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William Nicholas Watson
Number of games in database: 243
Years covered: 1977 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2489 (2492 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2527

Overall record: +71 -78 =93 (48.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (45) 
    B23 B21 B46 B62 B45
 French Defense (17) 
    C15 C05 C16 C00 C11
 Vienna Opening (17) 
    C26 C28 C27 C25
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C91 C63 C92 C70 C96
 Sicilian Taimanov (11) 
    B46 B47 B45 B48
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B17 B18 B16 B12 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B70 B76 B72 B20 B22
 King's Indian (30) 
    E73 E97 E94 E84 E99
 Sicilian Dragon (25) 
    B70 B76 B72 B74 B35
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A41 A45 A46 D01 D02
 Pirc (6) 
    B08 B07
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B17 B12 B11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Burgess vs W Watson, 1989 0-1
   W Watson vs Meduna, 1992 1-0
   W Watson vs M Stangl, 1998 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
   W Watson vs Short, 1983 1-0
   J Sloth vs W Watson, 1991 0-1
   W Watson vs T Karolyi Jr., 1986 1-0

   🏆 London League
   W Watson vs S Conquest (2012) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-18-1962, 57 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.

Wikipedia article: William Watson (chess player)

Last updated: 2019-04-18 03:36:54

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 243  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Watson vs C P Gawood 1-0271977British Chess Federation Junior ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. Karpov vs W Watson  1-0301977Lloyds Bank Junior Clock SimulB32 Sicilian
3. M Corden vs W Watson 1-0571978BCF-chB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. W Watson vs P Motwani  ½-½321978BCF-chC15 French, Winawer
5. M J Freeman vs W Watson  0-1361978BCF-chE77 King's Indian
6. W Watson vs B Cafferty  ½-½191978BCF-chB32 Sicilian
7. G Bonner vs W Watson  0-1311978BCF-chB20 Sicilian
8. W Watson vs S Knott  1-0371978BCF-chC15 French, Winawer
9. S Taulbut vs W Watson  1-0301978BCF-chB27 Sicilian
10. W Watson vs J Horner  1-0641978BCF-chC53 Giuoco Piano
11. S Webb vs W Watson  1-0381978BCF-chB27 Sicilian
12. W Watson vs A J Whiteley  1-0401978BCF-chB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
13. Plaskett vs W Watson  1-0511978BCF-chB23 Sicilian, Closed
14. J Horner vs W Watson  0-1361979BCF-chB20 Sicilian
15. A Muir vs W Watson  1-02419793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE83 King's Indian, Samisch
16. W Watson vs L Day  0-1541980BrightonC24 Bishop's Opening
17. Gheorghiu vs W Watson 0-15019804th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE70 King's Indian
18. W Watson vs I D Wells  1-03419804th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA20 English
19. I D Wells vs W Watson  ½-½161980Oxford OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
20. Antunes vs W Watson  0-1391980EU-ch U20A07 King's Indian Attack
21. E Jelling vs W Watson  0-1511981HaderslevB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. W Watson vs K Rasmussen  1-0251981HaderslevC15 French, Winawer
23. W Watson vs D Rej  1-0271981HaderslevC15 French, Winawer
24. P Fransson vs W Watson  ½-½171981HaderslevB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
25. H Danielsen vs W Watson  0-1231981HaderslevE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 243  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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 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.[1] Nowadays a practicing lawyer, Watson has for many years been inactive as a chess player.
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  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!

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  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..

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  GrahamClayton: A game not in the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1987.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Watson, William Nicholas"]
[Black "Dunworth, Christopher"]
[Result "1-0"]

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

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a quick Watson victory that I have uploaded to the database:

[Event "it"]
[Site "Gijon, France"]
[Date "1988.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez"]
[Black "William Nicholas Watson"]
[Result "0-1"]

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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: I had a chuckle at Willie's biography here:

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.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, William Watson.
Jul-27-19  BIDMONFA: William Nicholas Watson


Jul-27-19  Granny O Doul: Spassky also used the "drunk machine gunner" description for Igor Ivanov, though maybe in reference to just a single game. Also, it was modified by "In Russia we say...", but so far, he looks like the only one.

I'm not a historian, but it appeared in Chess Life some time in the late 20th century.

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: When Spassky referred to Ivanov thus, certainly it could have been taken rather more literally, given the latter's well-known tendencies.
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