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G Burgess 
Graham K Burgess
Number of games in database: 38
Years covered: 1985 to 2003
Last FIDE rating: 2265
Highest rating achieved in database: 2292
Overall record: +10 -21 =7 (35.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
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(born Feb-24-1968, 48 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 38  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Burgess vs Khalifman 0-127 1985 Groningen (Netherlands)A15 English
2. G Burgess vs J Anderson 1-034 1985 ?A67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
3. G Burgess vs N Katishonok 1-041 1989 Vosu opA57 Benko Gambit
4. G Burgess vs Adams  0-140 1989 London LloydsE12 Queen's Indian
5. Clark vs G Burgess 0-128 1989 Weymouth OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
6. G Burgess vs W Watson 0-139 1989 ?E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
7. Speelman vs G Burgess  1-053 1989 London (England)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. G Burgess vs Hebden  1-041 1989 Ch-ENG Plymouth E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
9. G Burgess vs C Beaumont  0-134 1990 Aarhus int-AA57 Benko Gambit
10. Adams vs G Burgess  1-027 1990 ManchesterB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
11. Sherzer vs G Burgess 1-022 1990 Prestwich (England)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. D Norwood vs G Burgess  ½-½58 1990 Prestwich (England)A00 Uncommon Opening
13. A Galliamova vs G Burgess  1-038 1990 Prestwich A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
14. G Burgess vs Anand  ½-½28 1990 PrestwichA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
15. K Berg vs G Burgess  ½-½29 1991 SommerskakE97 King's Indian
16. G Burgess vs C Friis  1-023 1991 BellingeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. J Sorensen vs G Burgess  1-042 1991 SommerskakB02 Alekhine's Defense
18. I Sokolov vs G Burgess  1-040 1991 Politiken CupE81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. I Novikov vs G Burgess  1-027 1991 SommerskakE70 King's Indian
20. N Illijin vs G Burgess 0-125 1992 Biel MTO opB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
21. J D Tisdall vs G Burgess  1-029 1995 Gausdal Troll MastersE92 King's Indian
22. K Gvein vs G Burgess  0-142 1995 Gausdal Troll MastersE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
23. DeFirmian vs G Burgess 1-034 1995 Gausdal (Norway)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. Martin vs G Burgess 0-142 1996 British League (4NCL)A00 Uncommon Opening
25. J Parker vs G Burgess  1-029 1996 BCF Team Ch 9697 (4NCL)E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
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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.
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  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
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  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.
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  notyetagm: <Benzol: <notyetagm> <GeauxCool> Can one of you upload it to the DB please.>

Just did.

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  Benzol: <notyetagm> Thanks.


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  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.
Oct-23-11  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.

Aug-15-12  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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