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George Steven Botterill
Number of games in database: 182
Years covered: 1968 to 1997
Last FIDE rating: 2360
Highest rating achieved in database: 2410

Overall record: +54 -65 =61 (46.9%)*
   * 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 (27) 
    B30 B52 B40 B28 B48
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E20 E32 E41 E46 E44
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A56 A71 A61
 King's Indian (5) 
    E62 E70 E73 E88 E90
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B14 B13 B10
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    E10 A40 A50 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (19) 
    B08 B09 B07
 French Defense (11) 
    C07 C09 C17 C05 C00
 Robatsch (9) 
 French Tarrasch (7) 
    C07 C09 C05
 King's Indian (6) 
    E98 E80 E82 E71 E61
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    E10 E00 A45 A40 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J J Carleton vs G Botterill, 1978 0-1
   G Botterill vs Richard Thomas, 1974 1-0
   G Botterill vs Psakhis, 1977 1-0
   M Basman vs G Botterill, 1979 0-1
   G Botterill vs Fedorowicz, 1978 1-0
   G Botterill vs D Goodman, 1978 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, 70 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.

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 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 182  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Botterill vs N J Patterson  ½-½381968Oxford-Cambridge mA56 Benoni Defense
2. G Botterill vs M V Lambshire  1-0341968BCF-chB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
3. P Clarke vs G Botterill  1-0491968BCF-chA07 King's Indian Attack
4. S Webb vs G Botterill  1-0361968BCF-chD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. G Botterill vs J T Farrand  0-1291968BCF-chB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. G Speed vs G Botterill  0-1281968BCF-chB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
7. G Botterill vs G Bonner  1-0401968BCF-chB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
8. B H Wood vs G Botterill  0-1591968BCF-chE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. G Botterill vs B Cafferty  ½-½241968BCF-chE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. G Botterill vs N Littlewood 0-1341968BCF-chB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
11. C Hilton vs G Botterill  ½-½451968BCF-chB06 Robatsch
12. G Botterill vs A Hollis  ½-½181968BCF-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
13. P C Griffiths vs G Botterill  ½-½551970BCF-chE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
14. Keene vs G Botterill  1-0421970Oxford-Cambridge MatchE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
15. G Botterill vs J M Ripley 1-0401970BCF-chD94 Grunfeld
16. G Botterill vs M Corden 1-0281970BCF-chB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
17. R G Eales vs G Botterill  ½-½621970BCF-chE00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A H Williams vs G Botterill  0-1411970BCF-chB08 Pirc, Classical
19. G Botterill vs Wade  ½-½151970BCF-chA04 Reti Opening
20. G Botterill vs Hartston  1-0781970BCF-chA25 English
21. M Fuller vs G Botterill  1-0311970BCF-chB20 Sicilian
22. G Botterill vs V W Knox  0-1331970BCF-chA00 Uncommon Opening
23. D B Pritchard vs G Botterill  0-1421970BCF-chE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
24. G Botterill vs J Littlewood  ½-½361970BCF-chB33 Sicilian
25. G Botterill vs Timman ½-½421970NED-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
Mar-12-14  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. >

Jan-29-17  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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  Dionysius1: It's always puzzled me that George Botterill co/wrote books on the Pirc and Modern but then became an expert in open games like the Scotch. Anyone any ideas about this? Did he become disillusioned by the Modern? The two are such different types of games altogether!
Mar-13-18  Retireborn: <Dionysius1> In my Big database I find only 10 instances of him playing the Scotch as White (but no Spanishes); it seems he didn't play 1.e4 all that often, but when he did the Scotch was his constant choice.

As Black he has 58 games with the Pirc/Modern, so he never lost interest in it. He may have regarded the French as more reliable (24 games, but he tends to play it against bigger names like Nunn, Mestel, Vasiukov, Chandler, and Adams.)

A nice example:-

J J Carleton vs G Botterill, 1978

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  Dionysius1: Thanks <Retireborn>. That example makes me smile. I remember George giving the Aberystwyth Uni chess club a lecture about how pawns are the soul of chess and any pawn moves must be done responsibly and with caution. That was about 1975 when I was a philosophy student and he was a new lecturer. In this game he and his opponent seem to throw their pawns around with abandon. I know it's the requirements of the opening and I'm not entirely serious, but it's a fun contrast.
Mar-16-19  woldsmandriffield: George Botterill was much stronger than 2410.
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  Dionysius1: Why do you say so?
Mar-17-19  Retireborn: <Dion> I don't take ratings all that seriously myself, but Botterill was a nice guy; and nice guys, though they may not finish last, are not usually the highest rated of players.
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