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Leonard William Barden
Number of games in database: 111
Years covered: 1945 to 1972
Overall record: +25 -42 =44 (42.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B47 B42 B32 B94 B90
 French Defense (9) 
    C02 C05 C19 C03 C18
 King's Indian (5) 
    E95 E89 E94 E78 E80
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C75 C76 C97 C84
 Vienna Opening (4) 
    C25 C27 C26
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (16) 
    E80 E69 E70 E71 E89
 Sicilian (15) 
    B56 B58 B59 B68 B30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Young vs L Barden, 1945 0-1
   L Barden vs W Adams, 1950 1-0
   L Barden vs J Penrose, 1959 1-0
   Fazekas vs L Barden, 1958 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1957/58 (1957)
   Hastings 1960/61 (1960)
   Hastings 1961/62 (1961)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1960/61 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1951/52 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1957/58 by suenteus po 147

GAMES ANNOTATED BY BARDEN: [what is this?]
   Marjanovic vs Keene, 1980
   S Odendahl vs Keene, 1979

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LEONARD WILLIAM BARDEN
(born Aug-20-1929, 85 years old) United Kingdom

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Leonard William Barden was born in Croydon, London, England. He was joint British Champion in 1954 and was 1st= in 1958 but lost the play-off. In 1952 he was 1st at Paignton ahead of Daniel Abraham Yanofsky and at Bognor 1954 he was 1st= with Alberic O'Kelly de Galway. He played in four Olympiads between 1952 and 1962 but then shifted emphasis to writing (he is chess correspondent for The Guardian newspaper), grading and junior chess. He has also authored a number of chess books.

Wikipedia article: Leonard Barden


 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 111  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Young vs L Barden 0-120 1945 corrs. -C58 Two Knights
2. L Barden vs P N Wallis  0-136 1949 SouthseaC02 French, Advance
3. G A Thomas vs L Barden  ½-½26 1949 SouthseaC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
4. Rossolimo vs L Barden  1-054 1949 SouthseaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. A Thomas vs L Barden  ½-½40 1950 Hastings 5051C50 Giuoco Piano
6. O'Kelly vs L Barden  1-028 1950 Hastings 5051E01 Catalan, Closed
7. L Barden vs Rossolimo 0-138 1950 HastingsB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
8. Unzicker vs L Barden  1-020 1950 Hastings 5051D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
9. Tartakower vs L Barden  1-028 1950 SouthseaE20 Nimzo-Indian
10. L Barden vs A Phillips  ½-½64 1950 Hastings 5051E02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
11. Golombek vs L Barden ½-½25 1950 SouthseaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. V Castaldi vs L Barden  1-070 1950 Hastings 5051B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
13. J Penrose vs L Barden  ½-½37 1950 Hastings 5051B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
14. Bogoljubov vs L Barden  ½-½24 1950 SouthseaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. L Barden vs Golombek ½-½18 1950 Hastings 5051B10 Caro-Kann
16. L Barden vs W Adams 1-027 1950 Hastings 5051C57 Two Knights
17. L Barden vs G Berriman  ½-½30 1951 OxfordC17 French, Winawer, Advance
18. L Barden vs S Popel 0-165 1951 Hastings 1951/52E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
19. Wade vs L Barden  ½-½66 1951 OxfordC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
20. Golombek vs L Barden  ½-½20 1951 Hastings 1951/52E10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. W Fairhurst vs L Barden  ½-½21 1951 OxfordE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
22. L Barden vs Yanofsky  ½-½23 1951 OxfordD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. L Barden vs A Thomas  ½-½54 1951 Hastings 1951/52C49 Four Knights
24. W Heidenfeld vs L Barden  1-021 1951 OxfordE00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. G Abrahams vs L Barden  ½-½49 1951 Hastings 1951/52A54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
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Sep-05-08  rudysanford: Does anyone have an opinion on his book- The Ruy Lopez: Winning Chess with 1. P-K4? Has it aged well? Is it still useful? Is it more of a book for white than black?
Oct-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: C.N. 5783

Leonard Barden in "The Guardian", 24 February 1975, page 16:

<But in my opinion there is a very clear favourite for world champion in 1990. He is 11-year-old Gary Wainstein from Baku, coached by IM Bagirov, youngest player in the USSR junior championship and youngest candidate master since Karpov. In english rating terms, Wainstein is a 190 player (2120 on the Elo scale) and improving fast.>

Source: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Oct-01-08  Red October: i liked his columns
Mar-02-09  Open Defence: and he is still alive though I imagine he is retired.

I miss his columns

Apr-07-09  Open Defence: In the Mahabaratha there is the story of Ekalavya, the archer who studies by thinking of Dronacharya (the teacher of the famed archer Arjuna), his prowess increases solely on account of devotion to his Guru (teacher)

When he finally meets his Guru, Arjuna is jealous of his prowess and Drona to keep a promise to Arjuna that he will be the best Archer in the world asks Ekalavya for a "Gurudakshina" i.e. a gift which the student is to give his Guru in return for knowledge and demands Ekalvya's thumb as his Gurudakshina

Ekalavya gladly gives up his thumb

well what does all this have to do with Barden ? well I kind of feel like Ekalavya in that I studied a lot from the columns of Mr Barden, though he was never my Guru in person he certainly is one in deed

Apr-09-09  falso contacto: cool post.
im not sure I understood that part "maha-who-knows-what", but i always thought Arjuna was a wolf-hunter. Indeed Patagonic gauchos used to say "Arjuna con la lobuna". And if you consult La Sevillana Library, which might be sharp-edged, you will know that "lobuna" is a female wolf.
Apr-11-09
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  Benzol: <Open Defence> <and he is still alive though I imagine he is retired.>

While I doing a bit of research about Bob Wade and Fedor Bohatirchuk I found a reference to <chessgames.com> by Len Barden at www.ecforum.org.uk dated December 2008. It's possible he visits here clandestinely.

Apr-11-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  roberts partner: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/chess
Apr-19-09  falso contacto: I wasn't trying to disrespect the Mahabaratha. Just mixed with some argentinian popular culture (Inodoro Pereyra). But it's a tough task.
May-01-10  newzild: My mum bought me Barden's book Play Better Chess for my 11th birthday. It was my first chessbook. There was no chess club where I lived (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand), so I used to play through the grandmaster games by myself. Thirty years later, I'm an expert-strength player and still look at the book from time to time. It's buried in the back of the wardrobe somewhere.

Thanks for the inspiration, Leonard.

Sep-13-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I played (and managed to draw) an Internet 15-minute game against Barden earlier this year, which gives me a Morphy Number of 4. (I drew Barden, who drew Mieses at the Hastings Premier Reserves 1949-50, who drew Bird at Hastings 1895(!), who lost many games to Morphy in 1858 and 1859.)

Barden is one of five known living players with a Morphy Number of 3. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphy... and add to the list Melvin Chernev, Irving's son, who played an offhand game with Lasker (who played Bird many times) in 1938. http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... As of a few months ago, Melvin Chernev was alive and living near San Francisco. I spoke to him on the phone.

Sep-13-10  dikankan: Congratulations on that result FSB, and on such an informative post. On the subject of Morphy numbers, I have a copy of the 1971 Volume of the British Chess Magazine, which includes the following obituary (p. 249):

"Essex chess players suffered a severe loss with the death of T.H. George on April 19th at the age of 85. He was the doyen of essex chessplayers...He was rather proud of of having played a man who had played Morphy. this happened in his young days when he beat Jas. Mortimer in a club match; Mortimer had played friendly games with Morphy with Paris in the early sixties if the last century."

I see no reason to doubt this, which if accepted would give T. H. George a Morphy number of 2, and by a route entirely unrecognised by the wikipedia entry to which you have linked. I don't know anything else about T. H. George, but if he was active into the 1950s there may be more extant players who met him and so have Morphy numbers of 3.

Sep-15-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <dikankan> An interesting find. Very likely Mortimer did play Morphy, although unfortunately there is no contemporaneous record of that. Lawson in his magisterial biography of Morphy notes that Mortimer witnessed Morphy's match against Anderssen at the end of 1858, and that on January 3, 1859 an American (probably Mortimer) conveyed to Harrwitz Morphy's offer to play a match against him at pawn and move odds. A number of games that Morphy played in Paris in 1863 are known, but alas none against Mortimer. I know nothing about Mr. George, but if he continued playing chess until the end of his life it is (as you say) highly likely that some of his opponents are still with us.
Sep-15-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <dikankan> I now agree that Mr. George's Morphy Number of 2 is adequately corroborated. CHESS Monthly in September 1892 had an article about Mortimer. From page 66 thereof: "In 1853, he was appointed attaché of the United States Legation in Paris, where he had an opportunity of renewing his acquaintance with Paul Morphy. The two countrymen thus became intimate friends. Both being passionately fond of chess, many hundreds of games were played by the master and pupil . . . ."
Sep-20-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Barden wrote in an e-mail to me this morning:

"Mortimer played Znosko-Borovsky and (most notably) Tartakover at Ostend 1907 which blows up Morphy 3 as a finite one-hand number,

Z-B played at London 1948 (two Penrose brothers), Tartakover met Gligoric, Benko, Bisguier, Fuderer (Bled 1950) , Matanovic, Ivkov, J Penrose and others, Tom George likely played Peter Clarke who was a young member of Ilford CC in the early 1950s when George was still active.

I reckon now the traceable living Morphy 3s number around 15-20.

Best regards

LB"

Sep-21-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: My blog post on Morphy numbers: http://chicagochess.blogspot.com/20...
Feb-14-13  IndigoViolet: Did he ever play in Baden-Baden?
Sep-29-13  Returning Native: He has written a 'puzzle' column daily in the London Evening Standard since the mid 1950s (though now relegated to their website). More information on Wikipedia. I used to read it when I first started working in London nearly 40 years ago. He's a mine of information and helped maintain my love of the game.
Sep-29-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  roberts partner: You can find Barden's column at
www.standard.co.uk/staticpage/chess/
Feb-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "In slower chess you can relax between turns: one UK master in a world team event made his move, went to his hotel room, made love to his girlfriend, returned to the board, and won a pawn."

- Leonard Barden

Feb-22-14  torrefan: He didn't put his pants back before returning to his board? I bet he just mistook it for a pawn.
Aug-20-14  weary willy: Happy Birthday, Mr Barden. A tremendous record of service to British chess for which all UK players can be very grateful.... especially the juniors whom he encouraged and supported through their formative years.

His journalism continues to inform and entertain .... as it has done for so many decades.

Aug-20-14  Penguincw: Happy 85th birthday Leonard William Barden.
Aug-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: He will soon reach the 59th year mark on his column! Kudos :)
Sep-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Savor your $5000 young man
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