Some of the participants in the Paul Keres display on November 25th, 1962, at St Pancras Town Hall, London WC1. Back row : AJ. Whiteley, D, Floyer, PJ Collins, PJ Adams, RC Vaughan, KB Harman, D. Parr, DNL Levy, Front row : MV Lambshire, AE Hopkins (selector) Paul…

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Death Anniversary of Ernst Klein (29-i-1910 22-viii-1990)

August 22
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Ernst Ludwig Klein (29-i-1910 22-viii-1990)

Death Anniversary of Ernst Klein (29-i-1910 22-viii-1990) From CHESS, July 1946 (and also The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match) : Since Ernst Klein came to England in 1935 his play has earned our ungrudging admiration. Born in Vienna, 1910, he learned chess at the age of eleven. His grandmother taught him the moves, his father having died when he was eight. Steinitz was a frequent guest in his grandparents house. At eighteen, he shared first, second and third prizes in the…

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Death Anniversary of William Lewis (09-x-1787 22-viii-1870)

August 22
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William Lewis

We note the passing today (August 22nd) in 1870 of William Lewis of the Lewis Counter Gambit. The Lewis Counter Gambit From The Oxford Companion to Chess (OUP, 1984) by Hooper & Whyld : "English player and author. He left his native Birmingham as a young man and worked for a time with a merchant in London. He learned much of his chess from Sarratt, a debt that was not repaid. Around 1819 he was operator of the Turk, meeting…

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Death Anniversary of Gerald Anderson MBE DFC (24-ii-1898 23-viii-1984)

August 23
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Gerald Frank Anderson MBE DFC (24-ii-1898 23-viii-1984)

Death Anniversary of Gerald Anderson MBE DFC (24-ii-1898 23-viii-1984) From The Encyclopedia of Chess (Robert Hale, 1970 and 1976) by Anne Sunnucks : "International Judge of FIDE for Compositions (1960). Born on 23rd February 1898. Won the DFC in 1914-18 war. Foreign Office (Retd.) First problem published in 1912, since when he has composed nearly 500 problems, mostly 3 and 4 movers. but has latterly switched to Fairy chess problems. He is one of the the great reflex and self-mate…

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Birthday of FM Alan Emile Hanreck (23-viii-1954)

August 23
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Birthday of FM Alan Emile Hanreck (23-viii-1954)

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Birthday of FM Andrew D Harley (24-viii-1967)

August 24
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Birthday of FM Andrew D Harley (24-viii-1967)

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Birthday of WFM Helen Milligan (25-viii-1962)

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WFM Helen Milligan

WFM Helen Milligan We wish WFM Helen Milligan all the best of her birthday, this day (August 25th) in 1962. From Wikipedia : Helen Milligan (born Helen Scott; 25 August 1962) is a Scottish-New Zealand chess player holding the FIDE titles of Candidate Master (CM) and Woman FIDE Master (WFM), and three-time Asian senior women's champion. WFM Helen Milligan In 2004 Milligan co-authored the book "Chess for Children" with Grandmaster Murray Chandler. She is an officer of the New Zealand…

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Birthday of IM Jeff Horner (25-viii-1949)

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Jeff Horner

BCN wishes IM Jeff Horner, all the best on his birthday. Jeffrey Horner was born in Bolton, Lancashire on Thursday, August 25th, 1949. Jeff played for Poulton-le-Fylde Teacher Training College and is registered for Lancashire CA. Jeff became a FIDE Master in 1989 (aged 40) and an International Master in 2008 (at the age of 58) and a gap of some 19 years! (Compare this with John Pigott : John became a FIDE Master in 1984 and an International Master…

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