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Harry Golombek
Number of games in database: 468
Years covered: 1932 to 1976
Overall record: +94 -178 =195 (41.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (40) 
    E60 E94 E83 E90 E81
 English (37) 
    A16 A10 A13 A15 A17
 English, 1 c4 e5 (20) 
    A22 A21 A28 A25 A23
 Catalan (20) 
    E01 E06 E02 E09 E04
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    E00 A40 E10 D02 D01
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D95 D71 D94 D78 D74
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (67) 
    B18 B10 B13 B11 B12
 Nimzo Indian (57) 
    E38 E41 E56 E21 E42
 Sicilian (24) 
    B74 B84 B76 B72 B24
 Queen's Indian (19) 
    E14 E19 E12 E13 E16
 English (19) 
    A16 A15 A17
 Sicilian Dragon (11) 
    B74 B76 B72 B73 B70
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Geller vs Golombek, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Golombek vs P Vaitonis, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Golombek vs Pilnik, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Golombek vs Wade, 1952 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1952/53 (1952)
   London A (1946)
   Hastings 1959/60 (1959)
   Margate (1938)
   Hastings 1946/47 (1946)
   Hastings 1938/39 (1938)
   Margate (1939)
   Budapest (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London A 1946 by Tabanus
   Hastings 1950/51 by suenteus po 147
   Margate 1938 by sneaky pete
   Hastings 1952/53 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1959/60 by suenteus po 147

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(born Mar-01-1911, died Jan-07-1995, 83 years old) United Kingdom

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Harry Golombek was born in London. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and an Emeritus GM title in 1985, he was British Champion in 1947 (after a play-off), 1949 and 1955. He also played on nine English Olympiad teams from 1935 to 1962.

During World War II he worked at Bletchley Park deciphering the German enigma codes but he is best remembered for his work as an author with biographical works on Jose Raul Capablanca and Richard Reti to his credit. He was chess editor for the London Times 1945-89 and was also the first British player to qualify for an interzonal. Awarded an OBE in 1966 he passed away in early 1995.

Wikipedia article: Harry Golombek

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 468  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Sapira vs Golombek  1-052 1932 Hastings 3233E16 Queen's Indian
2. W Winter vs Golombek  ½-½31 1935 HastingsE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
3. Golombek vs I Koenig  ½-½30 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
4. Golombek vs R P Michell  ½-½35 1935 HastingsC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Golombek vs G Abrahams  1-027 1935 BCF-chA34 English, Symmetrical
6. Golombek vs G A Thomas  ½-½34 1935 HastingsA13 English
7. Golombek vs R Krogius 1-032 1935 Warsaw OlA28 English
8. C H Alexander vs Golombek 0-132 1935 HastingsB02 Alekhine's Defense
9. Koltanowski vs Golombek  ½-½42 1935 HastingsA47 Queen's Indian
10. K Makarczyk vs Golombek  1-095 1935 OlympiadE16 Queen's Indian
11. C H Maderna vs Golombek  ½-½37 1935 OlympiadE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Golombek vs I A Horowitz 1-057 1935 WarsawA16 English
13. Golombek vs Tartakower  ½-½47 1935 HastingsA35 English, Symmetrical
14. Golombek vs G Danielsson  0-136 1935 OlympiadA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
15. V Winz vs Golombek  0-137 1935 OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Golombek vs I Raud 1-050 1935 Warsaw OlD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
17. Golombek vs E Sorensen  ½-½72 1935 WarsawA28 English
18. Golombek vs Tylor  0-139 1935 HastingsA14 English
19. H Mueller vs Golombek  ½-½32 1935 OlympiadA16 English
20. Golombek vs T Popa 0-129 1935 Warsaw OlA28 English
21. Golombek vs Flohr 0-118 1935 Hastings (England)A28 English
22. Fine vs Golombek 1-034 1936 HastingsE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
23. E Steiner vs Golombek  ½-½58 1937 7th olm finalB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
24. J Turn vs Golombek  0-130 1937 7th olm finalA47 Queen's Indian
25. T van Scheltinga vs Golombek  1-074 1937 7th olm finalE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 468  PGN Download
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Mar-01-09  YoungEd: What does it mean to be an "emeritus" GM? Does it mean that the chess world belatedly recognized one's GM strength, or is it more like an honorary doctorate that a university might confer on an important person?
Mar-01-09  brankat: <YoungEd> It is more like an honorary doctorate recognizing a person's contributions in a given field.

In H.Golombek's case it was his 65 years of commitment to the world-chess-community, his outstanding opus of chess literature, editorship. his stature as a top level chess arbiter.

And, of course, he was no slouch as a player either :-)

R.I.P. GM Golombek.

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  wordfunph: "We might as well have penguins and polar bears playing chess." GM Harry Golombek on Campomanes (Philippines) and Hasan (Indonesia) lobbying for another FIDE zones in Far East and Oceana in 1960's. "I will put up a Philippine team to beat England one day." Campomanes howled after British GM Golombek unleashed a snide remark against Campomanes and Hasan. True to Campomanes' words, Philippines brought back to Earth the England team in the 1968 Lugano Chess Olympiad 2.5-1.5
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  wordfunph: The late GM Harry Golombek once reacted to a spate of Petroff draws in one of the Petrosian-Spassky world championship matches. He suggested that the opening should perhaps be banned.
Mar-01-09  AnalyzeThis: He wrote a wonderful book on Capablanca.
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  ray keene: golombek defeated the following illustrious opponents-amongst many others:

euwe najdorf pachman gufeld antoshin marovic uhlmann bisguier horowitz basman minev

the win against euwe was at paignton 1950 i think , a tournament golombek won, but it appears to be absent from the database here--something to track down and submit!

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white golombek black euwe catalan
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4.Bg2 dc 5.Nf3 a6 6.a4 ? (Correct is Ne5) 6. c5 7.00 Nc6 8.Nbd2 cd 9.Nxc4 Bc5 10.Nf e5 Nxe5

11. Nxe5 00 12.Qc2 Ba7 13.Rd1 Nd5 14.Qc4 Qd6 15.Nf3 e5

16.Ng5 Be6 17.Qd3 f5 18.Bd2 e4 19.Qb3 h6 20.Nxe6 Qxe6

21. Rac1 Rf7 22.Kh1 Re8 23.a5 Qe5 ? (Better is g5 with a clearly won position ) 24. f3 Qe6 25.fe fe 26.Rf1 Nf6 27. Qxe6 Rxe6

28.Bh3 Re8 29.Bf5 e3 30.Bb4 Ne4 31. Bh7ch Kxh7 32.Rxf7 d3

33. ed Nf2 ch 34.Kg2 Nxd3 35.Bc3 Kg6 36.Rc f1 Nf2

37.Rxb7 Bc5 38.Rxg7ch Kf5 39.Rc7 Bd6 40.Rc6 Be5

41. Rc5 Resigns

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  ray keene: and golombeks missing win v dr jonathan penrose

played at hastings 1952-1953
white Golombek black j. PENROSE

1.d4 NF6 2.Nf3 b6 3.c4 Bb7 4.g3 e6 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 Ne4

7.Qc2 Nxc3 8.Qxc3 d6 9.00 00 10.Bf4 Nd7 11.Qc2 f5 12.Ng5 Bxg5

13.Bxb7 Rb8 14.Bxg5 Qxg5 15. Bc6 Nf6 16, f4 Qg6 17.Rf3 Kh8

18.Re1 d5 19.b4 Rbd8 20. Ra3 Ne4 21.b5 Rf6 ed

23.Qb3 a5 24.Bxd5 Nd2 25.Qd3 Rxd5 26. Qxd2 Rxb5

27.Rc3 c6 28.Rec1 Rd5 29.Qb2 b5 30.e3 Qe8 31.Kf2 Rh6

32.h4 Re6 ? 33.Qc2 Rd5d6 34.Qxf5 b4 35.Rd3 Rd5 36.Qg4 h5

37. Qd1 Qg6 38.Rd2 Qf5 39.Rd2c2 Qh3 40.Qh1 Qxh1 41.Rxh1

a4 42.Rb1 Rb5 43. Rc4 b3 44.Rxa4 Resigns once again thanks to prof nathan divinsky for supplying the moves

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  wordfunph: Happy Birthday to the author of my book Capablanca's 100 Best Games of Chess.... Harry Golombek!
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  talisman: happy birthday to a great chess author.
Mar-22-10  alexrawlings: Harry Golombek featured in Leonard Barden's chess column in tonight's London evening standard where he showed a puzzle from a game against Alan Phillips in the British Championship from 1961.

Unfortunately this game isn't in the database, but this is the position with Phillips as White to make the winning move:

click for larger view

The winning move was 1 Re4! blocking black's mating threat and making his own unstopable. The continuation is 1.. fxe4 2 Rh1! e3+ 3 Ke1 Nf8 4 Qh6 followed by 5 Qg6#

Does anyone have this game? It would be fun to play it through and maybe it could even be a GOTD or a puzzle on this website one day!

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  ray keene: Phillips,A - Golombek,H [C00]

British Championship, 1961

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 d5 4.Nbd2 Nc6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.00 00 8.c3 Qc7 9.Re1 b6 10.Qe2 Ba6 11.e5 Nd7 12.Nf1 Rac8 13.h4 Rfe8 14.Bf4 b5 15.Ng5 Bxg5 16.hxg5 Nf8 17.Nh2 Ng6 18.Qh5 Nce7 19.Ng4 Nf5 20.Bh3 d4 21.Nf6+ gxf6 22.Bxf5 exf5 23.gxf6 Kh8 24.f3 Bb7 25.Kf2 Qc6 26.Re4 fxe4 27.Rh1 10


Jul-28-10  karnak64: I just saw a great piece on code-breaking at Bletchley Park in which IM Golombek was interviewed (obviously, the interview was some time ago, and perhaps has aired in other contexts).

He had a fascinating account of how code breaking was like playing chess, in that it involved getting into your opponent's head and imagining what he was thinking as he was developing or using a cipher.

I can see how he was of great value in the war effort.

The spot included a few cuts of IM Golombek playing in what appeared to be international tournaments.

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  kingscrusher: Code breaker at Bletchley park

Mar-01-12  LoveThatJoker: Harry Golombek, POTD. Good job!


Mar-01-12  brankat: R.I.P. GM Golombek.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. POTD.
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a Golombek victory that I have uploaded to the database:

[Event "1935 BCF-ch"]
[Site "Great Yarmouth"]
[Date "1935.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Harry Golombek"]
[Black "Gerald Abrahams"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. c4 c5 2. ♘c3 b6 3. ♘f3 ♗b7 4. e4 g6 5. d4 ♗g7 6. d5 d6 7. ♗d3 ♘d7 8. O-O ♘gf6 9. h3 h6 10. ♕e2 g5

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11. e5 dxe5 12. ♘xe5 ♘xe5 13. ♕xe5 O-O 14. ♕e2 e6 15. dxe6 ♖e8 16. exf7+ ♔xf7 17. ♕c2 ♔g8 18. ♗e3 g4 19. ♖ad1 ♕c7 20. ♗f5 gxh3 21. ♗xh3 ♘e4 22. ♖d7 ♕b8 23. ♘xe4 ♗xe4 24. ♕d2 ♗c6 25. ♗f4 ♖e2 26. ♖xg7+ ♔xg7 27. ♕c3+ 1-0

Source: CHESS, Vol 1, No 1, 14 September 1935

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  offramp: < GrahamClayton: Here is a Golombek victory that I have uploaded to the database: [Event "1935 BCF-ch"]
[Site "Great Yarmouth"]
[Date "1935.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Harry Golombek"]
[Black "Gerald Abrahams"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. c4 c5 2. ♘c3 b6 3. ♘f3 ♗b7 4. e4 g6 5. d4 ♗g7 6. d5 d6 7. ♗d3 ♘d7 8. O-O ♘gf6 9. h3 h6 10. ♕e2 g5 11. e5 dxe5 12. ♘xe5 ♘xe5 13. ♕xe5 O-O 14. ♕e2 e6 15. dxe6 ♖e8 16. exf7+ ♔xf7 17. ♕c2 ♔g8 18. ♗e3 g4 19. ♖ad1 ♕c7 20. ♗f5 gxh3 21. ♗xh3 ♘e4 22. ♖d7 ♕b8 23. ♘xe4 ♗xe4 24. ♕d2 ♗c6 25. ♗f4 ♖e2 26. ♖xg7+ ♔xg7 27. ♕c3+ 1-0

Source: CHESS, Vol 1, No 1, 14 September 1935>

It looks great to use the {}s to make pictures instead of letters, but it can be a bit of a pain if someone wants to c+p that game into a pgn-reading program. It can't be read. It will come out like this: [Event "1935 BCF-ch"]
[Site "Great Yarmouth"]
[Date "1935.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Harry Golombek"]
[Black "Gerald Abrahams"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "11"]
[EventDate "1935.??.??"]

1. c4 c5 ?c3 b6 ?f3 ?b7 2. e4 g6 3. d4 ?g7 d5 d6 ?d3 ?d7 O-O ?gf6 4. h3 h6 ?e2 g5 5. e5 dxe5 ?xe5 ?xe5 ?xe5 O-O ?e2 e6 dxe6 ?e8 exf7+ ?xf7 ?c2 ?g8 ?e3 6. g4 ?ad1 ?c7 ?f5 gxh3 ?xh3 ?e4 ?d7 ?b8 ?xe4 ?xe4 ?d2 ?c6 ?f4 ?e2 ?xg7+ ?xg7 ?c3+ 1-0
So the game would have to be entered again "manually".

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  Ron: This first post on this page was by me. I wrote

May-01-0 Ron: Harry Golombek served the cause of freedom: during the Second World War, he was one of those code breakers working on the German ENIGMA codes.

The second post is a factually incorrect and asshoeish post by WMD:

Feb-15-04 WMD: The only thing Golombek ever served at Bletchley Park was tea and biscuits.

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  eternaloptimist: I didn't know that Golombek worked on cracking the enigma codes until I read his profile. I've only skimmed over his books in bookstores in the past, but I'm thinking about buying 1 of his books in the near future.
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  offramp: If you think his books will help your play you are being a bit too optimistic.
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  eternaloptimist: :D Nice pun...well then I won't buy 1 of his books. Thanks for the forewarning.
Mar-01-15  gezafan: Golombek wrote a pretty good book called "The Game of Chess." It's a general overview of chess.

It would be good for novice players or average non-tournament players who want to improve their game. It could help a player to develop as a well rounded player.

I recommend it.

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  offramp: <gezafan: Golombek wrote a pretty good book called "The Game of Chess." It's a general overview of chess. It would be good for novice players or average non-tournament players who want to improve their game. It could help a player to develop as a well rounded player.

I recommend it.>

I also made my first steps with that book. It is in descriptive notation and ends with a game by the potential world champion Bobby Fischer. I remember it was very good at explaining the basic mates. How much good would it be to a talented 12-year-old nowadays, I wonder? Have any better didactic books been written about chess since 1970?

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