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David Brine Pritchard
Number of games in database: 70
Years covered: 1959 to 1978

Overall record: +21 -34 =15 (40.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English (4) 
    A15 A10
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A56 A69 A62 A65 A77
 French Defense (4) 
    C17 C09 C08 C02
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   H Woolverton vs D B Pritchard, 1959 0-1
   Miles vs D B Pritchard, 1973 0-1
   D B Pritchard vs M J Freeman, 1978 1-0

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(born Oct-19-1919, died Dec-12-2005, 86 years old) United Kingdom

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David Pritchard was a popular writer about chess and other indoor games. His best known work was <The Encyclopedia of Chess Variants>, which described over 1400 alternative forms of chess; he also wrote <Popular Chess Variants>, which described 20 variants in more detail. He was married to Elaine Saunders Pritchard.

Wikipedia article: David Pritchard (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-12-13 08:14:55

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 70  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Woolverton vs D B Pritchard 0-1201959LondonD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
2. F Parr vs D B Pritchard  0-1281959BCF-ch 46thA56 Benoni Defense
3. D B Pritchard vs J Littlewood  ½-½501959BCF-ch 46thA05 Reti Opening
4. Golombek vs D B Pritchard  1-0361959BCF-ch 46thA17 English
5. D B Pritchard vs J W Naylor  1-0401959BCF-ch 46thC26 Vienna
6. C H Alexander vs D B Pritchard  1-0361959BCF-ch 46thC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. D B Pritchard vs B Cafferty  ½-½431959BCF-ch 46thA04 Reti Opening
8. E G Sergeant vs D B Pritchard  1-0371959BCF-ch 46thB06 Robatsch
9. J H Beaty vs D B Pritchard  0-1561959BCF-ch 46thA05 Reti Opening
10. D B Pritchard vs N L Freeman 1-0431959BCF-ch 46thA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Aitken vs D B Pritchard  1-0331959BCF-ch 46thC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. D B Pritchard vs K Lloyd  1-0501959BCF-ch 46thA15 English
13. Keene vs D B Pritchard 1-0371965County match Surrey-Midd'xA07 King's Indian Attack
14. D B Pritchard vs J L Seppings  1-0311967BCF-chA05 Reti Opening
15. G Bonner vs D B Pritchard  ½-½371967BCF-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. D B Pritchard vs M H Horton  1-0271967BCF-chA07 King's Indian Attack
17. J Penrose vs D B Pritchard 1-0331967BCF-chC08 French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed
18. D B Pritchard vs P Clarke  ½-½571967BCF-chC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
19. M Macdonald-Ross vs D B Pritchard  1-0411967BCF-chA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
20. D B Pritchard vs O M Hindle  0-1361967BCF-chE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
21. Roy Thomas vs D B Pritchard  ½-½371967BCF-chB08 Pirc, Classical
22. D B Pritchard vs A Davie  0-1491967BCF-chA07 King's Indian Attack
23. J B Hawson vs D B Pritchard  0-1321967BCF-chA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
24. D B Pritchard vs S Webb  1-0271967BCF-chB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. Huebner vs D B Pritchard  1-0621969CastlebarE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
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Aug-14-04  mack: I simply have to post the following "Aide Memoir" which appears in the earlier versions of Pritchard's Right Way to Play Chess. It is intended to help one remember the moves of the various men, but in actual fact confuses things to the nth degree:

The KING may move a single square in any free direction;

Should he succumb the game is lost, so play with circumspection!

To crossword clues a ROOK may take - it moves across and down;

If lines are clear he changes gear and really goes to town.

The BISHOP travels cornerwise if ways are unrestricted,

His diocese but half the board - the rest is interdicted.

The QUEEN may radiate at will if she is not obstructed;

Like rook or bishop, as required, her journeys are conducted.

The KNIGHT, a problem child, extends (according to decree)

To the diametric corner of a figure two by three.

The PAWN moves only forward, and but a single square;

Is promoted on the eighth rank (assume it reaches there).

Initially, however, its functions to enhance,

The pawn retains the option of a double-square advance. ----

There, much clearer.

Oct-18-04  uzeromay: He needs to devote yet another couple of lines to describing the "en passant" rule and at least four lines to describe castling kingside or queenside. Maybe a clever rhymester can do this.
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  tpstar: If your mighty PAWN bravely gains the fifth rank strongly/Yet an opposing PAWN passes by, doubly advancing wrongly/Your next move may remove that Pawn, acting nonchalant/By capturing diagonally, as is termed en passant
Oct-20-04  mack: YES! Finally this fine "aide memoir" gets the attention it deserves. Very nice addition then <tpstar>. My favourite one must by the knight I think...
Aug-02-05  Anatooly Homedepotov: David Brine Pritchard, former editor of Games and Puzzles magazine for 10 years and former games director of the Mind Sports Olympiad and president of the British Chess Variants Society. He lives in England with his wife Elaine, an "international chessmaster." Not sure of her exact title.
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  nasmichael: Pritchard recently passed on from this world (early 2006) and he will be missed. He was president of the British Chess Variants Society and the magazine continues.... There was some intent to do a second Encyclopedia of Chess Variants; I hope it is still released to the public.
Jul-19-06  biglo: According to the FIDE list Elaine Pritchard is a WIM
Mar-20-07  wolfmaster: Pretty creative,tpstar.

A special move with the king and rook is commonplace now, This rhyme will show you how.
The king moves two, the rook three, on the shorter side, the other option is a step longer ride.
Also no piece may intervene,
the rook and king, their path between.
Neither piece may have moved forward,
also moving the king would not have him gored.
If all these conditions have been met,
castle your king into a safety net.

Stretching it a bit, but it was the best I could come up with.

Mar-20-07  wolfmaster: Tell me what you think of this rhyme. I'd like to hear feedback.
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  tpstar: You should learn how to CASTLE else you might remain a dunce

It's the only time in CHESS when two pieces move at once

But castling your King means your Kingdom is in clover

Just shuffle Him two squares, then you move that Rook 'round over

There are some CASTLING rules for which to learn it would behoove

For one may castle neither side if either piece has moved

Don't castle across CHECK lest your King be torn asunder

And trying to castle out of CHECK would be a social blunder

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  wordfunph: "I once carried out a private survey at a well-known chess restaurant where a large number of 'friendly games' are always in progress. In less than thirty percent of those observed was resignation made with a good grace. In two-thirds of the games the loser either knocked his king over, abruptly pushed the pieces into the centre of the board, started to set up the men for a fresh game, or got up and walked away without saying a word to his opponent. There is absolutely no excuse for this behaviour so long as chess remains a game." David Brine Pritchard

(source: The Right Way to Play Chess)

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  HeMateMe: Chess players are different. I once saw two people engrossed in a game, in the park. I walked over to get a better look, and I noticed the board was set up wrong; white didn't have a light square for h1. I mentioned this; and they both were annoyed.

I guess chess is chess, without too much regard for specifics. I didn't say anything about their using Capablanca's 'submarine' piece.

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  wordfunph: <HeMateMe> who couldn't forget your post..

<I can see the title of the next book: "How I Became a Grandmaster at Age Three".>


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  Once: I had the privilege of playing against David a few times. He used to play for my little club Godalming (a town in Surrey). He was without a doubt one of the kindliest, friendliest and most good humoured of all chess players.

And even in his 80s he was a formidable opponent. I think I only beat him once but lost several times. Every year, around Christmas, he and his wife Elaine would organise a five minute blitz tournament at their bungalow. And on only one occasion, in between the mince pies, I managed to swindle a win.

He was as gracious in defeat as he was in victory. We then set the pieces up again and he whipped me hollow.

When old age addles my brain and dims my sight, these are among the memories that I want to lose last of all.

Jul-20-10  zb2cr: Hi <Once>,

"And men will tell their grandchildren, though all other memory fade, how they one time won against a member of the Master's Brigade."

Aug-13-10  Cibator: He made some fine contributions too in the field of chess-related humour. "A Match at the Club", a broadcast piece from around 1963, is an all-time classic.
Oct-19-10  rapidcitychess: Has this guy ever just pritched a pawn?


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  GrahamClayton: An excellent obituary can be found here:

Oct-19-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest In Peace Sir David Brine Pritchard.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: David Brine Pritchard.
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  zanzibar: He also wrote an introductory book on go:

<go: A Guide to the Game>

D.B. Pritchard (c) 1973
Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0-8117-0740-7

Sep-01-15  richieew: Hi,

I'm reading Pritchard's classic "The Right Way to Play Chess" and in the chapter 'The End Game'; 'Examples from Play: 2. Bishop and Pawns, line (D) for black, where the move '1' is black bishop to f8 (page 177 in the 2008, Constable and Robinson edition I have a query. Pritchard claims that the position after white's fifth move ensures a white victory however I contest this.

The problem I have is that since it is black to move, what's to stop 5. ...gxh2? This forces white into either a checking move (to stop black queening on a square of an opposite colour to the bishop) or 6. Bxh2. If the white player checks with the bishop, he moves the bishop off the crucial diagonal, so once the black king moves out of check, there is no white piece to take on h2 so the black pawn queens next move. Therefore the white player is forced to take the pawn: 6. Bxh2. Now, the black player can simply play 6. ...a6 threatening to take at b5, this is the critical thing, as it would leave white with only an a-pawn, therefore draw.

To stop black's next move 7. ...axb5, which would guarantee black at least a draw, the white player can play 7. bxa6, but this is no good because it leaves white doubled pawns on the a-file therefore still, draw. So white has to play a checking move, if he uses the pawn on a5 (playing 7. a6+ Kxb6 leaving white with only an a-pawn, so he must use the bishop (playing 7. g1+), black moves out of check onto the white squares (7. ...Kb7).

Now there is only one way of preventing black playing ... axb5, which is to play 8. b6 giving white a passed pawn, but since it is relying on the bishop for protection, which also needs to cover the h2 square to prevent queening, white cannot win. The black player simply plays 8. ...h2, demanding 9. Bxh2, pulling the bishop off the diagonal so the pawn can be taken by the king. This leaves white with king, a bishop and an a-pawn, against king; but the king can reach the promotion square (an opposite coloured square to the remaining bishop) therefore draw*. If the white player refuses 9. Bxh2, black queens. I can't see how Pritchard's claim that '5. Bxf4 and white wins easily by forcing home a queen's-side pawn' is true. To me it looks like this is a draw.

This book is a classic, so surely I must be wrong in thinking there is a mistake here. Can someone please enlighten me as to the correct line for white? The positions of the pieces on the board after white's move '5' (in the text as '5. Bxf4') is the following: White - king on b3; pawns on a4, b5 and h2; bishop on f4. Black - king on b6; pawns on a7, g3 and h3.

If you can help me with this, I would be really grateful. Thanks - Rich

* is there some way of getting the king out of the corner with this configuration of pieces?? I can't see how.

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  yiotta: <richieew>7.Kb4 is sufficient to win, eg. 7...axb 8.axb Kb7 9.Kc5 and Black can't take the opposition because of the White bishop; this will be true in all variations, try it yourself.
Mar-22-16  BIDMONFA: David Brine Pritchard


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  GrahamClayton: Pritchard was also the author of "Begin Chess", a guide for beginners. The book had an interesting layout. There are individual chapters, but each paragraph from the first in chapter 1 is numbered sequentially to the end of the book. Pritchard served with the RAF, and in the early 1950's was transferred to Singapore, where he and his wife Elaine quickly established themselves as the club's strongest players.
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