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Murray Chandler
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,333
Years covered: 1973 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2518
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +556 -271 =490 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 16 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (245) 
    B90 B22 B44 B33 B32
 Ruy Lopez (101) 
    C84 C80 C78 C92 C91
 French Defense (93) 
    C11 C19 C18 C10 C03
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (47) 
    C84 C92 C91 C89 C86
 Caro-Kann (44) 
    B17 B19 B12 B10 B15
 Sicilian Najdorf (37) 
    B90 B92 B94 B99 B96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (181) 
    B33 B40 B90 B22 B52
 Queen's Indian (50) 
    E12 E15 E14 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    A46 E00 A45 E10 D05
 Caro-Kann (42) 
    B10 B12 B19 B14 B17
 Nimzo Indian (42) 
    E32 E52 E46 E49 E25
 Tarrasch Defense (35) 
    D34 D32 D33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Chandler vs A J Mestel, 1981 1-0
   Chandler vs I Rogers, 1984 1-0
   A Kosten vs Chandler, 1991 0-1
   Chandler vs A Fernandes, 2001 1-0
   Chandler vs B Feustel, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Chandler vs O I Barkan, 1975 1-0
   Chandler vs I Rogers, 1983 1/2-1/2
   Chandler vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Chandler vs M Steadman, 2008 1-0
   Fedorowicz vs Chandler, 1979 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Winstone Chess Challenge Match (1983)
   New Zealand Championship (2008)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Plaza (1988)
   New Zealand Championship (1977)
   1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   Queenstown Classic (2006)
   Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1984 Phillips & Drew GLC Kings Tt by Benzol
   1999 Bermuda Mermaid Beach club by gauer
   Linares 1988 by suenteus po 147
   2005-6 Australian championship by gauer
   85th New Zealand Ch by Benzol
   Plaza International Chess Tt 1988 by Benzol
   maestro37's favorite games B19 Caro-Kan Classica by maestro37
   Winstone Chess Challenge Match by Benzol

   Chandler vs Greg Wilson (2013) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-04-1960, 57 years old) New Zealand

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Murray Graham Chandler was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He was awarded the IM title in 1977 and the GM title in 1982. He was joint New Zealand Champion in 1975-76 (shared with Lev Isaakovich Aptekar and Ortvin Sarapu) and joint Commonwealth Champion in 1984. His best tournament results were 2nds at London 1984, London 1986 and Amsterdam 1987 and he has played both for New Zealand (1976-1980) and England (1982-86) in the Olympiads. He edited Tournament Chess for a time from 1981 onwards and as well as writing he became the managing director of Gambit Publications.

He was the organizer and winner of a large tournament, the Queenstown Classic in New Zealand in January 2006 and this tournament also incorporated the 113th New Zealand Championship making Chandler the New Zealand Champion for the second time. He won his third New Zealand title at the 115th New Zealand Championship (2008) which was held in Auckland where he currently resides.

Wikipedia article: Murray Chandler

 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,333  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Van Der Werff vs Chandler  0-1291973Wellington Schoolpupils ChB01 Scandinavian
2. Chandler vs P Kelly 1-0671974Queens Birthday TtC02 French, Advance
3. Chandler vs S Quah  ½-½181974Asian Teams TtB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. N Seki vs Chandler  0-1241974Asian Teams TtB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Chandler vs O Sarapu  0-1381975New Zealand ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
6. E M Green vs Chandler 1-0411975New Zealand ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
7. J Stirling vs Chandler  0-1301975Australian Junior ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. M Goldschmidt vs Chandler 0-1201975Australian Junior ChD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. P Thipsay vs Chandler ½-½441975World Junior ChB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Chandler vs J Sunye Neto ½-½431975World Junior ChB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. Hoi vs Chandler 0-1381975World Junior ChD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Chandler vs O I Barkan 1-0251975World JuniorC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
13. Chandler vs L Cornford  1-042197583rd NZ ChB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Chandler vs P G Killick  1-0451976Buckley, WalesC05 French, Tarrasch
15. B Veber vs Chandler  0-1451976Ch World (cadets)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. R Wansink vs Chandler  ½-½521976Wansink-Chandler MatchA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Chandler vs G Botterill 1-0241976National Bank of Dubai OpenB07 Pirc
18. R Wansink vs Chandler  ½-½331976New Zealand Junior ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. D E Rumens vs Chandler 0-1591976H. E. Atkins Memorial TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
20. Chandler vs R Wansink  1-0371976Wansink-Chandler MatchB12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. R Wansink vs Chandler  ½-½441976Wansink - Chandler MatchB40 Sicilian
22. R Bellin vs Chandler  0-1451976Ilford OpenB33 Sicilian
23. Chandler vs E M Green 1-055197683rd New Zealand ChB40 Sicilian
24. Chandler vs O Sarapu  1-063197683rd New Zealand ChC77 Ruy Lopez
25. P Garbett vs Chandler  ½-½39197683rd NZ ChB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,333  PGN Download
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  Richard Taylor: I met Chandler a couple of times and he published my game that won the best game prize in the NZ Corresp. Championship (ca. 1982 I think). For years he had a great chess column in the New Zealand Listener with many interesting GM and other games and games by himself.

He played match with IM Sarapu but his GM skills were too much and he won most games.

He beat Kasparov I think when he was in World Juniors etc but he was easily in the top 10 or 20 players in the world at one stage. He looked abit like Ulf Anderson (as he said) and was sometimes mistaken for him).

I recall once where he came close to beating Karpov and taking a major tourney but "misfired".

He is now in NZ, Manager of Gambit Books. He organises the Queenstown Classic which will be at the end of this year again. It attracts some quite strong GMs etc but anyone can play in the tourney.

Jun-06-11  ketchuplover: On kco lists Mr.Chandler in his top 10 players!
Apr-04-12  waustad: Happy b'day!
Apr-04-12  Llawdogg: How to Beat Your Dad at Chess!
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  Penguincw: Happy 52nd Chandler! I bet he is one of the few players with an undefeated + score against Kasparov.
Aug-24-12  waustad: I notice that he isn't playing in the Olympiad this year but his wife is. Is he along as a coach?
Nov-18-12  waustad: In her press conference at the WWCC knockout tournament Zhao Xue said she's playing in Christchurch soon.
Apr-03-13  waustad: Enjoy your last day as a 52 year old. I jus bought another copy of Chess for Children along with a tournament set for a 6 year old. Hopefully he'll take it up.
Apr-04-14  waustad: Happy b'day yet again.
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  offramp: Yes! Happy birthday to him. I will always be grateful to him for having given to the world the fantastic game Karpov vs Chandler, 1983, which Chandler lost. But at one point he could have had the most fantastic win.

As I say on that page, and I don't think this is an exaggeration, <Poor Murray did indeed miss the chance of one of the most spectacular wins ever against a world champion>.

Apr-04-14  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday Son (I see they are still getting our games mixed up - see above - that minor brilliancy was one of mine).

A lad at a bookstall a few years back wanted me to sign 'How to Beat Your Dad." thinking I was really Murray's dad. No amount of proof would convince him otherwise. I eventually signed it adding 'I'm not Murray's Dad.'

Yes the missed Queen sac v Karpov - one of the 'great unplayed melodies of the chess board.' (good title for a chess book that one.)

May-16-14  waustad: He has purchased a church that is meant to be a chess center as well as venue for weddings and such. Nigel Short played a simul there to comemmorate it's reopening.
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  Benzol: <waustad> You can find most of the games played in that simul at this page
Jan-04-15  waustad: Chessbase has an article about the 122nd New Zealand Open Championships 2015 by Chandler, who is the tournament promoter. So far it is only in German,, but I would suspect that it will be on the English page soon. Richard Taylor is one of the players. Chessbomb is showing the top 4 boards live and has had some other games added later on.
Jan-04-15  waustad: Here is the link in English:
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  Richard Taylor: < offramp: Yes! Happy birthday to him. I will always be grateful to him for having given to the world the fantastic game Karpov vs Chandler, 1983, which Chandler lost. But at one point he could have had the most fantastic win. As I say on that page, and I don't think this is an exaggeration, <Poor Murray did indeed miss the chance of one of the most spectacular wins ever against a world champion> >

Yes, he used to have a big column in our local Listener, and he mentioned that. He missed it as the 'rush of blood to the head' lead him to miss or not play the right move, which I think he might have seen, I think it was a psychological thing.

He's there everyday. His big thing are his 'church' (the Chess Centre) and his Gambit Book business etc.

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  Richard Taylor: <waustad: Here is the link in English:

Thanks for that. Goodhue often turns up (or used to) (especially to club games) late. He played an opening that Bischoff thought might be a new deep theory but when pressed admitted, after the game (he doesn't play main lines and improvises to get out of 'book', but one of his "innovations", we pointed out to him, was the Rossolimo which he thought he had invented!) he had just made it up. I looked at his game and he was o.k. but overlooked a good exchange sac by Bischoff which was strong if not winning.

He's good on counter attack. Good that some lower ranked players get to play the GMs or have the chance to.

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  Benzol: Grandmaster vs Master

Game Collection: Winstone Chess Challenge Match

Apr-03-15  waustad: Happy birthday. It's a few minutes to it here, but you're in the midst. You are now a double nickel!
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  perfidious: <Richard....Good that some lower ranked players get to play the GMs or have the chance to.>

That was always a treat during my active career.

Jun-09-15  waustad: I see that there is an award winning film about chess from New Zealand:

I suppose this is as good as anywhere for an NZ chess news post.

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  Stonehenge: <waustad>

See Genesis Potini.

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  wordfunph: "White, I'm not Adorjan."

- GM Murray Chandler (when asked for his favourite color)

Source: NIC Magazine 2015 #3

Apr-04-16  waustad: Happy birthday!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Murray Chandler.
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