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Player: Michael J Franklin (born 2 February 1931, died 25 April 2023)
656 games played 1952-2010 • Download PGNpage last edited Monday May 22, 2023 1:05 PM

Tributes to Michael Franklin on the English Chess Forum

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6 May 2023 583 games played by Michael Franklin who died aged 92 a few days ago. Very sad news - Michael was a courteous and affable man, and a very fine player. I've assembled these games rather quickly - apologies in advance if there are errors or duplicates.
6 May 2023 17 more games added, bringing the running total up to 600. Many thanks to Kevin Thurlow, Roger de Coverly and James Coleman for sending games.
7 May 2023 Three more games, all against Paul Littlewood, added to the collection. Running total now 603 games.
7 May 2023 14 more games added, contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. Plus three more games between Franklin and Ray Keene, from chessgames.com. Running total now 620 games.
8 May 2023 Mark Page shared his game against Michael Franklin from the 1978 LARA Open in London. Thanks, Mark. Also, Paul Habershon posted a game he played against Michael Franklin in 193 on the English Chess Forum. Total game entries now 622.
10 May 2023 Three more games added: (1) M.Franklin 1-0 D.Raeburn, National Club 1971; (2) M.Surtees 0-1 M.Franklin, National Club 1971; (3) M.Franklin 1-0 G.Botterill, Surrey vs Oxfordshire, 20.10.1971. Many thanks to Ken Norman for submitting the games. Total game entries now 625.
13 May 2023 A further 24 Michael Franklin games added, all from various Frome Opens between 1990 and 2010. These were found at the Frome Congress games archive, for which many thanks to the webmaster. Also, thanks to Ken Norman for pointing me in the right direction.
15 May 2023 Another game added: J.Penrose 1-0 M.Franklin, Ilford Premier, 23.05.1970. Jonathan Penrose was suffering from flu at the time and is believed to have fainted at some point during this long game, as he did later in the year during his game with Ulvestad (Andorra) at the Siegen Olympiad. My thanks to Ken Norman for drawing my attention to this game.
19 May 2023 We now have all 11 of Michael Franklin's scores from the 1961 British Championship, compared to 4 complete games and two part-games previously. The extra games are from the Eric Fisher booklet which has been input and submitted by Andy. My thanks to Eric and Andy.
22 May 2023 Added the game J.Nunn 1-0 M.Franklin, Nottingham Open, March 1979.