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August 2022

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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October 2022

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

October 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 WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) (02-x-1988)

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WFM Sarah Longson

We send best wishes to WFM Sarah Longson (née Hegarty) on her birthday this day, (October 2nd) in 1988. 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." In 2016 Sarah and partner FM…

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November 2022

Birthday of IM James Adair (09-xi-1992)

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IM James Adair playing GM Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic

IM James Adair playing GM Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic 2014 BCN wishes Happy birthday to IM James Adair. James Robert Adair was born on Monday, November 9th in 1992 in Reading, Berkshire. James attended Little Heath School, Tilehurst, Reading and joined Reading Chess Club and was an active player in the Berkshire League and in the Surrey Border League. His father Andrew took up chess to support James as a junior. He then read Mathematics at The…

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December 2022

Birthday of WGM Dr. Jana Bellin (09-xii-1947)

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WGM Dr. Jana Bellin

Happy birthday WGM Dr. Jana Bellin on this day (December 9th) in 1947. Jana Malypetrova From The Encyclopedia of Chess (Robert Hale, 1970 & 1976), Anne Sunnucks : "International Woman Master (1969), Czech Woman Champion in 1965 and 1967 and British Woman Champion since 1970. Jana Malypetrova Jana was born in Prague on the 9th December 1947 and learned to play chess at the age of eleven. She made her first appearance in the international field when she played 2nd…

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Birthday of FM Peter Batchelor (10-xii-1996)

December 10
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FM Peter Batchelor at the 2014 British Championships, Courtesy of John Upham Photography

Best wishes to FM Peter Batchelor on his birthday. Peter J Batchelor was born on Tuesday, December 10th, 1996. "Breath" by The Prodigy was the UK Number One Single. His father is the player Guy Batchelor. Peter's first recorded rapidplay event was on the 17th of July 2005 in the Barnet Knights Under-9 tournament where he scored 4/6 and his first (!) standard play event was on August 20th 2005 being the British Land UK Terafinal which was not such…

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Birthday of GM Gawain Jones (11-xii-1987)

December 11
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GM Gawain Jones at the 2013 London Chess Classic courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of GM Gawain Christopher B Jones (11-xii-1987) Gawain was Southern Counties (SCCU) champion for the 2012-13 season.

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Birthday of IM David Eggleston (22-xii-1987)

December 22
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IM David Eggleston

Best Wishes to IM David Eggleston on his birthday. David James Eggleston was born on Tuesday, December 22nd 1987 in Sunderland, County Durham to Ian and Janet Eggleston (née Robson). David has a brother, Thomas A, also born in 1987 who plays chess to a high standard (2178 in 2020). Thomas also plays for Durham City and for 4NCL North East England. There is one game in Megabase between the brothers from round 5 of the Durham Open in 2003…

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January 2023

Birthday of FM Shreyas Royal (09-i-2009)

January 9, 2023
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FM Shreyas Royal at the London Chess Classic, 2021 courtesy of John Upham Photography

BCN sends birthday wishes to FM Shreyas (known as "Shrey" by his friends) Royal born on Friday, January 9th, 2009. "Hallelujah" by Alexandra Burke was number one in the UK hit parade. Shreyas attended The Pointer School in Blackheath, London, SE3 whose motto is "The Lord is my Shepherd". In October 2021 BCN secured an interview with Shreyas via his father Jitendra and below is mostly from that interview: BCN: What caused his initial interest in chess and at what…

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Birthday of IM Andrew Horton (15-i-1998)

January 15, 2023
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Andrew Horton at the 2014 Team Chess Challenge at Imperial College. Courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of FM Andrew P Horton (15-i-1998) Andrew became a FIDE Master in 2015 and an International Master in 2018.

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