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Duncan Suttles
Number of games in database: 393
Years covered: 1961 to 1985
Last FIDE rating: 2420
Highest rating achieved in database: 2475
Overall record: +152 -118 =123 (54.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (59) 
    A00 B00
 King's Indian Attack (49) 
    A07 A08
 Sicilian (29) 
    B24 B26 B23 B92 B48
 Vienna Opening (14) 
    C26 C29 C27 C28
 English (11) 
    A16 A13 A15 A19 A10
 English, 1 c4 e5 (8) 
    A26 A22 A25 A29 A20
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (87) 
    B06
 Pirc (33) 
    B08 B09
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A41 A40 A46
 Modern Defense (23) 
    A42
 English (9) 
    A10
 Reti System (5) 
    A04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Matulovic vs Suttles, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Kavalek vs Suttles, 1974 0-1
   F Mora vs Suttles, 1964 1/2-1/2
   Suttles vs H Avram, 1963 1-0
   Seirawan vs Suttles, 1981 0-1
   Larry Evans vs Suttles, 1972 0-1
   Hecht vs Suttles, 1969 0-1
   Suttles vs P Ostojic, 1969 1-0
   Larsen vs Suttles, 1967 0-1
   Suttles vs Reshevsky, 1975 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   San Antonio (1972)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Lone Pine (1975)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   NIKKI PIRC by nikkiurbz
   San Antonio 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Suttles by TechN9ne
   hot rats by IMlday
   Canadian Games by ruylopez900
   US Open 1973, Chicago by Phony Benoni
   Pirc alert! by kostich in time

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DUNCAN SUTTLES
(born Dec-21-1945, 68 years old) United States of America (citizen of Canada)

[what is this?]
Duncan Suttles was born in San Francisco, USA. Awarded the IM title in 1967, he was Canadian champion in 1969 (after a 1st-2nd place tie with Dr. Zvonko Vranesic, he won the play-off) and represented Canada at the World Junior Championship. He received his GMC title in 1982 and his GM title in 1973, winning the Canadian open (at Ottawa), tying for 1st at the USA open (in Chicago) and also winning a newspaper-sponsored open (1) at Montreal in the latter year mentioned. He also won the British Columbia championship in 1966.

He played on 8 Canadian Olympiad teams between 1964 and 1984 (scoring 63.5 points in 116 team games played) and was 1st= at the 1973 US Open. He retired from chess to work on stock market analysis with computer technology.

References: (1) la Presse (Quebec news agency), (2) http://www.olimpbase.org/ (team & Olympiad chess archives), (3) http://www.chess.ca/ (Canadian Chess Federation), (4) http://www.correspondencechess.com/... (Canadian Corresponence Chess Association), (5) Wikipedia article: Duncan Suttles , (6) Chess on the Edge (a book compilation that collects the games of this player).


 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 393  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Sandor Siklos vs Suttles  1-037 1961 Canadian ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Suttles vs Z Vranesic  0-158 1961 CAN-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. Bisguier vs Suttles 1-028 1963 US OpenB06 Robatsch
4. Suttles vs Yanofsky  ½-½41 1963 WinnipegB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
5. Suttles vs Z Vranesic  ½-½25 1963 CAN-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. Suttles vs H Avram 1-023 1963 USAB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. H Gross vs Suttles 0-128 1963 ?B06 Robatsch
8. R Hirsch vs Suttles  ½-½60 1963 Canadian ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
9. Saidy vs Suttles 1-065 1964 Tel AvivA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
10. G Chappuis vs Suttles  0-134 1964 Nevada OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
11. Benko vs Suttles 1-035 1964 Boston op-USB06 Robatsch
12. F Mora vs Suttles ½-½16 1964 Tel aviv olB06 Robatsch
13. Suttles vs G Mititelu  ½-½30 1964 Tel AvivC02 French, Advance
14. A Filipowicz vs Suttles 0-159 1964 Tel AvivB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
15. Suttles vs H Pfleger 0-141 1964 Tel AvivC26 Vienna
16. Jansa vs Suttles 1-033 1964 Tel AvivB06 Robatsch
17. Suttles vs A Matanovic  ½-½36 1964 Tel Aviv ol.A07 King's Indian Attack
18. L Day vs Suttles 0-139 1964 CAN-OpB06 Robatsch
19. Suttles vs E Guthi 1-025 1964 Tel AvivB06 Robatsch
20. G Forintos vs Suttles  0-141 1964 Tel Aviv ol.A40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. M Schulman vs Suttles 0-156 1965 CAN-chB06 Robatsch
22. Suttles vs Benko  0-133 1965 U.S. ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Zuckerman vs Suttles 1-036 1965 USA-chB06 Robatsch
24. J Durao vs Suttles  0-141 1965 Gijon oB06 Robatsch
25. R Leonard vs Suttles 0-122 1965 CAN-chB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 393  PGN Download
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Mar-27-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <mack:> I look forward to your thoughts! The Review is folded inside the front cover of Volume 1. Which tome, by the way, is already ragged, richly marked-up and ready for a replacement!
Mar-28-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Two ideas that interest me with regard to Suttles chess (in addition to those delicious hypermodern openings, of course!) -

1) The concept of 'flexibility' in chess. I've hypothesized this as a basic element along with space, position, material and time (initiative). Suttles, Petrosian and perhaps Ulf Andersson were on a separate plane in this regard. IM Day's chapter in Keene's Learn From the Masters seems to hint at this concept. Flexibility is closely related to 'dynamic' in the way it is expressed in Cole's old book, Dynamic Chess...

2) That Suttles was a superb tactician. I remember studying Nimzo's games with my teacher, Eugene Salome, who had been close to Senior Master strength in his prime. One comment always stuck, "Remember, all of this fancy positional work is totally meaningless unless you have the tactical skill to execute it.' There is almost always a tactical 'point' that makes the strategy viable.

The Chess on the Edge series are the most enjoyable books I've purchased for many years. Yet I am hesitant to recommend them to many players on the 'Kids, don't try this at home' theory. Although its made my enjoyment of chess much greater I have always suspected hypermodernism cost me 200 ELO in strength.

I have other thoughts, including the 'half-fianchetto' but will wait to hear from others with their ideas.

Apr-10-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: i shall shortly be reviewing the suttles trilogy in the times and the spectator
Apr-10-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <ray keene: i shall shortly be reviewing the suttles trilogy in the times and the spectator>

Great! I will watch for it but if you could let us all know when and a pointer to it, much appreciated, GM Keene.

Jun-18-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: I consider the dreath of interest on this forum to be symptomatic of the lack of genius and creativity in classical chess today.

Let's all Fritz the Semi-slav, forget everything else.

Jun-19-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  IMlday: Nakamura is scoring a very high percentage with the Suttles systems. Maybe he will bring them back to fashion.
Jan-07-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Back on a hypermodern kick I went through quite a few games in all three volumes of Chess on the Edge.

Wonderful books; I am surprised after everyone so anxiously awaiting them, no discussion...

Jan-07-10  MaxxLange: I thought about buying them when I saw them in a club's bookstore at Christmas, but I'm on a kick of trying to quit buying every chess book that catches my eye. I ended up buying just de la Villa's "100 Endgames You Must Know" (which is really good, by the way). Maybe I'll budget for V1 of the Suttles later this year.

I don't make New Year's Resolutions, but I am tempted to say "this year, new chess books can only be bought with money from selling some of the old ones"

Jan-07-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Oh, man, I forgot all about putting these on my wish-list. I think Suttles was one of the most under-rated GMs of all time. A highly creative genius!! I am going to study all his games before returning to tournament play. It is time to bring back hyper-modernism, and show these young whipper-snappers how some of the old school used to play!
Jan-07-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <TheFocus: Oh, man, I forgot all about putting these on my wish-list. I think Suttles was one of the most under-rated GMs of all time. A highly creative genius!! I am going to study all his games before returning to tournament play. It is time to bring back hyper-modernism, and show these young whipper-snappers how some of the old school used to play!>

Thanks for checking in here!

Yes, he was a genius with truely unique ideas and concepts. The books are enormously entertaining, instructional and thought-provoking.

I believe the Robatsch and other hypermodern openings/defenses will make a comeback - they just need a GM-level player to understand them and promote them via his/her play.

I commented on several Robatsch games in the CG database today...Of the last 50 CG Robatschs its 16-10-24!

May-16-10  muwatalli: suttles is one of my favorite players, i love his style and the whole concept of unorthodox chess , which i try to incorporate into my style, here is my latest victory in the suttles style. =)

[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2010.05.16"]
[Round "?"]
[White "walkingterrapin"]
[Black "muwwatalli"]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "2053"]
[BlackElo "1871"]
[ECO "B06"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. f4 a6 5. Nf3 b5 6. Bd3 Bb7 7. Be3 Nd7 8. O-O Nh6 9. h3 O-O 10. Qe1 f6 11. Qh4 Nf7 12. Rad1 e5 13. dxe5 dxe5 14. f5 Nd6 15. fxg6 hxg6 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. exd5 f5 18. Bg5 Bf6 19. Bxf6 Qxf6 20. Qxf6 Rxf6 21. Ng5 Nb6 22. Be2 Nf7 23. Ne6 Nxd5 24. Rxd5 Rxe6 25. c4 Rd6 26. Rfd1 Rad8 27. Kf2 Rxd5 28. Rxd5 Rxd5 29. cxd5 Nd6 30. a4 Kf7 31. Ke3 Kf6 32. b3 Kg5 33. g3 f4+ 34. gxf4+ exf4+ 35. Kd4 Kh4 36. Bg4 Kg3 37. Kd3 f3 38. Kd2 Kg2 * here my opponent said bye and purposely disconnected leaving me to wait 10 minutes and eventually adjudicate as a win.

on another note i have studied only a small percentage of the games suttles played that are on cg.com i'm hoping to find a job and get the 3 volumes written on him soon, but evidently i don't seem like the type who can handle washing dishes or something according to all the times i've been passed over so far.

Dec-05-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: According to Pal Benko, GM Duncan Suttles has been called the Canadian Nimzovich. His wife Dobrila narrated that Duncan has no chess books at home but this does not mean that he is unprepared for his opponents.
Apr-12-11  arthurp: Jeremy Silman has a point.Why did Suttles switch from regular openings in 1965? to 1...g6 and 1.g3? The 3 vol. on Suttles does not answer the question.IM Day,somebody!
Apr-12-11  Dionysius: It seems Suttles games often finish with end games with lots of pawns still on the board. I wonder if that's because his openings don't have the more usual early pawn confrontations in the centre of the board which tend to end up with exchanges?
Dec-21-11  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Suttles!
Apr-10-12  WTHarvey: Here are some critical positions from his games: http://www.wtharvey.com/sutt.html What's the best move?
Apr-14-12  jackpawn: Why so few reviews of the Suttles books? The few reviews found here are favorable, but I would like a little more input before making a financial leap!

Personally I enjoy starting games with 1. g3, but somehow generally uncomfortable with 1 . . . g6.

Apr-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <Jackpawn> I've been wondering that for years! I played both 1. g3 and 1. ... g6 for several years and had decent success with them both.

If you like 1. g3 be sure to get/have the books by Stephen Gerzadowicz!

Apr-17-12  jackpawn: <parisattack> Thanks for the suggestion concerning Gerzadowicz. I'll look into it.
May-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: So did anyone ever see Ray Keene's review of the Suttles collection for the Times and Spectator?
May-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: <CG.com> Perhaps you'd like to collect the games from the Suttles/Seirawan simul given by them in Vancouver in 2008. It's a nice collection from a great birthday/publication celebration:

http://www.suttlesbook.com/suttles_...

May-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: P.S. One important game missing from the above collection is the one by the Davies brothers against the Suttles/Seirawan duo. I watched most of it and it was extremely interesting as the Davies brothers had black.

Perhaps someone in Vancouver (since I'm no longer there) could persuade them to upload the game. I've asked Steven Wright (editor of BC Chess and BC chess organizer) if he could get it but it's not in his collection of the games from this event. I do remember that the Davies brothers won.

May-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <PhilFeeley: So did anyone ever see Ray Keene's review of the Suttles collection for the Times and Spectator?>

I recall reading it - tho has been some time back. I do remember lots of CG'ers anxiously awaiting the Suttles books - then when they finally arrived, silence. I think they are a terrific set of books.

Dec-21-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Happy birthday!!!
Jul-27-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Suttles was the co-inventor with Bruce Harper of the chess variant "Bombalot":

http://www.chessvariants.org/other....

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