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August 2022

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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Birthday of Leonard Barden (20-viii-1929)

August 20
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Leonard Barden (Linda Nylind of the Guardian)

Ninety-two today is Leonard 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 in 1939 they lived at 89, Tennison Road, Croydon. 89, Tennison Road, Croydon From The Encyclopedia of Chess (Batsford, 1977) by Harry Golombek OBE: "British Master and joint British Champion 1954. Barden was born in Croydon and learned to play at his school, Whitgift, which became a frequent…

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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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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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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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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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Birthday of FM Kevin 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 2022

Birthday of GM Michael Stean (04-ix-1953)

September 4
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Michael Stean at the 1977 Lord John Cup

We send best wishes to GM Michael Stean on his birthday, Michael Francis Stean was born Michael Francis Stein on Friday, September 4th, 1953 in Pancras, London. His mother's maiden name was Feldman. Michael has a brother, Howard. Michael Stean He attended Latymer Upper School and Cambridge University. His early chess days were spent at Richmond Junior Chess Club. He became an International Master in 1975 and England's third (OTB) Grandmaster in 1977 winning £2,500 from the Jim Slater Foundation.…

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