William Nicholas Watson
Number of games in database: 237
Years covered: 1977 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2489 (2492 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2527
Overall record: +69 -77 =90 (48.3%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.
1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.
NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
G Burgess vs W Watson, 1989 0-1
W Watson vs M Stangl, 1998 1-0
W Watson vs Meduna, 1992 1-0
W Watson vs J Littlewood, 1991 1-0
Gheorghiu vs W Watson, 1980 0-1
Plaskett vs W Watson, 1983 0-1
W Watson vs C P Gawood, 1977 1-0
J Sloth vs W Watson, 1991 0-1
W Watson vs Short, 1983 1-0
W Watson vs T Karolyi Jr., 1986 1-0
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W Watson vs S Conquest (2012) 1/2-1/2
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|WILLIAM NICHOLAS WATSON
(born Apr-18-1962, 56 years old) United Kingdom
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|William Nicholas Watson was born in Baghdad, Iraq. He was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1990.|
| page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 237
|1. W Watson vs C P Gawood
||1-0||27||1977||British Chess Federation Junior Championship||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|2. Karpov vs W Watson
|| ||1-0||30||1977||Lloyds Bank Junior Clock Simul||B32 Sicilian|
|3. M Corden vs W Watson
||1-0||57||1978||BCF-ch||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|4. W Watson vs P Motwani
|| ||½-½||32||1978||BCF-ch||C15 French, Winawer|
|5. M J Freeman vs W Watson
|| ||0-1||36||1978||BCF-ch||E77 King's Indian|
|6. W Watson vs B Cafferty
|| ||½-½||19||1978||BCF-ch||B32 Sicilian|
|7. G Bonner vs W Watson
|| ||0-1||31||1978||BCF-ch||B20 Sicilian|
|8. W Watson vs S Knott
|| ||1-0||37||1978||BCF-ch||C15 French, Winawer|
|9. S Taulbut vs W Watson
|| ||1-0||30||1978||BCF-ch||B27 Sicilian|
|10. W Watson vs J Horner
|| ||1-0||64||1978||BCF-ch||C53 Giuoco Piano|
|11. S Webb vs W Watson
|| ||1-0||38||1978||BCF-ch||B27 Sicilian|
|12. W Watson vs A J Whiteley
|| ||1-0||40||1978||BCF-ch||B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long|
|13. Plaskett vs W Watson
|| ||1-0||51||1978||BCF-ch||B23 Sicilian, Closed|
|14. A Muir vs W Watson
|| ||1-0||24||1979||Lloyds Bank Open||E83 King's Indian, Samisch|
|15. J Horner vs W Watson
|| ||0-1||36||1979||BCF-ch||B20 Sicilian|
|16. Antunes vs W Watson
|| ||0-1||39||1980||EU-ch U20||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|17. W Watson vs L Day
|| ||0-1||54||1980||Brighton||C24 Bishop's Opening|
|18. Gheorghiu vs W Watson
||0-1||50||1980||London ENG||E70 King's Indian|
|19. W Watson vs C D'Amore
|| ||0-1||40||1981||Groningen-jr||C26 Vienna|
|20. L Schandorff vs W Watson
|| ||½-½||8||1981||Haderslev||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|21. W Watson vs E Prie
|| ||½-½||15||1981||Haderslev||C10 French|
|22. E Jelling vs W Watson
|| ||0-1||51||1981||Haderslev||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|23. W Watson vs K Rasmussen
|| ||1-0||25||1981||Haderslev||C15 French, Winawer|
|24. W Watson vs D Rej
|| ||1-0||27||1981||Haderslev||C15 French, Winawer|
|25. P Fransson vs W Watson
|| ||½-½||17||1981||Haderslev||B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical|
| page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 237
|Jun-02-04|| ||weary willy: The grandmaster who plays like a "drunk machine gunner" - but I can't remember who said that about Willie. Largely inactive now? What is he doing (and what are Stean, Nunn, Mestel, Speelman doing to earn a crust now?) |
|Jun-02-04|| ||mahmoudkubba: ANYHOW IS HE SWEDEN, RUSSIAN, OR a USA player or from which country??
Any information on him please??
One another question how to go to find information on a player in the chessgames.com database??
|Jun-02-04|| ||ughaibu: He's a Brit. |
|Oct-13-04|| ||Jesuitic Calvinist: <WW> Last time I saw WNW, he was working in the City of London as a lawyer. |
|Feb-11-08|| ||katar: According to Wikipedia:
Boris Spassky once famously described his style of play as that of a drunk with a machine gun. Nowadays a practicing lawyer, Watson has for many years been inactive as a chess player.
|Apr-18-08|| ||brankat: <Boris Spassky once famously described his style of play as that of a drunk with a machine gun.> |
That's how I play more and more often. Not really suited for educational chess books, but a lot of fun :-)
Happy Birthday Mr.Watson!
|Apr-18-09|| ||wordfunph: <Boris Spassky once famously described his style of play as that of a drunk with a machine gun.>|
Hope that GM Watson won't get hold of a machine gun and alcohol during games coz it will surely be an interesting game..
Happy Birthday to lawyer GM William Watson..
|Jan-22-11|| ||GrahamClayton: A game not in the database:
[White "Watson, William Nicholas"]
[Black "Dunworth, Christopher"]
1. e4 ♘f6 2. ♘c3 d5 3. e5 ♘e4 4. ♘ce2 f6 5. d3 ♘g5 6. ♗xg5 fxg5 7. h4 g4 8. ♘f4 g6 9. d4 ♗h6 10. ♘d3 ♘a6 11. ♗e2 c5 12. ♗xg4 cxd4 13. h5 ♘c5 14. ♗xc8 ♖xc8 15. ♘f3 ♕a5+ 16. ♔f1 ♘e4 17. hxg6 hxg6 18. ♘xd4 ♔d7 19. g3 ♗e3
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20. ♕g4+ ♔c7 21. ♖xh8 ♖xh8 22. ♘b3 ♕b6 23. fxe3 ♕xe3 24. ♔g2 ♘g5 25. ♖e1 1-0
Source: Bill Wall, “500 Alekhine Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, 1994
|Mar-01-12|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is a quick Watson victory that I have uploaded to the database:|
[Site "Gijon, France"]
[White "Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez"]
[Black "William Nicholas Watson"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bh4 g5 4. f3 gxh4 5. fxe4 e5 6. Nf3 Bh6 7. g3 O-O 8.
dxe5 Nc6 9. c3 d6 10. exd6 cxd6 11. Nbd2 Be6 12. Nb3 Qb6 13. gxh4 Be3 14. Qd3 Ne5 15. Nxe5 dxe5 0-1
Source: Nick DeFirmian, Modern Chess Openings, 13th Edition, David McKay Company, New York, 1990, p. 448.
|Mar-01-12|| ||GrahamClayton: I had a chuckle at Willie's biography here: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/...|
Chess was a "mini-career" before his "real" career as a lawyer :-)
|Mar-02-12|| ||King Death: Yeah, he really didn't do anything in chess with that mini career. Just a GM. What a fish.|
One small note on the site in the game above, Gijon is in Spain not France. It was one of the places where Alekhine played at the end of his life after the French regained their country and I think the French would've considered him persona non grata.
|Apr-18-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, William Watson.|
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