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Murray Chandler
Number of games in database: 1,319
Years covered: 1973 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2518
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605
Overall record: +550 -271 =483 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      15 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (243) 
    B90 B22 B44 B32 B33
 Ruy Lopez (101) 
    C84 C78 C80 C92 C64
 French Defense (93) 
    C11 C18 C19 C10 C03
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (46) 
    C84 C92 C91 C86 C89
 Caro-Kann (43) 
    B17 B19 B12 B10 B15
 Sicilian Najdorf (39) 
    B90 B92 B94 B96 B97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (175) 
    B33 B40 B90 B22 B52
 Queen's Indian (50) 
    E12 E15 E14 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    A46 E00 A45 E10 A41
 Nimzo Indian (42) 
    E32 E52 E46 E49 E25
 Caro-Kann (42) 
    B10 B19 B12 B14 B17
 Tarrasch Defense (33) 
    D34 D32 D33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Kosten vs Chandler, 1991 0-1
   Chandler vs I Rogers, 1984 1-0
   Chandler vs A Fernandes, 2001 1-0
   Chandler vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Spassky vs Chandler, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Chandler vs M Steadman, 2008 1-0
   Chandler vs O I Barkan, 1975 1-0
   Chandler vs R Henley, 1982 1-0
   Chandler vs H Olafsson, 1991 1-0
   Chandler vs Gulko, 1991 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1984 Phillips & Drew GLC Kings Tt by Benzol
   85th New Zealand Ch by Benzol
   Linares 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Plaza International Chess Tt 1988 by Benzol
   maestro37's favorite games B19 Caro-Kan Classica by maestro37
   maestro37's favorite games B16 Caro-Kan by maestro37

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(born Apr-04-1960, 54 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.

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 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,319  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Van Der Werff vs Chandler  0-129 1973 Wellington Schoolpupils ChB01 Scandinavian
2. Chandler vs S Quah  ½-½18 1974 Asian Teams TtB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. N Seki vs Chandler  0-124 1974 Asian Teams TtB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Chandler vs P Kelly 1-067 1974 Queens Birthday TtC02 French, Advance
5. Chandler vs P Paris 1-028 1975 New Zealand ChampionshipC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
6. M Goldschmidt vs Chandler 0-120 1975 Australian Junior ChD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Chandler vs O Sarapu  0-138 1975 New Zealand ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
8. E M Green vs Chandler 1-041 1975 New Zealand ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
9. J Stirling vs Chandler  0-130 1975 Australian Junior ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Chandler vs O I Barkan 1-025 1975 World JuniorC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. Chandler vs R Greenberg  0-150 1976 Ch World (cadets)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. R Bellin vs Chandler  0-145 1976 Ilford OpenB33 Sicilian
13. Chandler vs P G Killick  1-045 1976 Buckley, WalesC05 French, Tarrasch
14. Chandler vs G Botterill 1-024 1976 National Bank of Dubai OpenB07 Pirc
15. I Rogers vs Chandler 0-135 1976 World Cadet Ch U17B22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. D E Rumens vs Chandler 0-159 1976 H. E. Atkins Memorial TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
17. Chandler vs E M Green 1-055 1976 New Zealand ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
18. W Fairhurst vs Chandler 1-044 1976 New Zealand ChampionshipD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
19. R Wansink vs Chandler  ½-½33 1976 New Zealand Junior ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
20. Miles vs Chandler  1-029 1976 HaifaE12 Queen's Indian
21. J Horner vs Chandler  0-139 1976 BCF-chB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. Chandler vs O Sarapu  1-063 1976 83rd New Zealand ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
23. J N Sugden vs Chandler  1-044 1976 BCF-chE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
24. R Wansink vs Chandler  ½-½44 1976 Wansink - Chandler MatchB40 Sicilian
25. E Rayner vs Chandler  1-056 1976 BCF-chB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,319  PGN Download
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Jan-09-11  redpawnharry: That game was played by Geoff Chandler v Alastair White in Edinburgh 1980.
Mar-03-11  newzild: Murray Chandler is the reason I play chess.

When I was a youngster, Chandler had a chess column in the NZ Listener. I taught myself to play by figuring out what the little symbols meant and playing them out on a very cheap chessboard. I played through the games religiously, every week, even though I didn't really understand them.

Thirty-odd years later, I really enjoy playing through GM games and solving puzzles, and I am expert-strength over the board.

Thanks, Muzza. Hopefully I can play you some time in a simul.

Mar-04-11  GBKnight: I player Murray in a memorable (for me) game in 1981, when he was living in England. After achieving a good opening I went into an ending the exchange for a pawn or two ahead, with good winning chnaces. Needless, to say, I managed to misplay it and ended up losing. He was editor of the British Chess Magazine for abour 10 years, during possibly its best period as far as I am concerned.
Apr-04-11  newzild: Interesting that his two wins against Kasparov are not included under "notable games".

Happy birthday, Mr. Chandler. Hopefully I get to play you some time when I return to NZ.

By the way, he was NZ champion in 1975 and again in 2008, a difference of 33 years. Is this a record for a national champion?

Apr-04-11  homer530: Happy Birthday GM Murray Chandler. I still remember when you play here in Manila.
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  Benzol: Once again, happy birthday.


Apr-04-11  WhiteRook48: happy 51st birthday GM Chandler!
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  waustad: Happy b'day again!
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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!
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  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.
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  waustad: I notice that he isn't playing in the Olympiad this year but his wife is. Is he along as a coach?
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  waustad: In her press conference at the WWCC knockout tournament Zhao Xue said she's playing in Christchurch soon.
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  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.
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  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.)

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  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
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  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.
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  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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