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Duncan Suttles
Number of games in database: 398
Years covered: 1961 to 1984
Last FIDE rating: 2420
Highest rating achieved in database: 2475
Overall record: +155 -119 =124 (54.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-21-1945, 73 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality Canada)

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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) (team & Olympiad chess archives), (3) (Canadian Chess Federation), (4) (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 398  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Suttles vs Z Vranesic  0-1581961CAN-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
2. A Sandor Siklos vs Suttles  1-0371961Canadian ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. H Gross vs Suttles 0-1281963?B06 Robatsch
4. R Hirsch vs Suttles ½-½601963Canadian ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
5. Suttles vs Yanofsky  ½-½411963WinnipegB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. Suttles vs Z Vranesic  ½-½251963CAN-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. Suttles vs H Avram 1-023196364th US OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. H E Myers vs Suttles  ½-½24196364th US OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
9. Bisguier vs Suttles 1-028196364th US OpenB06 Robatsch
10. G Chappuis vs Suttles  0-1341964Nevada OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
11. L Day vs Suttles 0-1391964CAN-OpB06 Robatsch
12. Suttles vs Popovych  ½-½77196465th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Benko vs Suttles 1-035196465th US OpenB06 Robatsch
14. A Filipowicz vs Suttles 0-1591964Tel AvivB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
15. Suttles vs G Mititelu  ½-½301964Tel AvivC02 French, Advance
16. Suttles vs A Matanovic  ½-½361964Tel Aviv ol.A07 King's Indian Attack
17. Suttles vs H Pfleger 0-1411964Tel AvivC26 Vienna
18. G Forintos vs Suttles  0-1411964Tel Aviv ol.A40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Suttles vs E Guthi 1-0251964Tel AvivB06 Robatsch
20. Saidy vs Suttles 1-0651964Tel AvivA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
21. F Mora vs Suttles ½-½161964Tel aviv olB06 Robatsch
22. Jansa vs Suttles 1-0331964Tel AvivB06 Robatsch
23. Suttles vs Bellino 1-0221965Gijon oC26 Vienna
24. I Rivise vs Suttles  1-0211965California, USAB06 Robatsch
25. J Durao vs Suttles  0-1411965Gijon oB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 398  PGN Download
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Jan-07-10  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"

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  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  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 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.

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  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?
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Suttles!
Apr-10-12  WTHarvey: Here are some critical positions from his games: 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  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.
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  PhilFeeley: So did anyone ever see Ray Keene's review of the Suttles collection for the Times and Spectator?
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  PhilFeeley: <> 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:

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  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  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  waustad: Happy birthday!!!
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  GrahamClayton: Suttles was the co-inventor with Bruce Harper of the chess variant "Bombalot":

Dec-21-14  parisattack: Happy Birthday to the Canadian Nimzowitsch! His Chess on the Edge books are among my very favorites.
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  redlance: Happy Birthday!!!!
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  TheFocus: <I quit chess because I had developed a satisfactory strategic understanding of the game and whatever improvement remained was in technique. This would require a lot of effort for minimal returns> - Duncan Suttles.
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  TheFocus: Happy Birthday, GM Suttles!!

I really love your games.

Jan-23-16  Mikhail12: I first discovered Duncan Suttles games from the "San Antonio '72" tournament book.I was taken with his play and have enjoyed playing over his games every since.My question is,does anyone own the 3 volume set of his games and is it worth the price.What I've seen is about $49+ per volume.
Oct-15-16  ljfyffe: Ducan Suttles wons the 1977-82 Eino Heilimo CC Memorial II.
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