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Peter Hugh Clarke
Number of games in database: 238
Years covered: 1952 to 1990
Last FIDE rating: 2300
Highest rating achieved in database: 2345
Overall record: +50 -54 =134 (49.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (16) 
    E61 E69 E88 E99 E80
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E32 E34 E39 E42 E30
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C67 C71 C95 C82 C63
 Sicilian (11) 
    B93 B51 B36 B25 B73
 English (9) 
    A15 A10 A16 A12 A17
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    E10 A40 A41 D02 A50
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (20) 
    C18 C10 C07 C16 C00
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (14) 
    D29 D27 D23 D24 D26
 Sicilian (13) 
    B80 B81 B42 B51 B43
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C85 C95 C76 C69 C94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C85 C95 C94 C91
 French Winawer (7) 
    C18 C16 C17 C15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Clarke vs K Darga, 1968 1/2-1/2
   Larsen vs P Clarke, 1957 0-1
   P Clarke vs R Toran Albero, 1956 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (1975)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1956/57 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1960/61 by Phony Benoni

   Petrosian vs Bondarevsky, 1950
   Petrosian vs Y Kotkov, 1946
   Petrosian vs I Pogrebissky, 1949
   A Kalantar vs Petrosian, 1948
   Petrosian vs A Pirtskhalava, 1947

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(born Mar-18-1933, died Dec-11-2014, 81 years old) United Kingdom

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FIDE master Peter Hugh Clarke was born in London, England. Awarded the IMC title in 1976 and the GMC title in 1980, he was British Correspondence Champion in 1977. He also finished 2nd on five occasions in the British Championship. He represented England in the Olympiads from 1954-68 with his best performance in 1956 at Moscow (+7, =5, -0). He was a writer and chess correspondent to the 'Sunday Times' and is best known for his biographies of Mikhail Tal and Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. Clarke was also an International Arbiter (1976). He was married to Margaret E Clarke.

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Phillips vs P Clarke  ½-½23 1952 BCF-chC18 French, Winawer
2. E Joppen vs P Clarke  1-038 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)C18 French, Winawer
3. P Clarke vs Pilnik  ½-½28 1954 AmsterdamB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
4. P Clarke vs I Johannsson  1-040 1954 AmsterdamB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. P Clarke vs J Jerolim 1-014 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)B06 Robatsch
6. Keres vs P Clarke  1-049 1954 Amsterdam ol finalC05 French, Tarrasch
7. P Clarke vs E Gereben  0-1107 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)C47 Four Knights
8. I Kniazer vs P Clarke  ½-½36 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
9. P Clarke vs B Wexler  1-032 1956 MoscowB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. A Tsvetkov vs P Clarke  ½-½40 1956 Moscow ol (Men)A05 Reti Opening
11. P Clarke vs R Toran Albero 1-022 1956 Hastings 1956/57B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
12. P Clarke vs C Kottnauer  0-132 1956 Ilford PremierB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. M Bely vs P Clarke  ½-½56 1956 Moscow ol (Men)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
14. O'Kelly vs P Clarke  1-036 1956 Hastings 1956/57A24 English, Bremen System with ...g6
15. P Clarke vs A Phillips  1-063 1956 Ilford PremierC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. Wade vs P Clarke  ½-½22 1956 Ilford PremierA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
17. P Clarke vs Teschner  ½-½23 1956 Moscow ol (Men)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
18. P Clarke vs C H Alexander  ½-½30 1956 Hastings 1956/57E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
19. P Clarke vs Fazekas  ½-½80 1956 Ilford PremierC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
20. L Schneider vs P Clarke  0-137 1956 Moscow ol (Men) qual-CD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Y Dobkin vs P Clarke  0-142 1956 Moscow ol (Men)C02 French, Advance
22. F Olafsson vs P Clarke  ½-½43 1956 Hastings 1956/57D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
23. M J Franklin vs P Clarke  ½-½48 1956 Ilford PremierA48 King's Indian
24. Larsen vs P Clarke 0-138 1957 Wageningen ztA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
25. P Clarke vs Szabo  ½-½25 1957 Hastings 1956/57C71 Ruy Lopez
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May-02-07  CaptainEvans: "The most remarkable thing about Clarke's chess career was the way in which he became transformed, in about 1968-9, into the most drawish of players. In British tournaments he has become notorious for correct but dull solidity." George Botterill from British Chess, Pergamon, 1983.

...a bit like me then:-)

Oct-11-07  Erdkunde: The chessgames biography mentions that Clarke wrote books on both Tal and Petrosian. Interesting that he would pay equal attention to players with such vastly different styles.
Oct-11-07  Petrosianic: He wrote about who was hot. They were World Champions only 2 years apart, after all.
Mar-18-08  brankat: Very fine work on both Tal and Petrosian Biographies.

Happy Birthday Mr.Clarke!

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  whiteshark: "British master Peter Hugh Clarke, a former chess correspondent of the Sunday Times in London, once wrote that <short draws are necessary, a means of conserving energy.> "As such they can contribute to raising the standard of play rather than lowering it," he said."

Looking at his numerous short draws make me catch the point. :D


Oct-26-08  Silverstrike: Is his book on Tal any good?
Dec-17-08  Crocomule: His book on Tal is great.
Dec-17-08  Tessie Tura: <His book on Tal is great.>

Yes, nice book.

Dec-18-08  YoungEd: The Petrosian book is excellent, too. Batsford reissued both the Tal and Petrosian books a few years ago in their "Master of..." series.
Mar-18-09  Cibator: Yes, an excellent book (I've got a copy): fifty games analysed in sometimes exhaustive depth. But it stops at the WCM with Botvinnik in 1960.
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  ray keene: clarke's books on both tal and petrosian are still in print with

i recommend them both very highly-my own book on petrosian-<petrosian v the elite> written with julian simpole-deliberately avoids repeating games annotated in clarkes anthology of petrosian's games.

Mar-18-09  amaurobius: Thank you CG for making Clarke today's player of the day.

I confess I can hardly name a British player to emerge in the 50s other than Penrose, but this fella was clearly no mug as the database indicates that he had a positive record against the likes of Szabo and Larsen.

Klaus Darga seems to have had his number though!

Mar-18-09  WhiteRook48: he made Tal and Petrosian's bios??
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  ray keene: tal and petrosian-yes!! both of them
Sep-06-09  Open Defence: very fine work indeed
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  GrahamClayton: His "100 Soviet Chess Miniatures" is a very entertaining book.
Mar-18-12  backrank: Here's my game collection on his Tal book: Game Collection: P.H. Clarke: Mikhail Tal's best games 1951-60 (interestingly, it doesn't appear under 'game collections' on the Mikhail Tal main page).

And someone else had already compiled the games from Clarke's book on Petrosian: Game Collection: P.H.Clarke: Petrosian's Best games (which does appear on the Petrosian main page)

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
Mar-19-12  SimonWebbsTiger: for chess bibliophiles:

Clarke's book, Tal's own life and games plus the match v. Botvinnik and Joe Gallagher's book

Clarke's book, Vasiliev's Batsford bio (with annotations by Suetin), Petrosian's lectures which were issued in book form, and Hardinge and Keene's book...

enough material to keep one occupied for the next many months!

Mar-19-12  srag: <SimonWebbsTiger>: here are some more books on Tal:

a) "El ajedrez extraordinario de Miguel Tal", by Luis Palau, Editorial Mercedes Sopena, Argentina, 1962;

b) "Tal since 1960", by W. H. Cozens, British Chess Magazine, 1974;

c) "Tal's Hundred Best Games 1961-1973", by Bernard Cafferty, Batsford, 1975;

d) "Tal's Masterpieces and other selected games, 1960-1975", by Andrew Karklins,Chicago Chess Books, 1976;

e) "Selected Chess Games of Mikhail Tal", by J. Hajtun, Pitman and Sons, 1961;

f) "Tal-Botvinnik: match for the World Chess Championship 1960", by Mikhail Tal, R.H.M. Press 1977;

g) "Study Chess with Tal", by Mikhail Tal and Alexander Koblenc, Batsford 1978;

h) "Attack with Mikhail Tal", by Mikhail Tal and Iacov Damsky, Cadogan 1994;

I also remember a four volume set published by Batsford some years ago and written by Hillary Thomas, I believe.

Enough to keep a student busy for years .

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  Tabanus: If I'm not mistaken, he married in 1962 to the 1966 British Ladies Champion Margaret E Clarke.
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  Nosnibor: Peter passed away 10/12/2014.R.I.P
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  Stonehenge: 11/12 according to
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  offramp: What was his career? Was he a civil servant?
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  wordfunph: rest in peace, FM P.H. Clarke..

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