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Michael John Basman
Number of games in database: 278
Years covered: 1960 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2313 (2183 rapid, 2291 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2350
Overall record: +121 -101 =51 (53.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      5 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (56) 
 Sicilian (30) 
    B21 B22 B50 B52 B72
 King's Gambit Accepted (12) 
    C34 C33 C36 C35 C37
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 A40 D04 D02
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (6) 
 King's Gambit Declined (5) 
    C30 C31
With the Black pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (48) 
    B00 A00
 Sicilian (14) 
    B40 B29 B27 B22 B88
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A05
 English (7) 
    A10 A12 A19
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B10 B15 B13 B16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F Babar vs M Basman, 1993 0-1
   Ulf Andersson vs M Basman, 1974 0-1
   C Morrison vs M Basman, 1981 0-1
   M Basman vs Nunn, 1978 1-0
   S Bibby vs M Basman, 1990 0-1
   M Basman vs Tal, 1974 1/2-1/2
   M Basman vs S Joksic, 1979 1-0
   Mecking vs M Basman, 1967 0-1
   M Basman vs D J Strauss, 1984 1-0
   Speelman vs M Basman, 1980 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1966/67 (1966)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   London (1975)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Interesting Spike/Grob wins by smalldreams
   JP G4 by Firelight
   1 G4!! by Cshatranj
   G-Men Wear Black by fredthebear
   Hastings 1966/67 by suenteus po 147
   Basman's wins with white and 1.h3! by Flo
   Black plays 1. ... g5 by wolf1994

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(born Mar-16-1946, 70 years old) United Kingdom

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Michael John Basman was born in St Pancras, London, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1980 and having dual nationality won the Erevan Championship whilst living there in the early 1970s. He was also a pioneer in the production of audio tapes for chess.

He is noted for his use of unorthodox flank openings, such as 1.g4, 1.h3, 1.e4 g5, etc. He expanded on Henry Grobís original work on the Grob Attack (1.g4) with his book on the The Killer Grob.

Wikipedia article: Michael Basman

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 278  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Basman vs T Brugger  1-022 1960 From Junior Chess Games (Bott / Morrison)D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Szabo vs M Basman 1-032 1961 BBC Simul [Barden]A19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
3. M Basman vs V W Knox 1-043 1962 Whitby British u18 chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. C Waites vs M Basman  1-026 1962 Whitby British u18 chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. M Basman vs M H Miller  1-041 1962 Whitby British u18 chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
6. Keene vs M Basman  1-035 1963 Bognor rapid transit tourneyD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
7. Keene vs M Basman 1-024 1963 speed chessA33 English, Symmetrical
8. A Thomas vs M Basman 1-017 1964 Hastings Challengers -65B22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. Keene vs M Basman 0-136 1965 National Club ChampionshipA12 English with b3
10. M Basman vs Keene 0-145 1965 London TournamentA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. M Basman vs M Cebalo  ½-½47 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. M Basman vs Kurajica  1-066 1966 Hastings 1966/67B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
13. T Porrasmaa vs M Basman  0-141 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. M Basman vs I Gat  0-140 1966 Orebro Stud olm prelim4B22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. M Basman vs Jansa  ½-½40 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAA48 King's Indian
16. M Basman vs F Burgener ½-½40 1966 Orebro Stud olm prelim4B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
17. M Basman vs A van den Berg  1-033 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Uhlmann vs M Basman  1-029 1966 Hastings 1966/67D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
19. N Spiridonov vs M Basman  1-053 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAA12 English with b3
20. G Kuzmin vs M Basman 1-067 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
21. Keene vs M Basman  ½-½50 1966 Hastings 1966/67A04 Reti Opening
22. J Sloth vs M Basman 1-038 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAA07 King's Indian Attack
23. M Basman vs Balashov  0-166 1966 Hastings 1966/67B89 Sicilian
24. M Basman vs D Neukirch  0-131 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. M Basman vs Suetin  0-141 1967 Hastings 1967/68A40 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jun-10-09  Cardinal Fang: <ChesterTheJester> Back in the 70's in England, 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 was known as the "Basman Sicilian".
Sep-23-09  JonDSouzaEva: Here's an early game by Mike Basman, played in 1960:

[Event "From Junior Chess Games (Bott / Morrison)"]
[Site "Surbiton Chess Club"]
[Date "1960.?.?"]
[White "Michael Basman"]
[Black "Trevor Brugger"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. c4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. Nf3 Be7 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 b6 8. Rc1 Bb4 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. Ne5 g5 11. Bg3 dxc4 12. Bxc4 Bxg2 13. Rg1 Bb7 14. Qb3 Bxc3+ 15. Rxc3 Ne4 16. Bxe6 Nxe5 17. Bxe5 O-O 18. Rxc7 Qe8 19. Rxb7 Rc8 20. Bxc8 Qxc8 21. Rc7 Qf5 22. Qc2

I've submitted it for inclusion on

May-20-10  rapidcitychess: I recall when John Nunn played him and he played the Grob 1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 and said two hours later, John Nunn found him saying "Where did I go wrong..."
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  wordfunph: In Michael Basman's book The Killer Grob, he stated... "...There was a ninety-minute tape containing my eleven games from the British Championship 1982, where I used the Grob in every round."
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  GrahamClayton: Photo of Basman relaxing while watching an outdoor game at the Broadgate Centre, London:

Jul-22-10  Bixel: Basman's awesome. He really Grobs the opponent and doesn't let go!
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  redlance: He beat John Nunn with the Grob,
maybe John didn't know where he went wrong!!!
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  Willem Wallekers: < FHBradley: I wonder how much better results he would have achieved, if he hadn't played these "unorthodox flank openings". There is little point in being unorthodox, if being unorthodox implies being plainly wrong, someone said.> IMHO he's waisting his talent and eloping his responsibilities.
May-26-11  SvetlanaBabe: I, on behalf of the 'Coffee-house' chessplayers of Australia, thank IM Basman for existing.
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  Shams: Andrew Martin video on Basman:
Oct-04-11  jackpawn: OMG! In honor of today's opening (Borg Defense) I tried it in a couple of games against Little Chess Partner. I won easily! I admit Little Chess Partner isn't the strongest opponent, but I felt very comfortable in the resulting positions. Maybe I should have been playing in Basman's style my whole life?!
Oct-04-11  Harvestman: Just to put in a positive word of thanks to IM Basman for all of his tremendous efforts in supporting junior chess in the UK, and organising the huge Megafinals mentioned above.

I have met him briefly at several of these and he does a brilliant job with the kids.

Nov-08-11  jackpawn: I've been trying the Borg against various computer programs. I'm just amazed how truly playable it is! I've been a conservative in openings my whole life and this is just doing a 180 for me. Becoming a radical in my old age!
Nov-08-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<jackpawn>

I agree with what Ray Keene said back in Mar-26-07.

The Borg is tricky but not really all that good. I feel Basman feels a little justified though.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 has been a much tested line at the highest levels in the Sicilian Najdorf (English Attack). It contains some ideas similar to the Borg!

Nov-11-11  jackpawn: Being objective I agree that the Borg simply can't be good, but what I found surprising is how well it works against various White setups.

I haven't tried it yet against humans, but I would imagine it might be good as a surprise weapon against non-Masters.

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  GrahamClayton: "What is the most likely reason that he [Basman] never became a Grandmaster? He was having too much fun." - Peter Lalic.
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  wordfunph: "If we are to elevate the game of chess to a popular sport, grandmasters must become gladiators, otherwise the game will languish on the periphery, a voice crying in the wilderness, condemned to live and die on a cold arctic shore."

- IM Michael Basman

Mar-16-13  SugarDom: Best quote ever!!

Galing ng research mo tsongki.

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  Abdel Irada: It's highway grobbery, I tell you!
Apr-17-13  Tired Tim: Little known chess facts no 852: "Basman's family knew the singer Cleo Laine, who worked as a babysitter for the young Michael." (impeccable)source - Wikipedia.

Possibly in the same league as "John Dankworth played second board for Hampstead, and Ray Keene was a session museum for The Clash"

Jun-10-13  arthurp: Michael how could you do this! I never saw so many incorrect opening moves played by you in 2009.1.D4?? 1.E4??,1.d4 d5??. Please get back to Basmanian chess! Play in more tournaments!
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  offramp: In heaven Basman never stops punching Nimzowitsch in the stomach and shouting, Your stupid ideas destroyed my career!!
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  TheFocus: <Chess will always be in the doldrums as a spectator sport while a draw is given equal mathematical value as a decisive result> - Michael Basman.
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  TheFocus: <If we are to elevate the game of chess to a popular sport, grandmasters must become gladiators, otherwise the game will languish on the periphery, a voice crying in the wilderness, condemned to live and die on a cold arctic shore> - Michael Basman.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Michael Basman.
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