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Bruce Harper
Number of games in database: 18
Years covered: 1971 to 2004
Last FIDE rating: 2330
Highest rating achieved in database: 2340
Overall record: +3 -8 =7 (36.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-23-1954, 65 years old) Canada

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He is an FM who won the British Columbia championship in 1973. He briefly wrote a chess column for the Vancouver Province in the 1970s and 1980s. He and Yasser Seirawan devised a variant of chess (commonly called Seirawan chess) in Bruce's kitchen.

References:, Vancouver Province.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Harper vs R Zuk 0-1391971Halloween OpenE97 King's Indian
2. B Harper vs E Formanek  0-13919719th Canadian OpenA21 English
3. B Harper vs K Spraggett  0-1411972Ch. junior, LondonE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
4. B Harper vs Suttles 1-0311973Canadian OpenB06 Robatsch
5. B Harper vs Keres 0-1381975VancouverD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. B Harper vs K Spraggett  ½-½591975CAN-ch / ZonalA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
7. L Day vs B Harper 1-0421975CAN-ch / ZonalB08 Pirc, Classical
8. K Spraggett vs B Harper 1-0231976Ch. Ouvert MontrealC02 French, Advance
9. E Winslow vs B Harper  0-1351976VancouverC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
10. B Harper vs L Day  0-1341978CAN-ch / ZonalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. K Spraggett vs B Harper  ½-½231978CAN-ch / ZonalE12 Queen's Indian
12. B Harper vs P Sontag 1-0121979NWC JulyE14 Queen's Indian
13. B Harper vs L Day  ½-½191980CAN-opC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
14. L Day vs B Harper  ½-½401981CAN-ch / ZonalB06 Robatsch
15. B Harper vs K Spraggett  0-1341981CAN-ch / ZonalD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
16. Igor Ivanov vs B Harper  ½-½451981CAN-ch / ZonalA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
17. V Arapovic vs B Harper  ½-½672004Keres mem 29thB06 Robatsch
18. B Harper vs M Yousefzadeh  ½-½292004Western Canadian opB03 Alekhine's Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-13-05  lentil: my 2 bits:
1) this collection is not fair to mr harper, who was a strong master (2300+ CFC) and among caissa's elite in vancouver in the mid-70s. i'm sure there are a great many masterful grind-outs available. harper also wrote a chess column in "the vancouver province" in this epoch before going into law.

2) i'm envious of paul sontag, who gets a game in the collection, even though he was only about expert strength at the time. even _I_ have beaten him, although he was rated about 1100 and i had to resort to a disgusting cheapo!

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  Benzol: Is this the man who is doing the two books on Duncan Suttles?
Feb-15-06  whiskeyrebel: I certainly hope so; I really enjoyed his writing style when he was B.C. editor for Northwest chess magazine 30 years or so ago. I'd imagine a Suttles book would do really well and that publishers would have been tripping over one another long ago to be the first to market. Keene and Schiller put Suttles over nicely in a section of their book from at least 10 years ago "winning with the hypermodern". I'm itching for a full length work from somebody. Are you out there Mr. Harper?
Feb-19-06  redlance: Good Luck on your book on Duncan Suttles.
Yes,Keene and Schiller did have a nice section in that book and Ray has alot of Suttles games in his Modern defense book.
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  Eric Schiller: <WhiskeyRebel> That book is now back in print from Hardinge-Simpole as "How to Win with Hypermodern Chess Strategy" The original title was ridiculous and assigned by Batsford. It is a book about hypermodern play in general, not an opening manual.
Feb-20-06  whiskeyrebel: Thanks. I'm glad it's back in's a great read. "Hypermodern" play not only irked the dinosaurs who ranted against it..I've sensed irritation at weekend swisses from players I face in the 1800-2200 range when I spring "that hypermodern @#*!" on them. It's amazing how ideas so old and well explored can still seem so new and wacky to e4 - d4 diehards. I like to think of Suttles as the "Frank Zappa" of chess considering the fact that they created during the same time period and could be counted on for something "bizarre". I'm a sucker for Pavel Blatny's games these days.
Feb-20-06  redlance: Eric the Hypermodern book is a classic!!
I am going to order another copy.
Nov-06-06  madness: I'd like to point out that the Suttles chapter in this book is largely by a third party. A few of the notes are paraphrased from Harper and Suttles, and a fair amount of the other Suttles stuff is by a guy who lived down the alley from Eric.
Nov-08-06  mack: <whiskyrebel> I like the Suttles/Zappa analogy very much; both men have made me think outside the box in their various fields. Chess should lend itself to these sorts of comparisons. I remember <ray keene> a long time ago saying that one of the best ways to appreciate the implicit beauty of Reti's games was with brandy and the Trout Quartet. Similarly, maybe the ideal accompaniment to Suttles is Absolutely Free. Food for thought, eh.

And yeah, I dig Blatny too!

May-13-07  Pawsome: Suttles even bears a resemblance to Zappa. With a Fu Manchu like Frank's, Duncan would be a ringer for late great gonzo guitarist.
May-13-07  Pawsome: <this collection is not fair to mr harper, who was a strong master (2300+ CFC) and among caissa's elite in vancouver in the mid-70s. i'm sure there are a great many masterful grind-outs available.> There are on the ChessBase Database. For example:
[Event "British Columbia-ch"]
[Site "Vancouver"]
[Date "1972.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Harper,Bruce"]
[Black "Zuk,Robert D"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "E96"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.Re1 Re8 9.Bf1 c6 10.Rb1 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nc5 12.f3 a5 13.Nc2 Qc7 14.Bf4 Bf8 15.Qd2 Nfd7 16.b3 Ne5 17.Rbd1 Be6 18.Kh1 a4 19.Nd4 axb3 20.axb3 Qb6 21.Rb1 Bg7 22.Be3 Qc7 23.h3 Bc8 24.Be2 Ra3 25.Ncb5 cxb5 26.Nxb5 Qa5 27.b4 Qa4 28.Nxa3 Qxa3 29.bxc5 dxc5 30.Qc1 Qa6 31.Bxc5 Qf6 32.Qe3 Be6 33.Rxb7 Nd7 34.Ba7 Qh4 35.Qf2 Qf4 36.Be3 Qe5 37.Rd1 Nf6 38.Rb5 Qc7 39.Rdb1 Nh5 40.f4 Nf6 41.Qf3 Bxc4 42.Rc5 Bxe2 43.Rxc7 Bxf3 44.gxf3 Nh5 45.Rbb7 f5 46.e5 Bh6 47.Rc4 Rd8 48.Kg2 Ng7 49.Kf2 Ne6 50.Re7 Ng7 51.Rb4 Nh5 52.Reb7 Ng7 53.Ke2 Ne6 54.Rb8 Rxb8 55.Rxb8+ Kf7 56.Rb7+ Kg8 57.Kd3 Bxf4 58.Re7 Bxe3 59.Rxe6 Bf4 60.Kd4 Kf7 61.Ra6 Bg5 62.e6+ Kf6 63.Kd5 Bd2 64.Ra7 Bb4 65.Rf7+ Kg5 66.Rxh7 Kf4 67.Rh4+ 1-0
Jun-10-07  mack: Call me slow, but I only just realised that this is the same guy who created the 'World At War' boardgame ( It was adapted as a computer by Magnetar Games, which is run by none other than Duncan Suttles.
Jun-10-07  Ziggurat: <mack> That's very interesting. I had no idea about Suttles/Magnetar (or the other stuff). Which makes me even slower than you.
Jun-10-07  mack: <It was adapted as a computer...>

Computer GAME, thankyouverymuch.

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