Birthday of FM Anthony J Stebbings (03-ix-1951)
BCN wishes Happy Birthday to IM Ezra Kirk (02-ix-1996)
Ezra G Kirk was born on Monday, September 2nd 1996 in France.
Ezra attended Varndean College, Brighton and then the University of Bath to read Natural Sciences and was an intern at AIR INDUSTRIE THERMIQUE and is currently a Data Product Consultant at the Kubrick Group.
He edits chess books written by non-English speaking authors and is an accomplished musician publishing works on Spotify.
Ezra became a FIDE Master in 2013 and an International Master in 2018
His peak rating is likely to be in the future but currently is 2445 in December 2018 aged 22.
Ezra plays for 4NCL Cheddleton in the Four Nations Chess League.
Here is one of Ezra’s best wins :
BCN wishes happy birthday to FM Kevin O’Connell (28-viii-1949)
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.
According to The Games of Robert J. Fischer :
“Kevin is an Essex county player and bulletin editor”.
According to How to Play the Sicilian Defence :
“Kevin O’Connell is editor of the FIDE Chess Yearbook, author of many other chess books and chess columnist of London’s Evening News”
Harry Golombek wrote in The Observer Magazine (about The Batsford Chess Yearbook 1975/6) :
“O’Connell has done his work extremely well and I found all the contents interesting”
and Leonard Barden wrote (of the same book) :
“Book of the year…this reviewer admits to consulting it more frequently than any other book on his shelf”
Kevin became a FIDE Master in 2006 and his peak rating (according to Felice) was 2360 in July 1993 at the age of 44.
Kevin became a FIDE International Arbiter (IA) in 1998. He is the FIDE Delegate for the Republic of Ireland and is Honorary Chairman and Secretary of the FIDE Chess in Education Commission (EDU). He is also a FIDE Senior Trainer.
Here is his Wikipedia entry
BCN Remembers FM Max Fuller (28-i-1945 27-viii-2013)
Maxwell Leonard Fuller was born on Sunday, January 28th 1945 in Sydney, New South Wales. He was brought up by his mother and, according to Ian Rogers, his step-father with whom he did not get on.
He was Australian Junior Champion in 1962.
He won the New South Wales title in 1965 (and then in 1986 and 1988).
Max came to England in late 1968 to play at Hastings and then chose to settle here. He played for Lewisham chess club. He won the Whitby Open in 1969 (See BCM, Volume LXXXIX, Number 8, page 264).
In the 1970s be played board one for Australia whilst maintaining a FIDE rating of 2450, and, according to chessgames.com : “Fuller finished equal second in the British championship in 1970 and 1975, winner of the Doeberl Cup three times, winner of the Australian Open three times, Joint Australian Champion 1972 with Trevor Hay and competed in nine Olympiads for Australia from 1964-1990. In 1974, he won the 101st Athenaeum Chess Club Jubilee tournament, held in London.”
He became a FIDE Master in 1980
Fuller returned to chess in 2004 after an eight-year absence and finished equal second in the 2004 and 2005 NSW championships.
According to IM Gary Lane : “Max had a heart attack and died on the day he was attending the funeral of his pal Peter Parr”
With the white pieces Max essayed the Ruy Lopez with a penchant for the exchange variation but nonetheless he was flexible and varied.
As the second player against 1.e4 he was versatile with a broad range of defences and likewise facing 1.d4/1.Nf3 he was difficult to prepare for.
According to British Chess Magazine, Volume CXXXIII (2013), Number 9 (September), page 450 :
“From Australia the saddest of news, the passing Maxwell Leonard Fuller (28 i 1945 Sydney – 27 viii 2013 Sydney). FM Max Fuller played in seven BCF Championships, 1969 -80. He later claimed the scalps of Short, Miles and Chandler. He was the most determined player imaginable and had the broadest of opening repertoires. (James Pratt)”
In this obituary from Ray Keene, Ray very thoughtfully provides a game in which Max loses to Ray.
GM Ian Rogers wrote this detailed obituary
Greg Canfell posted this item
Here is his Wikipedia article
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.
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 in Swansea.
His highest FIDE rating was 2513 in October 2000 and was joint (with Ameet Ghasi) British Rapidplay Chess Champion in the same year.
His highest ECF grading was 244A in 2001 and he won the Staffordshire GM tournament in the same year :
Aaron plays for Wood Green in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) and has played for Pride and Prejudice.
Aaron wrote “Confessions of a British Nightclubber” for Kingpin Magazine.
With the white pieces Aaron is very much a Queen’s pawn player mainly employing the Colle-Zukertort System and the Barry Attack.
As the second player Aaron prefers the Classical French and the Slav Defence.
Here is a video of a young Aaron talking about his 150 Attack video for Foxy Video :
Summerscale, Aaron (1999). A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire. Globe Pequot. ISBN 978-1-85744-519-0.
Summerscale, Aaron; Summerscale, Claire (2002).
Interview With a Grandmaster. Everyman Chess. ISBN 978-1-85744-243-4.
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 Barnet Knights and makes regular appearences in Richmond, Golders Green and other rapidplay event, the London Chess Classic and 4NCL.
He made his first appearance in a UK event at Hastings 1993/1994. Since 1999 he has been London based playing in many UK events.
He won the Coulsdon Easter Congress in 2007 with 7.5/9 and the Canadian Open in 2019 with 9/9
As the first player Alex mainly champions the Ruy Lopez and with the Black pieces he enjoys the Sveshnikov Sicilian and the Old Indian Defence.
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 Championship of Vienna. Before coming to England, he had lived for some years in Switzerland, France and Italy and his French, German and English are equally impeccable. In his last tournament at Bournemouth, in 193, he finished equal with Flohr after Euwe ahead of König, Landau, Aitken and others. He met his wife, who is an Englishwoman, during the blitz. They were married in 1944. He holds a London University degree and teaches mathematics in Southend.
About 1940, he offered to give any opponent in Great Britain the odds of the draw.; his challenge was never taken up, no doubt owing to the conditions of the moment, but we imagine there would be many “takers” if it were repeated now.”
Later, Klein clarified matters by writing What I said was: “I am ready to accept the challenge of any player in this country and am prepared to give the odds of a draw in a contest at least twelve games if he so wishes. That is, I offered to concede victory on a score of 6 : 6 draws counting, which is the necessary and sufficient condition to justify my offer. It is still open.
Here is his Wikipedia entry
Edward Winter has written a detailed article here.