Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in March 2010
This month two members from the British Isles head our birthday list:
directly on the first of the month Mike Sheehan celebrated
his special day, he turned 71. There is however nothing new to tell about
him, so we just turn to the second birthday.
It dates 5 years back that Owen M. Hindle was mentioned
in our column (see March 2005),
now – on March 14th - he could look back on full seven decades.
In the meantime he has participated in our London meeting 2007, so you
will find photos of him (and Mike Sheehan) in our pictorial report The
Knights and Kings of Chess.
In the sixties Owen Hindle was one of the strongest English players, he
was British lightning champion of 1965, took part in the Chess Olympiads
1964 and 1966 and reached second place in the British Championship at
Whitby 1964. Moreover he represented England in the Zonal tournament 1967.
Here is one of his favourite
games from the tournament Hastings 1963/64 and an additional game
from the British Championship 1962.
a series of books Owen Hindle has also distinguished himself as
a chess author: Piatigorsky Cup Los Angeles July 1963 (Nottingham,
s.a.); Further Steps in Chess (London, 1968 and 1976 [2nd ed.]);
J.H. Blackburne: The Final Years (Nottingham, 1998); "The
English Morphy"? The Life and Games of Cecil de Vere, First British
Chess Champion (with Bob Jones; Exmouth, 2001) - on that a further
(with an additional photo of Owen Hindle); The Mystery of Edward Pindar,
Chess Nomad (Ostrava, 2005).
At the beginning of the year Norbert Geissler joined
our association, on the occasion of his 52nd birthday on March 22nd he
should be briefly introduced here. The native-born Ulmer works as a graduate
computer scientist in Munich where he also lives with his family. He is
largely known in the world of problem chess, there he has made a name
for himself as a composer of artistically demanding fairies and helpmates
(more than 600 problems to date); for a fairly long time he is an active
member of the mpk (Munich problem circle), and he was considerably involved
in the further development of the popular problem solving programme Popeye.
The first résumé of his "problem life" already
appeared 1991 in Caissas Schloßbewohner vol. 4, a more
detailed presentation followed 1999 in Franz Pachl’s book Schach
mit Partner (Kuhn/Murkisch
series No. 30) where two photos were included as well. A laudatory
article due at his 50th birthday (written by Dieter Werner) is to be found
in the April
2008 issue of the Schwalbe.
Our Amsterdam member Robert van de Velde celebrated his
73rd birthday on March 26th. As is generally known, he has enriched the
Lasker monograph (published last November) with a chapter on bridge (a
partial advance publication appeared in SCHACH 6/2009, p. 55-59),
and there were also pleasing reactions in the Dutch paper De Volkskrant
(see the links at our page Press Review). Bob
still joined in our last January meeting at Wijk
aan Zee, and for the upcoming general meeting at Antwerp he has already
announced his participation.
PS: You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!