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Edward Winter
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Years covered: 1973 to 1974

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(born 1955) United Kingdom

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Edward Gerard Winter is a British journalist, archivist, collector, author and one of the world's most notable chess historians.

He is the author of several important books, including World Chess Champions (1981), CAPABLANCA: A Compendium of Games, Notes, Articles, Correspondence, Illustrations and Other Rare Archival Materials on the Cuban Chess Genius José Raúl Capablanca, 1888-1942 (1989), Chess Explorations (1996), Kings, Commoners and Knaves (1999), A Chess Omnibus (2003), and Chess Facts and Fables (2006).

Winter maintains the Chess History Center website (, which hosts and archives his regular column, Chess Notes. He now lives in Switzerland.

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Last updated: 2016-10-11 23:55:59

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Simpole vs E Winter 1-0291973HoveC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. J S Rubin vs E Winter 0-1141974CasualA06 Reti Opening
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  brankat: Is this the famous Chess History page?

A GM and 2 Masters! Not bad :-)

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  Robed.Bishop: Well, I used the phrase "naked breast" and everyone came running in.
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  FSR: Naked breast?! Where?

One time some decades ago I was rolling my shopping cart into the local grocery store, when I noticed an ad to the right (on the wall where the store lets people post ads) that displayed a lot of breast. (It was some sort of breastfeeding-related ad.) I turned my head to look at it and, distracted, crashed my shopping cart into the wall. A woman looked to see what had distracted me so, and cracked up laughing.

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  Robed.Bishop: <FSR> Hard to look cool after that...
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  OhioChessFan: <FSR: One time some decades ago I was rolling my shopping cart into the local grocery store, when I noticed an ad to the right (on the wall where the store lets people post ads) that displayed a lot of breast. (It was some sort of breastfeeding-related ad.) I turned my head to look at it and, distracted, crashed my shopping cart into the wall. A woman looked to see what had distracted me so, and cracked up laughing.>

One Sunday morning heading to church, I stopped for a cup of coffee. I never use sleeves but they put one on without me asking. Facing me, the sleeve listed the name of the coffee shop. I got to church, and walked in holding the coffee when the minister did a double take and said "What is that?" I didn't think he was taking offense to bringing coffee in, so I didn't know what he was talking about. A woman started laughing and said "Doing some advertising?"

Thoroughly confused, she said "Turn the cup around." On the other half of the sleeve, facing away from me, and toward the world, was an ad for lingerie. It featured a pretty and rather amply endowed blonde. I didn't mind too much, not enough laughter in the world, but still a bit embarrassing.

Aug-27-12  I play the Fred: <A reminder should hardly be necessary, but readers are requested not to help themselves to whatever they please on the Chess Notes pages.

The level of misappropriation can be remarkable. For instance, our feature article Books about Fischer and Kasparov has frequently been lifted en bloc, sometimes even without attribution.

We wonder too when a certain Canadian grandmaster will remove from his website our copyrighted material, including the 2,000-word article A Catastrophic Encyclopedia.>

Dec-26-12  waustad: As <ray_keene> said: <for years i thought he was a crusty old gent ( like me now) not a kid! ( well hes not a kid any more but hes younger than me!!)> That's exactly my take on it. I had no idea he was still in his 50s.
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  TheFocus: Hmmm. I have 2-3 more books that he has translated to English. Will get the exact titles and add them to his bio.

And in case he drops in and sees this - Have a Happy New Year Mr. Winter! I check out <Chess Notes> every day!

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  Ron: Edward Winter had an article in chessbase about hypermodernism:

On the one hand, Winter spent a liitle time focusing on the use of the word 'hypermodern', which, I don't find worthwhile. But the thrust of the article is about those who anticipated hypermodern play, which, I feel is the sort of thing chess historians SHOULD be doing.

I suggest that another precursor to hypermodernism was Steinitz. In this game, he played the Advance Variation against the French, and over protected E5:

Steinitz vs Showalter, 1898

Jul-26-13  BlackFront: Winter raises <Uncomfortable questions>:
Sep-21-13  Karpova: Olimpiu G. Urcan, <936. Edward Winter on Journalistic Malpractice>, 20 September 2013:

<The worst exponents are unmasked and dismantled with penetrating precision, stylish takedowns, and, the most damaging ammunition of all, irrefutable facts.>

Apr-18-14  Conrad93: Weird. Someone on was saying he lives in Switzerland.
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  TheFocus: Switzerland was the address on the package when I ordered some books from him.
Apr-19-14  RedShield: I'm sure there are lots of people on who live in Switzerland. Why is this news?
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  TheFocus: We would have to ask <Conrad93> why it is news.


Apr-20-14  Conrad93: Where did this biography come from?

What is it from

Apr-20-14  N0B0DY:
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  offramp: What is Mr T's favourite yoghurt?

A Petit Filou.

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  MissScarlett: Winter's in a wonderfully crotchety, if not splenetic mood. First, he's practically demanding an apology from Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam:

Now, he's tearing into chess forums, in general, but, no doubt, this site, in particular:

<There are other possibilities too, of course, and of all the lessons to be learned from the shambolic, sprawling rumpus over ‘Vive la Différence’ (an article still being discussed by individuals who have not read it) a neglected one is mentioned here, in the context of any current issues (as opposed to history and lore): the lack of a proper on-line chess forum where topical controversies can be discussed in depth; where comprehensive and comprehensible coverage is founded on facts and informed opinions; where contributions bear the writer’s real name; where hearsay is absent; where wit is welcome but glib illiterates are not; where Internet links are supplied only if they lead to something worthwhile; where irrelevancy and repetition are avoided; where strong criticism of people and of ideas is expressed solely if based on substantiated information; where all relevant sources are cited; where points are not deemed true, or even noteworthy, merely because they come from the mainstream media; where press articles by non-chess-specialists are treated not with automatic gratitude but with particular caution; where misquotation is excoriated; where the debate, however lively, is moderated with rigorous even-handedness; where good linguistic standards are ensured; where contributors and readers are treated with the respect that they deserve; where anyone, including top-level masters, would be proud to have a contribution posted.

Wanted: one topical chess forum where 100% of the contributions are worth reading, and not 100 forums where 1% are.>

Oh mate, the solution should be obvious: just put everyone else but me on ignore.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <MissScarlett (current incarnation)> Yes ma'am; you're practically CG's unofficial Minister of Racial and Chess Hygiene.
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  Tabanus: I find Edward J. Winter born 1955 in Surrey, and Edward G. Winter born 1957 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Yorkshire.
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  MissScarlett: Do you have the initials of the parents of that Edward G? I think I may know the identity of Winter's parents, but am reluctant to publicise the full names because i)I might be wrong, ii)I might be right.

Do you have an email address that I could contact you on?

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  Tabanus: Only that the mother's maiden name was Pearson. But that may not be him, and my advice is: leave it as is.
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  MissScarlett: Somewhat gnomic advice. Newcastle, incidentally, isn't in Yorkshire.
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  Tabanus: I just copied from the ancestry source: "Inferred County: Yorkshire, Northumberland, Westmorland", but that's wrong. Anyway, I think that if Mr. Winter was interested in telling his details (it seems he is not), we would have known already.
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