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John Eric Littlewood
Number of games in database: 205
Years covered: 1952 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2137
Highest rating achieved in database: 2380
Overall record: +71 -81 =53 (47.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (23) 
    B22 B28 B80 B75 B27
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C91 C77 C71 C73 C78
 French Defense (9) 
    C05 C02 C16 C12 C19
 Bird's Opening (6) 
    A02 A03
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A56 A68 A66 A58
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C91 C95 C90
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (9) 
    E67 E69 E92 E82 E61
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C78 C72 C65 C64 C91
 Sicilian (9) 
    B91 B22 B29 B92 B71
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D87 D81 D94 D93 D92
 Philidor's Defense (8) 
    C41
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E43 E32 E39 E45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Littlewood vs G Abrahams, 1962 1-0
   M Jago vs J Littlewood, 1965 0-1
   J Littlewood vs A H Perkins, 1975 1/2-1/2
   Bisguier vs J Littlewood, 1962 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1960/61 (1960)
   Hastings 1961/62 (1961)
   Hastings 1962/63 (1962)
   Hastings 1963/64 (1963)
   British Championship (1975)
   European Union Individual Championships (2006)
   British Championship (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1960/61 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1962/63 by suenteus po 147

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JOHN ERIC LITTLEWOOD
(born May-25-1931, died Sep-16-2009) United Kingdom

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John Eric Littlewood was a FIDE master. He was National Senior Champion in 2006. Father of Paul E Littlewood and brother of Norman Littlewood.

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 205  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. C Dinsen vs J Littlewood 0-139 1952 Liverpool ttC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
2. J Littlewood vs E Rutanen  0-128 1952 Liverpool ttC05 French, Tarrasch
3. Milner-Barry vs J Littlewood  0-140 1959 BCF-chB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. J Littlewood vs C Hilton 1-042 1959 BCF-chC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. J Littlewood vs D Mardle  1-040 1959 BCF-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. J Littlewood vs Fazekas  ½-½65 1959 BCF-chB27 Sicilian
7. J Littlewood vs R B Edwards  1-023 1959 BCF-chC47 Four Knights
8. Wade vs J Littlewood  0-159 1959 BCF-chA15 English
9. A M Hallmark vs J Littlewood  ½-½71 1959 BCF-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. J Littlewood vs Aitken  0-176 1959 BCF-chC71 Ruy Lopez
11. J Littlewood vs Golombek  0-139 1959 BCF-chA02 Bird's Opening
12. D B Pritchard vs J Littlewood  ½-½50 1959 BCF-chA05 Reti Opening
13. M Haygarth vs J Littlewood  ½-½33 1959 BCF-chE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
14. Szabo vs J Littlewood  ½-½47 1960 Hastings 1960/61A05 Reti Opening
15. J Littlewood vs Sliwa  0-156 1960 Hastings 1960/61C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
16. J Littlewood vs B Cafferty  1-035 1960 Hastings 1960/61B20 Sicilian
17. L Barden vs J Littlewood  ½-½60 1960 Hastings 1960/61A57 Benko Gambit
18. M Aaron vs J Littlewood  1-042 1961 Hastings 1961/62D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J Littlewood vs Gligoric  0-144 1961 Hastings 1960/61C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. P Clarke vs J Littlewood  ½-½21 1961 Hastings 1960/61E61 King's Indian
21. J Penrose vs J Littlewood  ½-½46 1961 Hastings 1961/62B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
22. K Lloyd vs J Littlewood  ½-½41 1961 Hastings 1960/61A05 Reti Opening
23. A Y Green vs J Littlewood  0-139 1961 Hastings 1960/61E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
24. J Littlewood vs L Barden  1-039 1961 Hastings 1961/62B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
25. J Littlewood vs Tan Hoan Liong 1-018 1961 HastingsC34 King's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 205  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-17-05  DanielBryant: Anybody have any info on this guy?
Jan-17-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: (1) His son Paul clobbered me in a simul in England in 1990 or so.

(2) Fischer quotes him in 60MG.

(3) Er, that's it.

Jun-01-05  Stefan Lukke: As far as i know John plays for Liverpool Chess Club

Quoted in one of Kasparov's "My Great Predecessors" books.

He is a really great guy to talk to.

Jun-01-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: If he was mentioned in 60MG and in one of the MGP books that is a weird record for a non-Grandmaster.

Here is my favourite game of his, Miles vs P Littlewood, 1984.

Jun-01-05  WMD: Litlewood, it seems, was first into print with the winning 30.Nh4! in the game Fischer vs Leonid Stein, 1967, and Fischer gives him the credit in MSMG. OMGP-IV follows suit.
Jun-29-05  Stefan Lukke: <offramp> You have the wrong Littlewood. It is John not Paul.

P.S. Sorry i'm late i've been away.

Jan-25-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  BlueMooner: I met & spoke with John Littlewood this evening. He stills plays & is in good health. He was playing the 1 Board for Skelmersdale vs Atherton (I was Board 5 & won...but that's incidental) He beat our Number One handsomely playing the Caro-Kann as black (e4 - c6) and we lost the overall match 3-.

Absolute gem of a guy he was amiable and happily talked chess with us mortals unlike some 'stars' of the game I have met.

He mentioned that he is soon due to play in Dresden in a forthcoming European Seniors Tournament he mentioned representing England.

I only looked him up om here tonight after meeting this evening and I can definitely say he is a top fella; to the extent that he asked me to phone him for any future advice! Hope this helps.

Blue

Jul-23-06  biglo: According to a book by Martin Beheim, Littlewood was a Lincolnshire school teacher nicknamed "Little Tal" among British players.
Jul-23-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: <blue mooner> i played john, norman and paul littlewood ( john and norman were brothers-paul =son of john) i think a total of 7 times--all great guys tho norman is sadly dead. do you happen to have the moves of littewoods caro kann win or at least the opening moves-i never knew he played the caro kann and i am curious!
Jul-23-06  biglo: Ray I was just about to post links to Paul E Littlewood and Norman Littlewood :-)
Jul-23-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: <Bisguier vs J Littlewood> if you want to see a truly rousing and typical win by john this is the one!

Jul-23-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: and if anyone wants to see a genius game by norman littlewood who was amazingly talented but erratic see norman littlewod v lengyel hastings 1964 i think it was-fabulous game!!
Dec-07-06  Monoceros: My first thought when I stumbled across "J. Littlewood" was that it maybe was the mathematician J. E. Littlewood. But he died in 1977 and his middle name, I have just found out, is "Edensor".
May-25-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Happy Birthday !
Sep-16-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: apparently john sadly died this morning-i am now working on a suitable tribute for the times
Sep-18-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Beancounter: I met John Littlewood and knew him through the Merseyside leagues. He was actually a lecturer in further education in Liverpool. He never became a full time pro but managed to achieve the rank of FM. Brilliant attacking player. I played him once in a correspondence game. He crushed me of course. I'm sorry to hear he's gone.
Sep-18-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  pawn to QB4: Me too. As a youngster I heard him lecture in Manchester...my friends and I came out inspired: it was the first time a master had taken us through a game and shown us the depth of thought that's going on during a top class game. For years afterwards he took the time to judge the best game competition at my club - I shudder to think of the sort of stuff we sent him to wade through. I had the great privilege of playing him twice: first time, he took it lightly and I won, don't ask me how. In the return, I lasted 16 moves...don't ask.
Sep-26-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Malcolm Pein on the sad news of the death of John Littlewood: http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/mal...
Mar-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Probably his most famous game is this loss: J Littlewood vs Botvinnik, 1962

Littlewood unleashed one of his brilliant attacks, and seemingly had the win in his grasp. But Botvinnik saved himself by a tiny finesse, later admitting he was only 50% sure at the time that he would survive.

Mar-05-11  Lennonfan: Just been through some of this mans games,excellent tactical nous,apparently a gentleman also,and very sad to hear he's passed on..i hadn't even heard of him till today,but may he rest in peace....
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