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|Oct-07-12|| ||paulalbert: I haven't got Walter's book yet, but definitely on my list of "must buys" of new chess books. I got to know Walter a little bit from when he was the GM instructor several times at Danny Kopec's summer chess camps which I attended, and I took some private lessons from Walter as well. Walter is a highly energetic individual, and accomplished and successful in areas other than chess, many of which have been probably much more rewarding financially for him than than chess. One observation: Walter is an absolute chess calculating machine; when we went over my games as part of the private lessons, he immediately saw possibilities which he could calculate with blazing speed from candidate moves that I had not even considered, and he certainly helped me to broaden my thinking when playing chess, but I realized GMs like Walter have unique, innate ,chess abilities that cannot be replicated by lessons and study.|
|Oct-07-12|| ||parisattack: <paulalbert:...but I realized GMs like Walter have unique, innate ,chess abilities that cannot be replicated by lessons and study.>|
Here is wisdom.
|Oct-08-12|| ||Eggman: I don't know about this innateness claim, but I recall IM Tom O'Donnell talking about playing Walter Browne, getting a draw, and then being dazzled in the post-mortem as Browne reeled out one complex variation after another ("bang, bang, bang, bang", as O'Donnell told it), prompting O'Donnell to exclaim "Walter, why aren't you World Champion?"|
|Nov-03-12|| ||SteinitzLives: The new autobiography is entertaining, highly informational and a little disjointed as a biography/game collection. Despite this last point, I am very glad I bought the book.|
Brownes' personal honesty about his struggles to make a living at chess are both personal and even painful to read. He has a willingness to spare others by not always naming names, but does name them on the bigger issues he had to deal with.
I like Walter a bit more after having finished the book. He writes that playing poker only uses about 5% of the energy chess does, loved it!
The games are very well annotated, but the stories about the games and tournaments are separated into the four separate biographical-only sections, so they cannot be easily followed in relation to the annotated games. Brownes' writing style is very clear and concise, which may be due to good editing, or just a different talent Walter has. I learned about other GMs from this book too.
Finally, Browne, though focused on self (then again it is an autobiography) reveals a very human side to him and comes off as having a great deal of normalcy about him which is rare for top U.S. players. Despite his controversial nature and past professional chess disputes, Browne (unlike lots of other GMs) seems to still have many good relationships with many others in the chess world. This is easy to forget or overlook when reading what others have written about him in the past.
Anyone interested in U.S. chess history and what pre-technology chess was like for a very top American GM trying to make his way in the world on his own terms, should buy this book.
|Nov-03-12|| ||Jambow: He looks like a bundle of nerves when playing fidgiting and just unable to sit still, I remeber his positions were very complex and required deep tactical. This is just as an observer not an opponent.|
|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.|
|Nov-25-12|| ||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.
|Nov-25-12|| ||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!).
|Nov-25-12|| ||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?|
|Nov-25-12|| ||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.
|Nov-25-12|| ||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.|
|Jan-10-13|| ||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.
|Jan-10-13|| ||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.|
|Jan-10-13|| ||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.
|May-23-13|| ||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.
|Jun-25-13|| ||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.
|Jun-25-13|| ||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>.|
|Aug-29-13|| ||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.
|Aug-29-13|| ||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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