William Hartston
Number of games in database: 319
Years covered: 1962 to 1987
Last FIDE rating: 2430
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485
Overall record: +86 -74 =156 (51.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (41) 
    B90 B57 B92 B85 B89
 French Defense (16) 
    C19 C16 C18 C17 C07
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C95 C82 C69 C72 C96
 French Winawer (14) 
    C19 C16 C18 C17
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B90 B92 B99 B97 B98
 Bishop's Opening (8) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B46 B40 B44 B83 B22
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D86 D91 D78 D79 D76
 English, 1 c4 c5 (17) 
    A36 A30 A32 A31 A37
 Sicilian Taimanov (14) 
    B46 B47 B45 B49 B48
 English (11) 
    A10 A15 A14 A16
 Reti System (10) 
    A04 A05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ulf Andersson vs Hartston, 1972 0-1
   Hartston vs Portisch, 1974 1-0
   Hartston vs A J Whiteley, 1974 1-0
   Hartston vs H Westerinen, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   British Championship (1975)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1973/74 by suenteus po 147
   BBC Master Game Series 1 by RedShield
   BBC Master Game Series 2 by RedShield

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(born Aug-12-1947) United Kingdom

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William Roland Hartston was born in London, England. Awarded the IM title in 1973, he was British champion in 1973 (after a play-off with Michael John Basman) and 1975. He played for England in the Olympiads at Havana 1966, Siegen 1970, Skopje 1972, Nice 1974, Haifa 1976 and Buenos Aires 1978. In tournaments he was 3rd at Hastings 1972-73 behind Bent Larsen and Wolfgang Uhlmann and 1st at Sarajevo 1976. He is also a noted author and has appeared on the BBC television chess programmes.

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 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 319  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Hartston vs N J Kalton  0-123 1962 Correspondence gameC38 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Hartston vs A Riley  1-042 1962 Whitby British u15 chA16 English
3. N J Kalton vs Hartston  1-027 1962 Correspondence gameB06 Robatsch
4. Keene vs Hartston  ½-½30 1962 London League LLA v SouthgateD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Hartston vs R C Moss  1-030 1962 U18 Counties Correspondence Championships, Buckinghamshire vC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. Hartston vs DL Roth  1-022 1963 BCF-ch U18B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. Hartston vs Keene  ½-½29 1964 Training tournament LondonA02 Bird's Opening
8. Keene vs Hartston 1-027 1964 London U-18 ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
9. Hartston vs J Littlewood  1-046 1965 IlfordC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
10. R Williams vs Hartston  0-125 1965 Bognor Regis-AA21 English
11. M Haygarth vs Hartston 0-141 1965 BCF-chA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
12. Hartston vs D Parr  1-031 1965 BCF-chA00 Uncommon Opening
13. Hartston vs H Glauser  1-029 1965 NLDC34 King's Gambit Accepted
14. M Macdonald-Ross vs Hartston  0-144 1965 BCF-chA61 Benoni
15. Hartston vs I Radulov  1-073 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Hartston vs Kurajica  ½-½11 1966 Hastings 1966/67A07 King's Indian Attack
17. Hartston vs I Farago  1-041 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAC00 French Defense
18. Z Mestrovic vs Hartston  ½-½39 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAB72 Sicilian, Dragon
19. Hartston vs H Westerinen 0-137 1966 Havana OlympiadB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
20. Hartston vs J Aijala  1-041 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
21. I Gat vs Hartston  ½-½24 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAA36 English
22. Hartston vs Spassky 0-128 1966 HastingsC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
23. Smejkal vs Hartston  ½-½36 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
24. R Jeannet vs Hartston  ½-½44 1966 Orebro Stud olm prelim4B32 Sicilian
25. E Scholl vs Hartston ½-½45 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAB32 Sicilian
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 319  PGN Download
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Aug-12-11  sfm: I bought "Cheat at Chess" 3.3 decades ago. Hilarious, even the danish translation was great.

I recall:

Chapter XII: Friendly Chess Games
The there is absolutely no such thing as a friendly chess game.

Chapter XIII: "Friendly" Chess Games
Now that we have a clear understanding of concepts....

Aug-12-11  paavoh: @invicta49: <...A true gent who is more deserving of the G.M. title than some of it's holders> Alas, GM in chess does not stand for a GentleMan.
Aug-12-11  Broon Bottle: What's Bill doing now?
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  Eggman: Hartston being "outplayed" by Derren Brown:
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  Eggman: OK, looks like the above was actually part 2. Here is part 1:
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  Karpova: C.N. 5884 with some quotes from Hartston's 'Better Chess' (London, 1997 and 2003) with page numbers referring to the 2003 edition:

<‘Weak players assess a position by counting the captured men; strong players consider only the men remaining on the board.’ (Page 10)>

<‘One of the best excuses I ever heard was from a man who had just lost to a female opponent. “She completely disrupted my thought processes”, he complained. “Every time I tried to calculate something, I’d begin: ‘I go here, he goes there’, and then I’d have to correct myself: ‘No, it’s I go here, she goes there’.”’ (Page 52)>

<‘If you hoard your small advantages, the winning combinations will take care of themselves.’ (Page 114)>


Jan-02-12  Tomlinsky: All-round nice guy Bill playing Mastermind with Derren Brown on a recently aired show...


Jul-07-12  Zahodjakin: One of the things I like about Hartston is that when you read one of his books, you're not left with any questions, a good instructor always has that ability, and Hartston has it.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Hartston!
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  The Last Straw: I recently (last week) submitted Hartston's game against Simon Webb (I mean the one in Webb's book). Just to let you know.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<Wilhelm Steinitz was the first man to appreciate the inherent logic behind the game of chess.>

--- Hartston

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  thomastonk: Is the quote taken from the book reviewed here: ?
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  hedgeh0g: <Wilhelm Steinitz was the first man to appreciate the inherent logic behind the game of chess.>

Yes, but who was the first woman?

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  offramp: The first woman to appreciate the inherent logic behind the game of chess was Caroline Steinitz.
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  offramp: Oh boy! Did she ever appreciate it! Can we talk about the kids, Wilhelm? The paint?
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  Shams: <offramp> Ha!
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  hedgeh0g: <offramp> LOL!
Sep-22-13  RedShield: Why did nobody tell me that series 6 & 7 of <The Master Game> have been released on DVD?

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  TheFocus: <RedShield> Didn't you get the memo?
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  Abdel Irada: <TheFocus: <RedShield> Didn't you get the memo?>

No, because it was addressed to one of his previous sockpuppets and no one knew where to forward it.

Life is complicated when your name is Legion.

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  Abdel Irada: <offramp: The first woman to appreciate the inherent logic behind the game of chess was Caroline Steinitz.>

I only hope she didn't tell Wilhelm to keep a sense of perspective. As Douglas Adams reminds us, if there is one thing we cannot afford to have in this universe, it is a sense of perspective.

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  Karpova: Hartston was also a victim of plagiarism, here is the interesting (and entertaining) article by Justin Horton: http://streathambrixtonchess.blogsp...
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  Shams: No points for guessing who is on the other end of the plagiarizing!
Dec-05-13  RedShield: Ray is a mine of new and useless information. Bill's site:
Apr-12-14  RedShield: <A former British Chess Champion and current World Cluedo Champion have proved an unlikely source of Friday night entertainment by simply watching TV.

William Hartston, of Willow Walk, Cambridge says he got roped into being on Channel 4’s Gogglebox after his friend of 17 years, Josef Kollar, asked him to appear on screen with him.

The award winning show features recurring British couples, families and friends sitting in their living rooms watching and commenting on weekly British television shows.

Bill, 66, a columnist and opera critic for The Daily Express and former Maths student at Cambridge University’s Jesus College, said: “I asked Josef if it was completely crazy and he said yes, so I said why not.

“The whole thing is so unusual, for me it’s such a break from real life in many ways. Most of the people on the programme are habitual TV watchers but for us its something a bit unusual to be sitting watching TV for three hours.”

The pair met at a Monopoly charity walk in London and contrary to speculation are not a gay couple.>

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