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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 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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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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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 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)

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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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