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Graham K Burgess
G Burgess 
Number of games in database: 40
Years covered: 1985 to 2003
Last FIDE rating: 2265
Highest rating achieved in database: 2292
Overall record: +11 -22 =7 (36.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern (7 games)
B03 Alekhine's Defense (4 games)
B02 Alekhine's Defense (2 games)
D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (2 games)
A57 Benko Gambit (2 games)
A00 Uncommon Opening (2 games)
E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov (2 games)

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(born Feb-24-1968, 51 years old) United Kingdom

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Graham K Burgess was awarded his FM title at the age of 20. From the May 18-21, 1994 at the London Chess Centre he set a world record for playing marathon blitz chess, scoring (+431, =25, -54) in the 510 games played. He is also a noted and prolific chess author.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 40  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Burgess vs J Anderson 1-0341985?A67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
2. G Burgess vs Khalifman 0-1271985EU-ch U20A15 English
3. D King vs G Burgess  0-1401988BCF-chB06 Robatsch
4. Clark vs G Burgess 0-1281989Weymouth OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
5. G Burgess vs N Katishonok 1-0411989Vosu opA57 Benko Gambit
6. Speelman vs G Burgess  1-053198913th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. G Burgess vs Adams  0-140198913th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE12 Queen's Indian
8. G Burgess vs Hebden  1-0411989BCF-chE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
9. G Burgess vs W Watson 0-1391989BCF-chE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
10. A M Galliamova vs G Burgess  1-0381990PrestwichA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. Sherzer vs G Burgess 1-0221990PrestwichB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. G Burgess vs C Beaumont  0-1341990Aarhus int-AA57 Benko Gambit
13. G Burgess vs Anand  ½-½281990PrestwichA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
14. D Norwood vs G Burgess  ½-½581990PrestwichA00 Uncommon Opening
15. Adams vs G Burgess  1-0271990ManchesterB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
16. J Sorensen vs G Burgess  1-0421991Aarhus International OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
17. I A Novikov vs G Burgess  1-0271991Aarhus International OpenE70 King's Indian
18. I Sokolov vs G Burgess  1-0401991Politiken CupE81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. K Berg vs G Burgess  ½-½291991Aarhus International OpenE97 King's Indian
20. G Burgess vs C Friis  1-0231991BellingeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. N Illijin vs G Burgess 0-1251992Biel MTO opB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
22. Chandler vs G Burgess  1-04119934NCL (GBR-chT 9394)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. de Firmian vs G Burgess 1-0341995Troll MastersB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. J D Tisdall vs G Burgess  1-0291995Gausdal Troll MastersE92 King's Indian
25. K Gvein vs G Burgess  0-1421995Gausdal Troll MastersE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
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Dec-08-05  KingG: <Sneaky> Thanks for that. I had never heard of this before. Seems like a good weapon to play against Benko players.
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  Sneaky: It is a good weapon because it takes the Benko player out of their game. Benko players tend to be endgame oriented positional players. They aren't interesting in mating attacks--just a way to ground you down into a losing endgame. They are normally the kind of person who is afraid of gambits (both offering and accepting) but they make an exception for the Benko Gambit because they've discovered how it's virtually impossible for White to hang onto his material.

With the Frappe Attack you throw the gauntlet back to Black, and make him make the difficult decisions.

What's more, if Black tries to deviate early from the mainline, there are wonderfully sharp attacking lines. I won a tournament game once in under 20 moves, by making bold pawn pushes in the center which pushed Black right off the board. If I can dig it up I'll put it on the Benko Gambit (A57) page.

Dec-08-05  KingG: Ok, thanks. I hope you can find the game.
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  Sneaky: I came up with it, go look Benko Gambit (A57)
Dec-08-05  KingG: <Sneaky> Ok, thanks for the game.
Feb-24-06  BIDMONFA: Graham Burgess


Oct-30-06  mack: Graham will no doubt be delighted that his Mammoth Book of Chess featured quite a bit in one episode of Neighbours last week.
Oct-25-08  notyetagm: Could someone please post the <PGN> for the game <Ilijin-Burgess 0-1 Biel Chess Festival 1992>?


Oct-26-08  GeauxCool: pgn - The Kibitzer's Café
Oct-26-08  notyetagm: <GeauxCool: pgn - The Kibitzer's Café>


Where did you find it?

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  Benzol: <notyetagm> <GeauxCool> Can one of you upload it to the DB please.
Oct-26-08  notyetagm: <Benzol: <notyetagm> <GeauxCool> Can one of you upload it to the DB please.>

Just did.

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  Benzol: <notyetagm> Thanks.


Nov-01-08  notyetagm: <Benzol: <notyetagm> Thanks.>

You're welcome.

Now give it a few weeks before the game appears in the database.

I really wish <CG.COM> would streamline the procedure of admitting games into their database when they are submitted by a trustworthy member of the site, which I believe I am.

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  wordfunph: author of chess books...Graham Burgess.

happy birthday! more books to come..

Oct-22-11  BobCrisp: Wow, didn't he get fat?
Oct-22-11  BobCrisp: He could be <Mig Greengard>'s body double. His hair went north as his belly went south.
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  HeMateMe: Was this the guy who defected to the Russians, along with Kim Philby and Guy McClean? MI-5 needs to find these people quicker.
Oct-23-11  BobCrisp: I think being forced to live the rest of your life in the Soviet Union was punishment enough.
Jan-26-12  bebopj: I'm just getting back into chess, after dabbling in it on and off over the years, and I find Burgess' Tactics & Strategy book (aka Mammoth Book of Chess) an enormous help. Currently working through his chapter on openings.

Highly recommended for a beginner.

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  ketchuplover: US NM Jon Burgess has passed away at age 35.
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  FSR: I highly recommend his book <The Quickest Chess Victories of All Time>. You can buy it cheap on Amazon from various sellers. Entertaining games; playing through them will teach you a ton about the openings and tactics. Seriously, everyone should get this book.
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  cro777: King of the Coffee House

<Sneaky: I have a great little opening manual by Burgess called "The Nescafé(™) Frappe Attack" -- it outlines an absolutely outrageous way for White to go ballistic against anybody who plays the Benko gambit.>

The Nescafé Frappé: is it Gold Blend or totally stewed?

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. Nc3 axb5 6. e4 b4 7. Nb5 d6 8. Bc4 Opening Explorer

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"This line as yet has no official name (except "Zaitsev line with 8 Bc4"). It is generally referred to as simply "The Hack Line", or for reasons which are rather obscure, the "The Nescafé® Frappé Attack" (or NFA for short).

Of all the great unsolved mysteries of chess, the whimsical name of this opening variation has arguably proved the most baffling. It’s a conundrum that has perplexed chess theoreticians and historians for decades.Now we can exclusively unravel it." (Graham Burgess)

"The years have not been kind to the NFA and the current verdict is "flat white". Nowadays only Simon Williams and a few maverick cavemen seem to like the taste. Still, it’s well worth a punt, a pint and a pun in blitz/rapid games, as some strong players know to their cost."

S Williams vs T Chapman, 2011

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  cro777: The safest option against the Nescafe Frappe Attack is 8...Nbd7. Black heads immediately to to hit the Bc4.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. Nc3 axb5 6. e4 b4 7. Nb5 d6 8. Bc4

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8... Nbd7 9. Nf3 Nb6 10. Bd3 g6 11. b3 Bg7 12. Bb2 O-O 13. O-O Ba6

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"Black has completed development and can start to ask some questions about White's stranded knight on b5." (Glenn Flear)

Dec-25-15  chess4games: This guy updated his <The Mammoth Book of Chess> in 2010 with John Nunn: Me was a fan of its 1996 version.
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