Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

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Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by John Saunders » Fri Jun 27, 2014 3:50 pm

One of the most cherished characters in British chess, FM Bernard Cafferty, celebrates his 80th birthday today. It was my privilege to work closely with Bernard between 1999 and 2010, when I was editor of BCM, and I still regularly discuss various aspects of chess with him. My predecessor as BCM editor, Murray Chandler, told me that "you ignore Bernard's advice at your peril" and he was so right.

Biography: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Cafferty

Bernard making a short speech at Hastings CC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzI7b9fuEvM

Collection of Bernard's games: http://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/pgn/caf ... iewer.html
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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by John Townsend » Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:08 pm

I remember him from the early sixties, when he took the trouble to come to talk to our school's chess club. I found him very encouraging. Happy birthday, Bernard Cafferty!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:07 pm

Welcome to the octogenarian club, dear Bernard, though I still regret not choosing a sharper opening line in the final round of Leamington 1958....

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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by Michael Farthing » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:28 pm

And you'll both always remain heroes to me..

[I've still got the well thumbed "Ruy Lopez" on the bookshelf, though its treatment of the Berlin is rather dismissive.. ]

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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by PeterFarr » Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:21 pm

Bernard scored 6/7 for Hastings in the mid sussex league this year, which speaks for itself.

A strong and most courteous opponent; having dealt out an absolute thrashing to me 4-5 years ago, he was politeness itself in the post-mortem - saying things like "well this was an interesting idea.. " when the more normal response would have been "good grief why have I travelled all the way across Sussex on a horrible winter evening to play a pub game against this moron"

Happy birthday!!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:05 pm

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A book I've read many, many times: Bernard Cafferty's translations of Soviet sources on the 1971 series.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:09 pm

John Saunders wrote:One of the most cherished characters in British chess, FM Bernard Cafferty, celebrates his 80th birthday today.
That makes him a day younger than my mum 8)

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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by IngridLauterbach » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:54 pm

Happy Birthday to Bernard from me as well! I still remember well the party for his 70th at the tennis courts in Hammersmith.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by Andy Stoker » Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:33 pm

Much valued for all he has done - and all that he is and has been.

For me, I particularly appreciate:
His support of Birmingham schools chess in the 1960s and 70s - especially at St Phillip's GS
His excellent leadership in the Birmingham Chess Club in the same era
The qualities he brought to the editorship of the BCM - not least a focus on accuracy and the provenance of information

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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:09 pm

Has written some very interesting stuff on Soviet chess - both on the board and off it - down the years.

I recall his debunking of the idea that J V Dzughashvilli was ever any good at the game :)
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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by John Upham » Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:11 pm

The December 2010 issue of British Chess Magazine contained an article by Steve Giddins entitled

Bernard Cafferty - 30 years at his post!

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FM Bernard Cafferty, Hastings 2013-14
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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:02 am

Sorry I'm a day late.

and I agree with all the compliments. Bernard has always being friendly and helpful, when I have sought information.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by MJMcCready » Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:05 pm

His book on the Soviet Championships, co-authored with Taimanov, is an absolute pleasure to read.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by David Robertson » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:00 pm

Happy Birthday indeed!

From the picture above, Bernard doesn't appear a day older than when, as a schoolkid, I played him nearly fifty years ago. Marvellous!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:09 pm

David Robertson wrote:Happy Birthday indeed!

From the picture above, Bernard doesn't appear a day older than when, as a schoolkid, I played him nearly fifty years ago. Marvellous!
I played Bernard as an adult 53 years ago and think your memory is deluded.....

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