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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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September 2022

Death Anniversary of Joseph Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924)

September 1
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Joseph Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924)

BCN remembers Joseph Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924) The following (excerpts of) information were obtained via ancestry.co.uk / findmypast.co.uk: Joseph Henry Blackburne was born on Friday, December 10th, 1841 in Chorlton, Manchester. His father was Joseph Blackburn (aged 23, a temperance reformer) and his mother was Ann Pritchard (aged 24). He had eight sons and five daughters. His brother Frederick Pritchard Blackburn died on 11 October 1847 in Lancashire, Lancashire, when Joseph Henry was 5 years old. His sister Clara was born…

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Birthday of IM Lorin D’Costa (05-ix-1984)

September 5
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IM Lorin D'Costa. London Chess Classic 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography

Birthday of IM Lorin D'Costa (05-ix-1984) Lorin Alexander P D'Costa was born on Wednesday, September 5th 1984. "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner was number one in the UK singles chart. His mother's maiden name was Antheunis. According to Wikipedia : "Lorin is a masculine given name. The meaning of Lorin derives from a bay or laurel plant; of Laurentum (wreathed/crowned with laurel). Laurentum, in turn is from laurus (laurel), from the place of laurel trees,…

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Death Anniversary of Dr. Paul List (09-ix-1887 09-ix-1954)

September 9
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Dr. Paul M List, winner of the British Lightning Championship in Ilford, May, 1953

Remembering Paul List (09-ix-1887 09-ix-1954) From The Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match by Klein and Winter : "Paul M List was born in Memel, Lithuania in 1887. After living in Berlin for many years, where he was manager of the bridge and chess rooms in a well-known café-restaurant, he came to this country in 1936. Paul M List He has competed in many tournaments, local and international. He, too, failed to get into the prize list in the recent London International…

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Birthday of WGM Anya Sun Corke (12-ix-1990)

September 12
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WGM Anya Sun Corke

We wish happy birthday to WGM Anya Sun Corke on her birthday. Anya Sun Corke was born in California, USA on Wednesday, September 12th 1990. In 2013, Anya graduated from Wellesley College summa cum laude with a B.A. in Russian and Philosophy She became a woman's Grandmaster in 2004. He peak FIDE rating (according to Felice) was 2301 in October 2008. FIDE rating profile of WGM Anya Sun Corke With the white pieces Anya played the Queen's Gambit and Trompowski…

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Birthday of IM Richard Palliser (18-ix-1981)

September 18
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IM Richard Palliser

We wish IM Richard Palliser all the very best on his birthday Richard Julian David Palliser was born September 18th in 1981 in Birmingham, West Midlands. His mother's maiden name was Hyde. He became a FIDE Master in 2000 and an International Master in 2001. Richard Palliser His peak FIDE rating (according to Felice and Megabase 2020) was 2482 in July 2012 at the age of 31. In 1995 Richard was joint British U13 Champion together with David Hodge and…

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October 2022

Birthday of GM Jonathan Speelman (02-xi-1956)

October 2
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GM Jonathan Speelman at 4NCL in 2014, courtesy of John Upham Photography

We wish GM Jonathan Speelman all the best on his birthday. Jonathan Simon Speelman was born on Tuesday, October 2nd, 1956 in Marylebone, London. His mother's maiden name was Freeman. In March 2002 Jon and Lindsey Thomas were married in Camden, Greater London. They have a non-chess playing son, Lawrence who studied Ancient Languages at The University of Chicago. Jonathan attended St. Paul's School, London and then Worcester College, Oxford and read mathematics. He became an International Master in 1978…

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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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Birthday of GM David Norwood (03-x-1968)

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IM David Norwood at the 1988 Oakham Young Masters. Photo by Steven Stepak

We wish David Norwood all the best on his birthday, David Robert Norwood was born in Farnworth, Bolton, Greater Manchester on October 3rd 1968 to an electrician. His mother's maiden name was Mellor. Mary Hopkin was still UK number one with "Those were the days" and would remain at number one for six weeks in total. David Norwood David read history at Keeble College, Oxford before pursuing a successful business career (see below). David became an International Master in 1985…

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Birthday of IM Andrew Greet (05-x-1979)

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IM Andrew Greet

IM Andrew Greet BCN wishes IM Andrew Greet best wishes on his birthday. Andrew Nicholas Greet was born on Friday, October 5th, 1979 in the cathedral city of Truro, Cornwall and has resided in St. Austell, Cornwall. "Message in a Bottle" by The Police held the number one spot in the UK singles chart (three weeks in total). Andrew attended Truro School leaving in 1998. Andrew became a FIDE Master in 2004 and an International Master in 2005. His peak…

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