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Reginald Joseph Broadbent
R Broadbent 
Number of games in database: 51
Years covered: 1938 to 1954
Overall record: +18 -21 =12 (47.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-03-1906, died Oct-29-1988, 82 years old) United Kingdom

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Reginald Joseph Broadbent was born in Durban, South Africa. He won the Liverpool club championship at the age of 20, and later the Lancashire championship three times and the Manchester championship four times. He was Northern Counties Champion 1933-46, the Surrey champion 1947, and the British champion in 1948 and 1950. He played for England in international matches against Holland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Australia, and has taken part in two international tournaments: London 1946, and the Staunton Memorial Tournament 1951.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 51  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G van Doesburgh vs R Broadbent  0-1501938ENG-NEDD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
2. R Broadbent vs G van Doesburgh  1-0211938ENG-NEDC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. R Broadbent vs Cortlever  1-0391939ENG-NEDB72 Sicilian, Dragon
4. Cortlever vs R Broadbent  0-1551939ENG-NEDC05 French, Tarrasch
5. R Broadbent vs Prins  0-1541946London AC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
6. P List vs R Broadbent  0-1411946London AA46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. R Broadbent vs O Friedmann  1-0301946London AB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. Tartakower vs R Broadbent 1-0301946London AB20 Sicilian
9. R Broadbent vs H Steiner  0-1431946London AC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
10. J Stone vs R Broadbent  0-1741946London AB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. R Broadbent vs Opocensky  0-1481946London AB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. A Pomar Salamanca vs R Broadbent  1-0371946London AD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
13. R Broadbent vs O Bernstein  1-0551946London AC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Golombek vs R Broadbent  1-0381946London AD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. R Broadbent vs W Fairhurst ½-½591946London AC71 Ruy Lopez
16. R Broadbent vs A R B Thomas  0-1411946BCF-chC78 Ruy Lopez
17. F Parr vs R Broadbent 1-0311946BCF-chD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. R Broadbent vs Wade 1-0341946BCF-chC02 French, Advance
19. B H Wood vs R Broadbent 1-0301946BCF-chD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. R Broadbent vs Milner-Barry  1-0401946BCF-chC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. G Wood vs R Broadbent  1-0391946BCF-chD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. R Broadbent vs Golombek  ½-½691946BCF-chB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
23. G Abrahams vs R Broadbent 1-0511946BCF-chE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. R Broadbent vs W Winter  1-0441946BCF-chB20 Sicilian
25. R Broadbent vs R F Combe  1-0471946BCF-chB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
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  Benzol: Reginald Joseph Broadbent
Born 3rd August 1906 in Durban, South Africa
British champion in 1948 and 1950. He was also 1st= in 1947 but lost the playoff.
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  chancho: Reginald Joseph Broadbent, played a game of living chess with Nicholas Rossolimo, at London's South bank during the Festival of Britain in 1951.
Aug-03-06  Eastfrisian: ... And still living ?

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  keypusher: Author of a book on Bird's Opening, according to Tartakower. Has anyone got a copy?
Aug-03-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Of course there's a chance that he's still alive, but I think it's more likely that his passing away has simply not been reported and as such is still assumed alive.

Anyway, in case I'm wrong, happy birthday Mr. Broadbent!

Aug-03-06  BaranDuin: Unfortunatly, he is already dead.
According to ( he died on 29.10.1988.
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  xenophon: still dead i presume
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  whiteshark: Player of the Day

Picture from the Contestants at Nottingham 1946:

Back row l - r: Gabriel Wood, <Reginald Broadbent>, Philip Milner-Barry, A.R.B.Thomas, Barry Wood.

Front: Bob Wade, Frank Parr, William Winter, Robert Combe, Hugh Alexander, Harry Golombek, Gerald Abrahams.


Aug-03-08  artyom2008: happy birthday mr broadbent
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  GrahamClayton: Is this Broadbent the same person after whom the 1925-1937 style of Staunton knight design is named after?

May-28-09  YoungEd: I've read the Broadbent book on Bird's Opening--checked it out from a college library. Interesting and fun, though not groundbreaking.
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  whiteshark: <Author of a book on Bird's Opening, according to Tartakower.> Now I know where Khalifman got the idea of his opening book series ...
Aug-03-10  eightsquare: Happy Birthday!!!
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Reginald Joseph Broadbent.
Aug-03-14  Nosnibor: Of all the games in the data base there is not one that features Bird`s Opening and even more strange none of his games from either the British championship of 1948 or 1950 for which he won both.To make amends and in memory of Broadbent I am attaching hereunder his last round win which secured him the title in 1950. White:R.J.Broadbent.Black:C.H.O`D.Alexander.Ruy Lopez,1e4,e5.2Nf3,Nc6.3Bb5,a6.4Ba4,Nf6.50-0,Be7.- 6Re1,b5.7Bb3,0-0.8d3,d6.9c3,Na5.10Bc2,c5.11Nbd2,-
Rg8.50Nh6,Black Resigns.1-0
Aug-03-17  Nosnibor: Today we remember you Mr. Broadbent.You seemed to have stopped playing the year that I first started playing.
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