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Robert Wade
Photography copyright © 1998 John Hendersen  
Number of games in database: 663
Years covered: 1942 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2148
Highest rating achieved in database: 2310
Overall record: +148 -268 =247 (41.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-10-1921, died Nov-29-2008, 87 years old) New Zealand

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Robert Graham Wade was born on the 10th of April 1921 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Awarded the IM title in 1950 he was New Zealand Champion in 1943-44 (after a play-off), 1944-45 and 1947-48.

Looking for greater chess opportunities he went to Europe around 1949 and settled in England. He won the British Championship in 1952 and 1970 and was very active in British chess, training young players and being in charge of the Batsford Chess Library in London.

As an author, he wrote The Games of Robert J Fischer (containing virtually all of Fischer's games), Soviet Chess, The World Chess Championship, World championship interzonals: Leningrad and Petropolis 1973, Playing Chess, World Chess Championship 1951, and a number of opening monographs and tournament bulletins.

Wade played for the English Olympiad team six times from 1954-72 and for the New Zealand Olympiad team in 1970, that nation's Olympiad debut. Still an active player in his late 80s, he was able to play at a high level, as evidenced by his draw against Kiwi Grandmaster Murray Chandler in the Queenstown Chess International 2006 when Wade was looking forward to his 85th birthday.

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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 663  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Wade vs F Bennett 1-0191942CorrespondenceD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
2. W A Dobson vs Wade  1-0431943Wellington C C Gambit TourneyC52 Evans Gambit
3. Wade vs F Crowl  1-0361945Australian ChB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
4. Wade vs A G Shoebridge 1-0311945AUS-chB83 Sicilian
5. Golombek vs Wade 1-0581946BCF-chD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Wade vs G Abrahams  0-1421946BCF-chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. R Broadbent vs Wade 1-0341946BCF-chC02 French, Advance
8. Wade vs R F Combe  0-1921946BCF-chB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. C H Alexander vs Wade 0-1441946BCF-chB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
10. Wade vs A R B Thomas  1-0651946BCF-chC24 Bishop's Opening
11. F Parr vs Wade 0-1311946BCF-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Wade vs W Winter  0-1341946BCF-chE61 King's Indian
13. Wade vs B H Wood  ½-½551946BCF-chB72 Sicilian, Dragon
14. Milner-Barry vs Wade 1-0201946BCF-chC10 French
15. Wade vs G Wood  0-1361946BCF-chC52 Evans Gambit
16. O'Kelly vs Wade  0-1541946BarcelonaC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
17. Najdorf vs Wade 1-0341946BarcelonaD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
18. Guimard vs Wade  1-0271946BarcelonaD04 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Wade vs J Vilardebo Picurena 0-1241946BarcelonaC20 King's Pawn Game
20. G Agustsson vs Wade 0-1221947Reykjavik Int TtA12 English with b3
21. Wade vs A Snaevarr 1-0191947ReykjavikC10 French
22. T Lepviikmann vs Wade  ½-½32194756th NZ ChA16 English
23. Yanofsky vs Wade 1-0291947CAN-chC41 Philidor Defense
24. O Ulvestad vs Wade  1-041194748th US OpenC02 French, Advance
25. Kashdan vs Wade  1-034194748th US OpenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
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Nov-30-08  braimondi: Rest in peace Robert you was great.
Dec-01-08  mckmac: Rest in peace Robert Wade.
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  brankat: A very capable master, a fine teacher and writer, Robert Wade was also a true gentleman and sportsman.

R.I.P Mr.Wade.

Dec-01-08  newzild: Wow, I'm absolutely stunned to log on to to find that Bob Wade is dead.

Probably the second-most famous New Zealand chess player ever, after Murray Chandler.

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  Richard Taylor: I heard of this - sad news - from Ewen Green tonight at our Club - Wade also helped Ewen and many other Kiwis who were in England. Many time NZ Champ Ortvin Sarapu told me of how he met Wade in a tournament in Europe just after the war and Wade suggested NZ as place to live - so Ortvin felt that as Estonia had been rather knocked about by the Russians and and the Germans - he felt that NZ would be a good place to take his family.

I saw the game Wade played v Chandler (the previous year at Queenstown ) - it was a great game and Wade had winning chances - as Murray Chandler pointed out at the time. Chandler is in NZ now.

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  whiteshark: Rest in peace Bob Wade.
Dec-01-08  hitman84:

Dec-01-08  Simonkaser: RIP Bob Wade
Dec-01-08  Prugno: Instead of mourning his loss, I wish to congratulate Bob Wade for his long and fruitful life, dedicated to chess until the very end.
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  Eyal: <Bob was Fischer's go to guy. I first met Bob Wade in 1992 before I'd even heard of the internet. Bob was lecturing on the return of Bobby Fischer for the return match against Boris Spassky in Sveti Stefan. Afterwards I showed him my large collection of articles from the Yugoslav press on Fischer. He invited me to visit him and even photocopied a fax from Fischer (which I found when researching this) to him asking him to compile a dossier of Spassky's games. This was a job he'd also done for the match in 1972.> (

<With infinite pains, Wade researched and compiled all of Spassky's published games; some were well-known, others were located in obscure journals. The folder ended up at over a thousand pages. He dispatched it to Fischer via Edmondson, who had it bound in red velvet. Fortunately, it reached its destination, for the work had been done by hand and there was no other copy.


For over thirty years, Wade has kept the letter that came back from Grossinger's on receipt of his meticulously prepared material. There was not a word of thanks. Instead, he was greeted by a torrent of abuse for failing to abide by Fischer's preferred methods of displaying the moves. Wade had written them across the page rather than down the page. "Can't you follow even the simplest instructions?" He was rebuked for having "cut corners." There was nothing for it but for Wade painstakingly to copy out each move again, working almost from scratch.>

(From "Bobby Fischer Goes to War")

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  Eyal: Some more obituaries at: (with a link to an interesting interview at

Dec-01-08  theodor: condolences from bulgaria
Dec-04-08  paladin at large: Is the Wade-Smyslov variation in the Bogo-Indian a reference to Bob Wade? If so, I wonder why, since there are no such games credited to him in the database.
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  Eyal: <paladin at large> According to chessbase database, this variation was indeed introduced for the first time by Bob Wade in the following game:

[Event "IBM"]
[Site "Amsterdam"]
[Date "1961.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Wolthuis,Wim"]
[Black "Wade,Robert Graham"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "E11"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 a5 5.a3 Be7 6.Nc3 d5 7.Bg5 0-0 8.e3 h6 9.Bh4 b6 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Rc1 Be6 12.Bd3 c5 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.0-0 Nbd7 15.e4 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Bxe4 Rab8 19.Qd2 Nf6 20.Bb1 Bd5 21.Qxa5 Bxf3 22.gxf3 Rxb2 23.Qxc5 Qb7 24.Qc6(??) Rxb1 0-1

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  kingscrusher: RIP Bob Wade

I did a tribute video to him which has been featured on Chesscafe:

Dec-21-08  Karpova: C.N. 5899

The FSGT (Fédération Sportive et Gymnique du Travail) invited Robert Wade to Paris where he should play a match against Rossolimo.

Dominique Thimognier: <[...] the Fédération Française des Echecs banned Rossolimo from playing. Instead, there was a two-game match between Wade and François Molnar. Both games were drawn.>


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  GrahamClayton: A long and varied career. How many other players have played in 7 different decades (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s)?
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  Phony Benoni: <Graham Clayton> There was a bit of discussion on this topic here: Svetozar Gligoric. Judging only from games in the database, the current record appears to be 9 decades for Arnold Denker (1929-2001) and Samuel Reshevsky (1917-1991). Reshevsky also has the unusual distinction of having games from every decade in which he lived.

With 8 decades, we have Edward Lasker (1902-1976), Miguel Najdorf (1929-1994), Vasily Smyslov (1935-2001), Laszlo Szabo (1933-2004).

There are quite a few with seven decads, the earliest of whom may be Baron Tassilo Heydebrand und der Lasa (1836-1890) and Henry Edward Bird (1849-1903). Of current sevens, Borislav Ivkov (1948-2008), Viktor Korchnoi (1945-2008) and Boris Spassky (1948-2007) have chances to move up in a couple of years.

Again, this is based only on games in our database. For example, Edward Lasker could well have games from 10 decades (1890s-1980s).

Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: what about NN? but he's a bunch of amateurs.
Wade once played a game against NN on a train. It was progressive chess. WHITE BLACK
1. e4 1... e5 and 1...f5 (Black gets two moves) 2. d4, f4, Bc4 (three moves
Black: 2...Qg5, 2...Qxg2, 2...Be7, and 2...Bh4#. then at the end of the annotation the authors say: was Bob playing an evil and sinister guy?? I never knew Wade was dead. R. I. P.
Jan-03-09  WTHarvey: Here's a little collection of critical positions from his games:
Jan-10-09  gunnar373: Rest in Peace Bob
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  Benzol: A nice tribute to Bob Wade can be found at

Wonder when Paul McKeown will complete his biography on Bob's life?

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  Benzol: A bit more about Bob Wade can be found at
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  wordfunph: Piece of Trivia: International Master Robert G. Wade once gave a simultaneous exhibition on 30 boards in Moscow in the year 1951, but failed to win a single game! His opponents were schoolboys under 14 years old. At the end of the play, he had drawn 10 games and lost the remaining 20 games in 7 hours of play.

Happy Birthday Robert Wade!!

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  wordfunph: Wade is gone but his memories remain..

happy birthday Robert..

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