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George Steven Botterill
Number of games in database: 169
Years covered: 1968 to 1997
Last FIDE rating: 2360
Highest rating achieved in database: 2410

Overall record: +51 -59 =57 (47.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (26) 
    B30 B52 B40 B93 B56
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E20 E46 E44 E45 E41
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A56 A71 A61
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D94 D91 D86
 Pirc (5) 
    B09 B08
 King's Indian (4) 
    E73 E70 E62 E90
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (18) 
    B08 B09 B07
 French Defense (10) 
    C07 C09 C17 C16 C00
 Robatsch (10) 
 French Tarrasch (6) 
    C07 C09 C05
 King's Indian (5) 
    E61 E98 E62 E80 E71
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E45 E36 E25
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J J Carleton vs G Botterill, 1978 0-1
   G Botterill vs R Thomas, 1974 1-0
   M Basman vs G Botterill, 1979 0-1
   G Botterill vs J M Hodgson, 1976 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   BBC Master Game Series 1 by RedShield
   BBC Master Game Series 2 by RedShield

   J L Arnason vs Keene, 1981

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(born Jan-08-1949, 68 years old) United Kingdom

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George Steven Botterill was born in Bradford, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1978. He learned to play chess at age seven and played for Oxford University from 1969 to 1972. Botterill won the Welsh title (jointly) in 1973, figured in a seven-way tie for the British Championship and in the subsequent play-off he finished half a point ahead of William Hartston and therefore took the title (1974). He also won the title outright in 1977. He's best known for his collaboration with Raymond Keene in two works on the Modern and Pirc Defences.

Wikipedia article: George Botterill

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 169  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Botterill vs N J Patterson  ½-½38 1968 Oxford-Cambridge mA56 Benoni Defense
2. G Botterill vs M V Lambshire  1-034 1968 BCF-chB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
3. P Clarke vs G Botterill  1-049 1968 BCF-chB06 Robatsch
4. S Webb vs G Botterill  1-036 1968 BCF-chD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. G Botterill vs J T Farrand  0-129 1968 BCF-chB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. G Speed vs G Botterill  0-128 1968 BCF-chB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
7. G Botterill vs G Bonner  1-040 1968 BCF-chB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
8. B H Wood vs G Botterill  0-159 1968 BCF-chE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. G Botterill vs B Cafferty  ½-½24 1968 BCF-chE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. G Botterill vs N Littlewood 0-134 1968 BCF-chB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
11. C Hilton vs G Botterill  ½-½45 1968 BCF-chB06 Robatsch
12. G Botterill vs A Hollis  ½-½18 1968 BCF-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
13. P C Griffiths vs G Botterill  ½-½55 1970 BCF-chE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
14. G Botterill vs Hartston  1-078 1970 BCF-chA25 English
15. G Botterill vs J M Ripley 1-040 1970 BCF-chD94 Grunfeld
16. G Botterill vs Wade  ½-½15 1970 BCF-chA04 Reti Opening
17. G Botterill vs J Littlewood  ½-½36 1970 BCF-chB33 Sicilian
18. A H Williams vs G Botterill  0-141 1970 BCF-chB08 Pirc, Classical
19. D B Pritchard vs G Botterill  0-142 1970 BCF-chE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
20. R G Eales vs G Botterill  ½-½62 1970 BCF-chE00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. G Botterill vs V W Knox  0-133 1970 BCF-chA00 Uncommon Opening
22. G Botterill vs M Corden 1-028 1970 BCF-chB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. M Fuller vs G Botterill  1-031 1970 BCF-chB20 Sicilian
24. Keene vs G Botterill  1-042 1970 Oxford-Cambridge MatchE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. G Botterill vs Timman  ½-½42 1970 NED-ENGE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-01-03  raylopez99: Botterill wrote a series of books that I enjoyed on chess, and is well known in UK chess circles--RL

"One of the things that appeals to me about competitive chess (I mean over-the-board chess, though presumably the same goes for correspondence chess if there is not too much collusion) is that it is, as games go, very fair. There is quite a lot of luck in chess over the short term. But on the whole it tends to cancel out. Certainly chess compares very favourably with all the things that go under the designation 'real life' ,with all the stacked decks, silver spoons, nepotism, favouritism and disastrous misfortunes that attend. In comparison with the crazy unpredictability and uncontrollability of most of human existence, playing chess (even in a time-scramble!) is like a paradise of rationality. I really do mean that..." -George Botterill International Master

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  Benzol: George Steven Botterill
Born 8th January 1949 in Bradford
IM in 1978
Joint Welsh Champion in 1973 he became British Champion in 1974 (after playoff) and 1977.
Jan-07-06  BIDMONFA: George Steven Botterill

BOTTERILL, George Steven

Dec-01-10  Dionysius: He taught me philosophy when I was an undergraduate at Aberystwth in the mid 1970's. We were a small group of philosophy undergraduates, and we used to take it in turns to see how many matches we could make him waste on his pipe by asking questions which required him to pause while lighting his pipe. He was all of 26 or 27. I played him a game with 5 minutes on my clock, 2 minutes on his, and he beat me without me ever knowing what was going on. A Caro Kahn it was,at a university chess team meeting upstairs in the Cardigan Arms hotel, probably Spring 2007. Happy days.
Jan-15-11  Dionysius: Oops. I mean Spring 1977 of course!
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  Dionysius1: Against Nigel Short,according to the database here, George has a total of 2 wins, 2 draws and NO losses!
Jan-02-12  King Death: <Dionysius1> Yes but Short was 12-14 when the first three games were played and Botterill was an experienced, tough out for a lot of people then.
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  Dionysius1: Fair do's
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  Caissanist: The author of today's QOTD is unknown, but it's similar to the Botterill quote given by Ray Lopez above:

<Playing chess gives us a chance to start out life over again, and this time, no one has more money than us, no one is more beautiful, no one lives in a better neighborhood, and we all go to the same school. Other than having the first move (and this benefit is shared equally) no one starts with any unfair advantage. >

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  zanzibar: Botterill's booklist on Amazon:

Here's a more complete list of his book from

I really wonder if his books co-authored with Keene were "better known" than those with Harding. What determinant was used for the statement, I wonder?

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