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Walter Shawn Browne
Number of games in database: 1,348
Years covered: 1963 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2439 (2428 rapid, 2421 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2590
Overall record: +495 -312 =525 (56.9%)*
   * 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 (91) 
    B47 B90 B42 B45 B43
 King's Indian (67) 
    E97 E94 E81 E62 E66
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C94 C95 C69 C75 C78
 Grunfeld (32) 
    D85 D87 D86 D89 D91
 Bogo Indian (31) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (232) 
    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 (73) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E19
 Nimzo Indian (63) 
    E32 E42 E41 E21 E53
 Queen's Pawn Game (49) 
    A46 A45 E00 A41 D01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Browne vs Fischer, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Seirawan vs Browne, 1979 0-1
   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 Quinteros, 1974 1-0
   Browne vs E Winslow, 1977 1-0
   Browne vs Wojtkiewicz, 2004 1-0
   Browne vs Shabalov, 1994 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1974)
   Lone Pine (1973)
   US Championship (1974)
   US Championship (1973)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Madrid (1973)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1975)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)

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

   Shlightin vs Browne, 1993

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(born Jan-10-1949, 65 years old) Australia (citizen of United States of America)

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Walter Shawn Browne was born in Sydney, Australia. He achieved the title of Grandmaster in 1970 and played first board for Australia at the Skopje Olympiad in 1972. Browne has forged an impressive career, winning six United States Chess Championships 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1983*. Only Robert James Fischer and Samuel Reshevsky have ever won more. Browne has also claimed an amazing number of "open" tournament wins, including three United States Open crowns, seven firsts at the American Open, and eleven National Open Championships. His international successes include Pan American Champion at Winnipeg 1974, first place at Reykjavik 1978, Wijk aan Zee 1980, Surakarta 1982, and Naestved 1985. A top competitor at blitz chess, in 1988 he formed The World Blitz Association.

Browne was honored in 2003 with his induction to the United States Chess Hall of Fame, and still competes with success in top-level American tournaments.


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 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,348  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. L Jackson vs Browne  1-047 1966 67th US OpenD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. Browne vs J Wolfe  1-022 1966 67th US OpenA56 Benoni Defense
5. Browne vs J Westbrook  1-048 1967 US OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
6. Browne vs W A Scott 1-025 1967 US OpenB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
7. B Sperling vs Browne 0-128 1967 US OpenA48 King's Indian
8. Browne vs Saidy ½-½47 1967 US OpenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
9. J Davies vs Browne 0-146 1967 US OpenB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
10. P Brandts vs Browne 0-153 1967 US OpenA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
11. T Weinberger vs Browne  0-141 1967 Santa Monica Masters InvitationalB89 Sicilian
12. A Karklins vs Browne 1-052 1967 US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
13. S Sloan vs Browne 1-049 1967 American OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. Browne vs D Wade 1-041 1967 US OpenB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Browne vs J F Shaw 1-022 1967 US OpenC00 French Defense
16. E Formanek vs Browne 1-037 1967 US OpenB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
17. Browne vs K Bachmann 0-147 1968 WhitbyB15 Caro-Kann
18. Browne vs S Subramanian 1-048 1968 US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Browne vs R Byrne  ½-½18 1969 San Juan (Puerto Rico)B44 Sicilian
20. Schmid vs Browne ½-½33 1969 San JuanB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. Tarjan vs Browne ½-½41 1969 USA Jch plof mB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. Browne vs K Lawless 1-018 1969 San Francisco,MechanC78 Ruy Lopez
23. Browne vs Tarjan  ½-½32 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffC70 Ruy Lopez
24. Browne vs Spassky ½-½65 1969 San Juan (Puerto Rico)C94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
25. Browne vs Tarjan 0-138 1969 USA-ch U18 playoffC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,348  PGN Download
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Nov-03-12  Jambow: Sorry deep tactical thought, speaking of disjointed.
Nov-25-12  Llawdogg: He looked really cool in the Seventies with his long hair and mustache.
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  perfidious: <Jambow> As an opponent, Browne definitely was 'a bundle of nerves': always in motion, fast-talking, very quick mind-probably one of the sharpest people I have met in either chess or poker (though we have never played poker together).
Nov-25-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Always loved Browne when he did the voice overs for the Master Game (which SirB0b1 has uploaded on YouTube).

"Yeah, just as I figured", in his broad American accent. Brilliant way he offers a draw to Ray Keene!

Interesting thing to note is Keene talking about how Walter would collect bulletins en masse. He was one of the most theoretically prepared players f his time.

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  perfidious: <Simon> The American overlay in Browne's speech was much more apparent when we last met in 1991 than at our first meeting in 1972-of course, he had not been back in USA terribly long at that time.

In the display he gave in South Burlington, Vermont forty years ago, he was fidgety, in constant motion-it was something I could hardly help noticing, even at twelve.

One amusing note: in my game that night, I had White and played 6.Bg5 against his Sicilian Najdorf.

If my copy of the game ever turns up, I may submit it for laughs-at least one of us was master strength (I was about 1100 then!).

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  HeMateMe: Always in motion, often in time trouble. I didn't know he had any critics among other players. Did his rocking motions distract the other players?
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  SteinitzLives: The rocking motions and head shaking may have been distracting to an opponent, but I've never read in print or other media about complaints by others for that behavior.

Brownes' frequent vociferous complaints about lighting and other types of tournament conditions brought him considerable criticism.

I'm sure some of these complaints were warranted and even applauded by his fellow players, others condemned. It's hard to know what were fair complaints or not even in hindsight. I am sure some TDs or organizers were happy knowing Browne would not be attending a tourney, but if he was not invited to tourneys because of his complaints, I don't know.

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  perfidious: Browne put his money where his mouth was: in 1978, he withdrew from the US championship (which, in that year, doubled as the zonal) because conditions were not to his liking.
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  Abdel Irada: Let's review. Distinguishing "symptoms": Intense concentration, constant activity, rocking motions, sensitive to playing conditions.

Provisional diagnosis: Asperger's or other autistic-spectrum condition.

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  Caissanist: I've always wondered why Browne peaked so early; by the time he was in his mid twenties he was pretty much as good as he was ever going to get, although he did mostly maintain that level for another seven or eight years. Players with his level of raw calculating ability (Alekhine, Reshevsky, Korchnoi) usually don't peak until their mid thirties at least, as their number-crunching ability is gradually supplemented with an intuitive knowledge of the game.
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  talisman: happy birthday champ!
Jan-10-13  Kikoman: Happy 64th Birthday! :D
Feb-05-13  IndigoViolet: <The Stress of Chess (and its infinite finesse): My Life, Career and 101 Best Games>

Gets my vote for the silliest book title of the year award.

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  SteinitzLives: <Let's review. Distinguishing "symptoms": Intense concentration, constant activity, rocking motions, sensitive to playing conditions. Provisional diagnosis: Asperger's or other autistic-spectrum condition.>

Abdel, I will not say I disagree with you but I do hear lots of very intelligent people with chronically poor social skills, get diagnosed with Aspergers, especially in chess, very often. The related over-diagnosis I hear these days is Lyme disease for anyone dealing with chronic high levels of fatigue.

Lots of people think Fischer had Aspergers too, and I am more or less one of them, but no one really knows or can know.

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  optimal play: <<<<CHESS> by GEORGE STERN>

AUSTRALIAN chess champion [Walter] Shawn Browne, who breezed* in from the USA only long enough to win the title, is off again, this time to Denmark.

After becoming Australian Master, Browne played in the South East Asian Zonal Tournament. Although he failed to win this event, he did well enough by coming second to gain the title of International Master. This gives him automatic right of selection to any international master's tournament, and Browne is availing himself of this privilege by turning professional. Since Europe is virtually the only location where a professional can make his living at chess, that's where Browne has gone.

His ultimate ambition, as reported by the press, to become another Bobby Fischer.>

- The Canberra Times (ACT) issue Wednesday 17 September 1969>

*The original newspaper column has the word <breezed> in italics.

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  Caissanist: I never heard of anyone claiming that Browne was distracting at the board, in fact the most common complaint was that he complained too much about his own distractions. There was a story in the 1975 (I believe) US championship, where he growled at Reshevsky for making too much noise unwrapping a candy bar. According to the Chess Life report of the tournament Lombardy, who was playing Benko on an adjacent board, then pulled out two pieces of candy himself and gave one to Benko; they then unwrapped them just as noisily while <sporting two of the most <<innocent>> looks this writer ever hopes to see>.
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  harrylime: Is Brownes' book any good ? Thinking of picking it up on amazon..

Know he worshipped RJF and I'm pretty sure his life would be a fascinating read.. but this does'nt mean the book is good.

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  TheFocus: <harry> I have the book and think it is well worth the price.

Excellent and very deep annotations. Great bio by a great writer!

Here is a collection I did on the book. Some games are missing, but I will submit them.

Game Collection: The Stress of Chess - Browne, Walter

Aug-29-13  savagerules: Browne's book is really good. One quibble is with the opening index where cryptic letters like RL for Ruy Lopez are used instead of the actual name of the opening. It's a biography as well as some poker stuff too along with the games and a lot of anecdotes throughout the book like referring to a Swiss weekend opponent named Moulton in Game 82 who Browne says incessantly coughed throughout the whole game either because of nerves or to purposely annoy him.
Oct-09-13  kramputz: It seems Browne retired, no games since 2007. I think he is playing poker, more money if you are lucky.
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  waustad: Happy 65th.
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  waustad: <kramputz>Actually he's played some FIDE rated games this fall. Just because games don't make it into print or on the net doesn't mean they weren't played. See his player card, linked abive.
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  optimal play: <<<Browne made good in US>

EXPATRIATE Australians make good in all sorts of places in all sorts of fields including chess in the USA.

Walter Shawn Browne was born in Sydney in 1949, but he was taken to the USA at an early age.

At age eight he learned chess; five years later he joined the Manhattan Chess Club, which has been the training ground of many US champions; and two years after that, at the age of 17, he won the US junior title.

In 1968, Browne came to Australia to compete in the national championship here.

He won and, with the title, he gained a place in the zonal tourney. But his result in the latter event was not good enough to project him into the interzonal and the world championship preliminaries.

In fact, the failure to get anywhere near the world crown has been Browne's greatest disappointment in life.

Nevertheless, as a past US champion, Browne is one of an august group of grandmasters who have included such players as Paul Morphy, Harry Pillsbury, Frank Marshall, Sammy Reshevsky, and Bobby Fischer.

In an interview with US Chess Life and Review, Browne said, "I think I'm probably one of the top 10 or 15 players in the world right now but it's the kind of thing where the numbers are really not important. Because what you're aiming at is Number One, so what does it matter if you're fifth or 15th?

I think the group of Andersson, Ljubojevic, Huebner, Timman, Miles, myself, Mecking of course, are the young players who can come up and vie for the title in the next 15 years.

I used to smoke a little bit, but I gave it up completely in the last four years. Smoking is definitely bad for you. It cuts away oxygen from the brain, and you need all the oxygen you can get. Drinking in moderation is okay. I think a couple of glasses of wine with your meal is fine.

There are certain people I like to play. I really like to play people like Fischer, Spassky and Larsen, because they are very sharp, forcing, pushy players.

People I don't like to play are people like Petrosian who don't do anything and are really kind of a bore".>

- The Canberra Times (ACT) issue Sunday 6 July 1980>

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  optimal play: <A tricky game, this chess>


EASY . . .



[Four photos of Browne with a Beatles mop-top]

<<<'Beatle' chess champion>

This well-dressed young man, Walter Browne, is the junior chess champion of the United States. And he was born in Australia.

In fact, his dress, shaggy hair and expressive face made him a "natural" for a photographer at the Australian Chess Championships in Melbourne.

The photographs capture concentration, reflection, detachment and disgust.

Browne has lived in New York for 15 of his 19 years. He learned chess when he was eight and became an American senior master at 15. He is seeded, unofficially, as No. 12 in the United States.

In the game which calls as much for patience as any other quality, Browne took up to 25 minutes to make a move in the game he was playing at the Victoria Hotel.>

- The Canberra Times (ACT) issue Wednesday 1 January 1969 page 12>

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  ketchuplover: He's doing well in Reykjavik :)
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