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August 2022

Birthday of IM John 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 was of Geller and Smyslov) : "17-year-old John Pigott's 8.5/11 included wins against…

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Birthday of FM Andrew 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 Knights (he has played for Atticus), Buckinghamshire CCA in the Chiltern League and Hon Members…

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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 and columns became…

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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)

BCN remembers Gerald Frank Anderson MBE, DFC (24-ii-1898 23-viii-1984) From British Chess (Pergamon, 1983) by Botterill, Levy, Rice and Richardson we have an article written by John Rice : "Gerald Frank Anderson was born in South Africa on 23 February 1898, and has published nearly 500 problems of many different types. From the start he was a versatile composer, and Weenink's The Chess Problem (see introduction) contains two three-movers of his illustrating anticipatory half-pin (see Diagram I) a reflex-mate in…

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Birthday of FM Alan 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 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)

August 25
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WFM Helen Milligan

We wish WFM Helen Milligan all the best on her birthday, this day (August 25th) in 1962. Helen became a Woman's FIDE Master in 2000 and a Candidate Master in 2013. Her highest FIDE rating was 2138 in July 1999. 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. The CM title was earnt at a…

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Birthday of GM Aaron 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 52nd 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 (Basingstoke) 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…

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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.

September 15th, 1980. Australian Open Chess Champion Max Fuller (35) is currently on a grand chess playing tour of Britain and Europe. He played in the British Championships last month and has included three tournaments in Denmark in his busy schedule.His tour culminates in Malta in December when he plays in his 8th chess Olympiad.Max has been playing chess since he was 13.He lives in Hamilton Avenue, Earlwood, Sydney.In the picture Max is playing in the Benedictine International Chess tournament…

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

August 28
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GM Daniel King, courtesy of John Upham Photography

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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