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Walter Shawn Browne
Number of games in database: 1,353
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2433 (2428 rapid, 2409 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2590
Overall record: +502 -310 =525 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      16 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (96) 
    E12 E15 E17 E18 E19
 Sicilian (92) 
    B47 B43 B90 B42 B45
 King's Indian (67) 
    E97 E94 E81 E62 E80
 Ruy Lopez (56) 
    C94 C95 C78 C72 C69
 Grunfeld (33) 
    D85 D87 D86 D89 D91
 Bogo Indian (31) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (231) 
    B99 B92 B90 B22 B98
 Sicilian Najdorf (130) 
    B99 B92 B90 B98 B93
 English, 1 c4 c5 (77) 
    A30 A34 A36 A37 A32
 Queen's Indian (74) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E19
 Nimzo Indian (63) 
    E32 E42 E41 E21 E53
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    A46 A45 E00 D04 A41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Seirawan vs Browne, 1979 0-1
   Browne vs Fischer, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Browne vs Bisguier, 1974 1-0
   O Sarapu vs Browne, 1972 0-1
   Browne vs Ljubojevic, 1978 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs Browne, 1980 0-1
   Browne vs Robert E Byrne, 1977 1-0
   Browne vs E Winslow, 1977 1-0
   Browne vs Quinteros, 1974 1-0
   Browne vs Wojtkiewicz, 2004 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1974)
   Lone Pine (1974)
   Lone Pine (1973)
   US Championship (1973)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens 1972 by Tabanus
   Madrid 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1974 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Las Palmas 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Banja Luka 1979 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee 1983 by EmperorAtahualpa
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) 1978 by Tabanus

   I E Shliahtin vs Browne, 1993

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(born Jan-10-1949, died Jun-24-2015, 66 years old) Australia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Walter Shawn Browne was born in Sydney, Australia to an Australian mother and an American father. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 1970 and played first board for Australia at the Skopje Olympiad in 1972. Browne had an impressive career, most notably winning the United States Championship six times: in 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1983*, a record exceeded only by Robert James Fischer and Samuel Reshevsky. He also won numerous open tournaments, including two U.S. Opens, seven American Opens, and eleven National Opens, and the 1991 Canadian Open.

Browne's international successes include first-place finishes at Venice 1971, Wijk aan Zee 1974, Winnipeg 1974 (Pan American Championship), Lone Pine 1974, Mannheim 1975, ReykjavŪk 1978, Wijk aan Zee 1980, Chile 1981, Indonesia 1982 (shared with Ron Henley in a 26-player round-robin tournament), the 1983 New York Open, Gjovik 1983, and Naestved 1985. A top competitor at blitz chess, in 1988 he formed the World Blitz Association.

Browne was inducted into the United States Chess Hall of Fame in 2003. Up until the time of his death, he still competed with success in top-level American tournaments. He died suddenly in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 24, 2015, having just tied for 9th-15th in the National Open.


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 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,353  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F Wilson vs Browne ½-½51 1963 Marshall Chess Club Weekend Tournament, New City,C21 Center Game
2. Browne vs I Zalys 0-157 1963 CorrespondenceB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
3. Browne vs R Bond  1-024 1966 67th US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
4. Browne vs John Kelly 1-032 1966 67th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. Browne vs W Goichberg  ½-½51 1966 67th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. Browne vs B Hochberg  1-047 1966 67th US OpenD80 Grunfeld
7. P O'Gorman vs Browne  0-148 1966 67th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Fred M Howard vs Browne  0-123 1966 67th US OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. Browne vs J Wolfe  1-022 1966 67th US OpenA56 Benoni Defense
10. B Sperling vs Browne  0-129 1966 67th US OpenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
11. L Jackson vs Browne 1-047 1966 67th US OpenD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. Browne vs Juris Ozols  ½-½72 1966 67th US OpenC00 French Defense
13. E Formanek vs Browne 1-037 1967 US OpenB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
14. Browne vs J T Westbrock  1-048 1967 US OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
15. Browne vs W A Scott 1-025 1967 US OpenB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
16. B Sperling vs Browne 0-128 1967 US OpenA48 King's Indian
17. Browne vs Saidy ½-½47 1967 US OpenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
18. J Davies vs Browne 0-146 1967 US OpenB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
19. T Weinberger vs Browne  0-141 1967 Santa Monica Masters InvitationalB89 Sicilian
20. P Brandts vs Browne 0-153 1967 US OpenA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
21. A Karklins vs Browne 1-052 1967 US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. Browne vs D B Wade 1-041 1967 US OpenB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. S Sloan vs Browne 1-049 1967 American OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. Browne vs J F Shaw 1-022 1967 US OpenC00 French Defense
25. J Nolte vs Browne  0-147 1968 69th US OpenA38 English, Symmetrical
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  LucB: Good post <offramp>

In this video, GM Finegold offers his own tribute. You can tell that it was difficult to do.

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  Marmot PFL: What he said about throat cancer was no surprise. Our neighbor had that and was also very emaciated and had trouble speaking, and also didn't live very long. Browne lived longer probably because the treatments are better, at least at prolonging life.
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  cro777: Walter Browne's best games

In honor of GM Browne, staff took a look at his best chess games, including his last game at the 2015 National Open in Las Vegas, played four days before his death.

For the latest issue of Chess Informant (the Informant 124) Browne had annotated two of his recent wins.

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  OBIT: I find it very odd that so far a specific reason for Browne's death has not been given, only that he died in his sleep. I mention this because prescription drugs have been known to cause death. My aunt, for example, died in her sleep, like Browne. Also like Browne, she had been active just before her death, making her passing totally unexpected. She had been taking Vioxx, a prescription drug that is now known to have caused the deaths of tens of thousands of people.

So I am asking: Is it known WHY Browne died? Was he, like most Americans his age, taking prescription drugs? Is there a chance one of those drugs is the reason for his death?

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  perfidious: If an autopsy was performed on the decedent, the cause of death would not yet have been ascertained, fifteen days on.

Other than three meetings at the board, did not know Browne, so would have no way of knowing what may have brought about his end, nor do I have any interest in speculating over possible causes.

Jul-09-15  diceman: <OBIT:
So I am asking: Is it known WHY Browne died?>

I heard he had cancer and assumed that was part of the cause.

...but I don't Know the details of his illness.

He certainly looked "thin" during the Seirawan interview.

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  cro777: Malcolm Pain continues his tribute to Walter Browne:

"Remarkably, Browne attended the same school as Bobby Fischer, Erasmus High in New York. Like Fischer, Browne dropped out of school to play chess professionally ..."

Jul-23-15  wrap99: <cro777> There are a few amazing high schools in NYC. Of course Barbra Streisand also went to Erasmus with Bobby where apparently they hung out but there is no evidence of subsequent contact. Other schools with many famous alumni: Bronx HS of Science, Dewitt Clinton, Stuyvesant.
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  OBIT: <wrap99> In an interview, Streisand mentioned being aware of Fischer in high school, evidently finding him attractive, but alas, this was unrequited love. When an interviewer mentioned that Barbra Streisand was one of his high school classmates, Fischer's response was, "Iíve heard this. I remember some mousy looking girl. Maybe that was her, I donít know." It's fair to say tact was never one of Fischer's strong suits.
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  OBIT: Heh, you can even find this interview segment on the Internet:

Jul-24-15  wrap99: <OBIT> I vaguely remember that. I think his antisemitism may have gotten in the way. A shame because she might have been willing to help him at a time when he needed it although perhaps Fischer always had access to help if only he had been willing to take it.

BTW, didn't Fischer want Browne to be his second or help with analysis at one point? High praise indeed.

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  offramp: <perfidious: ...Other than three meetings at the board, did not know Browne...>

Did you really never meet him over the green baize? I read that Browne had career poker tournament winnings of $300,000.

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  perfidious: <offramp> Only on the 64 squares--never on the felt, as most of my play has been online, not live. He could play a little, though.
Aug-08-15  wrap99: <offramp> Browne used to play cards in the Bay Area and he won a bracelet at thw WSOP in seven stud. With all due modesty, it was I who suggested to him that with the sort of memory that a GM has, this was the game (as opposed to holdem) that he should be focusing on. But he also did well in the seniors holdem event several years ago at the WSOP.
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  perfidious: <wrap99: <offramp> Browne used to play cards in the Bay Area and he won a bracelet at thw WSOP in seven stud....>

Browne finished runner-up in a H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2007 WSOP, but never won a WSOP tourney:

Aug-09-15  wrap99: <perfidious> I may be misremembering. It could have been horse that I was thinking of. Anyhow, he played 7-stud way above average and I was told by the guy who won it years ago that he could think of no way of playing it without remembering every card -- this is something a GM should be able to do.
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  Eggman: Oh, I'm just finding out about Browne's passing reading this thread! I read his autobiography "The Stress Of Chess" not long ago. Entertaining.


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  perfidious: <wrap99> I would take a bracelet in HORSE over any of the individual games which comprise that discipline.
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  harrylime: I'm gutted.

He was one of my heroes starting out in chess.

Just gutted.

Aug-10-15  Granny O Doul: "The Compleat Chess Addict" reported that RJF (as he was then) and Barbara (as she was then) used to swap MAD magazines in the back of the classroom. No source, and likely false, but an amusing thought nonetheless.
Aug-11-15  wrap99: <Granny>
Not impossible, at least MM was being published then. Even extraordinary kids still behave like kids sometimes.
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  perfidious: Good old Mad Magazine--lots of fun satire, back in the day.
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  Sally Simpson: Apparently Mad Magazine did a cartoon of the game.

A M Swank vs Fischer, 1956

(see post by 'technical draw' on the 10th September 2010.)

Anybody seen it?

Aug-12-15  zanzibar: Here's a chess themed cartoon by Don Martin:

(I think it's an animated gif, cycling through the cartoon panels)

Courtesy of Mark Weeks.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Zanzibar,

Thanks. It looks like it was originally a strip cartoon and has been GIF'd. It's Don Martin alright the flappy feet were his trademark.

I'll go through my 1956/57 Amercian Chess Mags on CD and see if I can find anything.

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