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Anthony Miles
Miles 
 
Number of games in database: 2,427
Years covered: 1967 to 2001
Highest rating achieved in database: 2669

Overall record: +1040 -448 =889 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 50 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (144) 
    D00 A46 A45 D02 A40
 English (104) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A19
 Queen's Indian (99) 
    E12 E17 E13 E19 E15
 King's Indian (91) 
    E97 E94 E92 E98 E91
 Reti System (82) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Queen's Gambit Declined (75) 
    D37 D31 D30 D35 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (197) 
    B77 B42 B76 B43 B22
 Queen's Pawn Game (141) 
    A41 A46 A40 E00 E10
 Uncommon Opening (119) 
    B00 A00
 Caro-Kann (99) 
    B10 B19 B14 B18 B12
 English (90) 
    A10 A15 A14 A13 A16
 Queen's Indian (82) 
    E12 E15 E14 E13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Miles, 1980 0-1
   Miles vs Spassky, 1978 1-0
   S Atalik vs Miles, 1993 0-1
   Miles vs Browne, 1982 1-0
   E Dizdarevic vs Miles, 1985 0-1
   Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1980 0-1
   Miles vs Beliavsky, 1986 1-0
   Adams vs Miles, 1993 1/2-1/2
   S Bouaziz vs Miles, 1979 0-1
   Miles vs C W Pritchett, 1982 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London (1975)
   Tilburg Interpolis (1977)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Netway Masters (1992)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979)
   British Championship (1975)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   Niksic (1983)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1982)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tony Miles: 'It's Only Me,' by Geoff Lawton by suenteus po 147
   Las Palmas 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1974/75 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1976 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Niksic 1983 by Tabanus
   Biel 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 1990 by suenteus po 147
   Tilburg Interpolis 1985 by Tabanus
   Tilburg Interpolis 1986 by suenteus po 147
   Niksic 1983 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 1992 by suenteus po 147

GAMES ANNOTATED BY MILES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Miles, 1980

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ANTHONY MILES
(born Apr-23-1955, died Nov-12-2001, 46 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
Anthony "Tony" Miles was born in Birmingham, England. At the age of five, Miles was taught chess by his father.(1) He was educated at King Edward's school in Birmingham, and went on to study Mathematics at Sheffield University, declining an offered place at Oxford.(1) He never finished his university education, opting to become a professional chess player instead.(1)

Early Chess Career

In 1968, Miles won the British U-14 Championship,(2) and the British U-21 Championship in 1971.(3) He debuted in the British Championships (1972), scoring 50%.(3) The next year, Miles went on to share 4th at Lone Pine (1973), won the Silver medal at the Junior World Championship in Teesside (1973) and beat the tournament winner Alexander Beliavsky in their individual encounter, Beliavsky vs Miles, 1973. (2) He also won the Birmingham (1973) International tournament ahead of Andras Adorjan and Arthur Bisguier and lost not a single game in 11 rounds.(1)(3) Miles won the Gold medal at the World Junior Championship in Manila (1974) with a 1.5 point margin, securing the IM title with this win A Kochyev vs Miles, 1974. (3) He shared second place at British Championship (1975).

Britain's First Chess Grandmaster

Miles achieved his first GM norm by winning London (1975), (3) and later became Britain's first home-grown over-the-board Chess Grandmaster,(4) after finishing third with 9.0/15 at Dubna (1976) in February.(3) Miles received a £5,000 award from James Slater for this feat.(1),(2),(3)

One of the World's Best Chessplayers

His first great tournament win was Amsterdam (1976), where he shared first place with Viktor Korchnoi. (2),(3) He shared 2nd place at Lone Pine (1976), and won Amsterdam (1977) and Biel (1977).(3) Miles came in 2nd at Tilburg Interpolis (1977), shared 4th at Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979), shared 2nd at Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979) and 2nd at Lone Pine (1980). In 1980, the European Team Championship in Skara, Sweden saw England paired against the USSR.(2) Most crucial for England's 4.0-4.0 draw in the match, was Miles' spectacular win over the World Champion, Karpov vs Miles, 1980, replying to 1.e4 with 1...a6.(2) Miles also had good results at Las Palmas (1980), sharing 1st with Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian and Efim Geller, and scored +4 -1 =6 at Vrbas (1980), ahead of Petrosian.(3) He finished Baden-Baden (1981) unbeaten and equal 1st together with Zoltan Ribli, ahead of Korchnoi.(3) Miles won his first and only British Championship title in Torquay, in 1982.(3). He shared 1st with John Nunn at Biel (1983),(3). In 1984, he finshied 2nd behind Karpov at Oslo (1984),(3) before winning Tilburg (1984) by 1.5 points, which was called his "best result" by Barden.(2). In addition, he scored +1 -0 =3 at USSR vs. Rest of the World (1984). A remarkable event was his 22-board Blindfold Simul in Roetgen, Germany on 20 May 1984.(5) Miles scored +10 -2 =10 during the 11.5 hours lasting Simul, while in a sound proofed booth and without access to score sheets.(5) At Tilburg (1985), Miles shared 1st with Robert Huebner and Korchnoi, beating the latter in both games, Korchnoi vs Miles, 1985 and Miles vs Korchnoi, 1985. (3) After a bad start, Miles injured his back and started a winning streak when playing on a hospital massage table.(2) In 1986, Miles came in shared 2nd at Dortmund (1986),(3) but lost a match in Basel against Garry Kasparov by the score of +0 -5 =1, remarking afterwards: "I thought that he was 'only' the World Champion. When I came to Basel, I met some kind of monster with one hundred eyes, which do not miss anything at all."(6)

Despite his many excellent results, Miles never became a World Champion candidate, although he participated in four Inter-zonals.(3) Leonard William Barden explained: "The problem was that he globetrotted too much, travelling from one tournament to another with hardly a break, leaving insufficient time for preparation and rest."(2)

Later Chess Career

A new generation of British chessplayers, among them Nigel Short began to overtake him.(2) Short had already reached a higher rating than Miles, yet only played on board 3 at the Dubai Olympiad (1986), where England won the Silver medal.(7) Short explained in his obituary for Miles: "I obtained a measure of revenge not only by eclipsing Tony in terms of chess performance but also by sleeping with his girlfriend, which was definitely satisfying but perhaps not entirely gentlemanly."(8) Later, Short explained: "Tony was insanely jealous of my success, and his inability to accept that he was no longer Britain’s number one was an indication of, if not a trigger for, his descent into madness. His first psychiatric internment came in 1987, and he was in and (usually) out of institutions for the remainder of his days. Thankfully, there was much more to him than that."(9)

The year 1987 became most crucial for Miles' career and life, when he made public what had happened 2 years before, at the Inter-zonal in Tunisia (1985). Back then, Raymond Keene had approached Miles and wanted to become his second. It was known that Miles didn't want a second and he declined again, so Keene offered him the opportunity to make money. English chess supporters had established a fund to finance the expenses and fees of seconds for those English chessplayers, who had reached the Inter-zonals. All Miles had to do, was to claim that Keene had been his second, and then Keene would split the profits with him. Miles said that he should go ahead, and if he was asked about it, wouldn't contradict Keene, but answer that seconds were underpaid. Since Keene didn't act as his second, Miles forgot about the issue. At the British Championship in Edinburgh, three months later, Keene handed Miles a cheque for £589. Miles photo-copied the cheque and two years later, after failed private investigations, he confronted David W Anderton who said that Keene had acted as Miles' second and had been paid as such. Miles explained to him what had happened and handed him a cheque for £589 in favour of Keene, in case Keene returned the whole money to the British Chess Federation (BCF). After a preliminary inquiry by David Jarrett and Mohammed Amin, the BCF decided to hold a formal inquiry into the accusations in October 1987. Obsessed with bringing Keene to justice, Miles became more and more irrational and when the inquiry was postponed due to the death of Keene's wife's grandmother, Miles believed that he had caused her death. Miles was arrested in Downing Street when trying to talk to the Prime-Minister,(10) later writing: "Perhaps I should mention that I spent several months in hospital from the end of September 87 – a result of banging my head against a bureaucratic brick wall – and am especially ill-informed for that period."(11) Keene let the BCF know that he wouldn't attend the inquiry at the new or any future date and that he resigned from the BCF. In The Times, Keene said that his resignation had nothing to do with the accusations, but to establish the English Chess Association. While Miles underwent treatment in a mental hospital in Birmingham, the BCF dropped the inquiry. Keene said that he had been Miles' second, spending much time with him at Tunis. He also said that he expected to be Short's second, which was turned down. When Miles declined, Keene believed that offering him money would change his mind. According to Keene, Miles agreed by telephone. Larry Christiansen, also present at Tunis: “I don’t believe Ray was Tony’s second,” he says. “Tony spent most of his time with me and another American grandmaster. Ray seemed to spend his time politicking and sitting by the hotel pool with his wife.”(10)

In 1987, Miles also transferred allegiance to the USA, when he was no longer top board of the English Olympiad team and also settled in Germany.(2) Miles' chess suffered after the scandal, but when he moved back to Birmingham, his results improved again.(2) He scored 50% at Wijk aan Zee (1989) and 8.5/15 at the US Championships (1989).(3) He shared 3rd behind Karpov and Ulf Andersson at Biel (1990) and 3rd in Biel (1992) and played for England again.(3) Miles won the Capablanca Memorial four times, in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1999.(3) He had another great momemt at the PCA Intel Rapid Chess Grand Prix (1995) in London, where he knocked out Vladimir Kramnik in round 1, and was only stopped by Michael Adams in the semi-final.(3) Miles went on to participate in tournaments, but around 2001, his interest in chess waned: "I am playing more bridge than chess these days (bit bored!)."(12)

Chess Author

Miles wrote a chess column for the Sunday Telegraph, before he was fired by Dominic Lawson. (5) Miles wrote chess book reviews for Kingpin.(13) He also had a famous chess column, The Miles Report at Chess Café, after Edward Winter had suggested that to him in agreement with Hanon W Russell. (5) The column, which ran from July 1999 to October 2001, is still available online.(14)

Private Life

Miles was divorced twice. One of his wives was Jana Malypetrova Hartston Miles Bellin. He had no children.(2) Suffering from diabetes, Miles died of a heart failure in his sleep, in Harborne, Birmingham.(2),(3)

Theoretical Contributions

A line of the Queen's Indian Defence (E12, http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches..., 1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘f3 b6 4.♗f4) is called the Miles Variation.

Sources

(1) The Telegraph, 14 November 2001, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obi...

(2) Leonard William Barden, The Guardian, 14 November 2001, http://www.theguardian.com/news/200...

(3) Mark Crowther, The Week in Chess 367, 19 November 2001, http://www.theweekinchess.com/html/...

(4) Jacques Mieses (GM title in 1950) was a naturalized Brit originally from Germany. Keith Bevan Richardson held the Correspondence GM title.

(5) Edward Winter, Tony Miles (1955-2001), http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

(6) Interview with Heinz Weber, Basler Zeitung, 23 May 1986, p. 3. Reprinted in Edward Winter, Kasparov v Miles, Basle, 1986, http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/.... Translated by User: Karpova, original: "Ich glaubte, er sei 'bloss' der Weltmeister. Als ich dann nach Basel kam, traf ich eine Art Monster mit hundert Augen, denen auch nicht das Geringste entgeht."

(7) Wojciech Bartelski, OlimpBase :: the online encyclopaedia of international team chess events, http://www.olimpbase.org/1986/1986i... and http://www.olimpbase.org/1986/1986e...

(8) Nigel Short, Sunday Telegraph, 18 November 2001. Reproduced in Justin Horton, Ten years ago this week, 16 November 2011, http://streathambrixtonchess.blogsp...

(9) Nigel Short, The Sunday chess column, The Telegraph, 30 November 2003, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/...

(10) Nick Pitt, Sunday Times Colour Supplement, Keene's Gambit, 13 January 1991, pp. 16-26. Reproduced in http://streathambrixtonchess.blogsp.... Anthony Miles, Generous to a Fault, Kingpin, issue 15, Summer 1989. Published online on 10 November 2011, http://www.kingpinchess.net/2011/11...

(11) Anthony Miles in a letter to Edward Winter, 24 July 1989. Reprinted in Edward Winter, Tony Miles (1955-2001), http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

(12) Anthony Miles in an e-mail to Edward Winter, 10 January 2001. Reproduced in Edward Winter, Tony Miles (1955-2001), http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

(13) Review of Eric Schiller 's Unorthodox Chess Openings: http://www.kingpinchess.net/2009/02.... Review of Keene's and Michael Gelb's Samurai Chess: Mastering the Martial Art of the Mind: http://www.kingpinchess.net/2009/02....

(14) Zip-file for download, http://www.chesscafe.com/archives/p...


 page 1 of 98; games 1-25 of 2,427  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Miles vs Bissicks  1-0261967Schools CompetitionB72 Sicilian, Dragon
2. I McNab vs Miles 0-1221967BCF-ch U14A00 Uncommon Opening
3. P S Farelly vs Miles 0-1331967BCF-ch U14C34 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Miles vs J R Dennis 1-0231969BCF-ch U18C55 Two Knights Defense
5. Miles vs Nunn 1-0201969British U-18 chC55 Two Knights Defense
6. R W Hawley vs Miles  ½-½301969BCF-ch U18A00 Uncommon Opening
7. Miles vs A J Butcher  0-1291969Staffordshire opB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
8. Miles vs Speelman 0-1291970IslingtonB32 Sicilian
9. Miles vs F O'Donohoe  1-0421970Glorney CupC44 King's Pawn Game
10. D J Findlay vs Miles 0-1561970Glorney CupC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
11. D Bray vs Miles 0-1351970Glorney CupA04 Reti Opening
12. Miles vs Jean-Jacques Hanau  1-0321970Glorney CupC45 Scotch Game
13. Miles vs R R Smith 1-0261970Islington Junior AB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. R Bellin vs Miles  1-0551970Islington Junior AC42 Petrov Defense
15. Miles vs M Stean 1-0531970Islington Junior AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. R O'Kelly vs Miles  ½-½401970Islington Junior AD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. Miles vs Nunn 0-1491970Islington Junior AC21 Center Game
18. R W L Moberly vs Miles  1-0341970Islington Junior AC25 Vienna
19. Miles vs S Mariotti  0-1361970Islington Junior AB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
20. Speelman vs Miles  1-0201971British U21A23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
21. E Goodwin vs Miles 0-1261971Staffordshire opA56 Benoni Defense
22. Miles vs J J Carleton  1-0331971Staffordshire opC02 French, Advance
23. J Fellows vs Miles  0-1331971Staffordshire opA04 Reti Opening
24. Miles vs P Szekely  1-0391971Nice Jr chB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. R J M Farley vs Miles  0-1511971Staffordshire opB02 Alekhine's Defense
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May-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Well, time takes its toll on us all.

Plus, didn't Miles have diabetes? Weight gain is often associated with insulin treatment:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...

BTW <offramp>, I didn't realize you had such artistic talent.

May-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Zanzibar>, thanks! I try to draw as fast as possible. I did one drawing previously, a few minutes earlier, to get a feel of where things were, then the one I linked to, very fast. The drawing is a roughly A5-sized, on Ogami© repap®©™.
May-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: And finally... <offramp> may I have your permission to add your drawing of Tony to my blog post?
May-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <zanzibar: And finally... <offramp> may I have your permission to add your drawing of Tony to my blog post?> That would be fantastic! I would be honoured! Thanks!
May-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Thanks, done.

I added a couple of other items as well:

https://zanchess.wordpress.com/2015...

May-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: By the way, I found another picture of the young Miles, from his leonine/halcyon days:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia...

His were the eyes of a true killer glaring across the board.

May-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Perhaps the most important trait a player needs is a warped sense of humor> - Tony Miles.
Apr-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: He played 1. e4 a6 against a WC and won. I might admire that more than Fischer's winning streak.
Apr-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Anthony Miles.
Apr-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: I concur
May-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: Is Tony Miles the only GM to play a tournament game on his back ?
May-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <harrylime: Is Tony Miles the only GM to play a tournament game on his back ?> He laid on his belly.
May-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Miles is one of half a dozen Grandmasters who have over 1000 wins here at Chessgames.com.

If he had lived, how many would he have scored in the last 15 years?

He would have been 61 this year so he would still have been active.

Apr-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: hard to believe how Keene destroyed him in that one game. oh and happy birthday
Apr-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <offramp> Your drawing of GM Miles has expired per the URL. Can you update and re-activate? I'd love to see it. I dabble in sketching all types of subjects, boats, airplanes, frontal views of famous people, etc.

*****

Apr-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli:


click for larger view

S Bouaziz vs Miles, 1979

Black to play. It was a puzzle of the day in 2011! ("Very difficult.")

Apr-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <morfishine> see if you can see this recent one of Najdorf.

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.ne...

Apr-23-17  TaniaWinter: I remember hosting a few pints to England's first GM at the time of his passing. It's hard to believe it's been so long already. I'll drink a few more tonight.
Apr-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <offramp> Thank you sir, I can see this one clearly! Very nicely done, I love the overhead angle.

The effect of the over-sized hands and the quizzical look on Najdorf is striking!

Double exclaim !!

Again, thank you sir!

best always

morf

*****

Apr-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <offramp> - OK, I have to ask...

What's the significance of Najdorf having three fingers, while his opponent has four?

.

Apr-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Some additional refs on 3 vs 4-

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/...

http://www.straightdope.com/columns...

.

Apr-24-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Morfishine> & <Zanzibar> thank you both! Najdorf's left little finger is hidden behind his ring finger. If you look at his other little finger you'll see that it is pretty vestigial!

Have you seen which specific game he is playing? It's like that Christmas Quiz.

Apr-24-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <offramp> I replied elsewhere that I'm stumped.

Maybe I'll try again.

Else this thread might get xferred over to Stumpers.

Apr-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Zanzibar> it's Najdorf vs NN, 1942 (kibitz #46).
Apr-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Ah, not in <MillBase> apparently. I should have checked my local <CG> file.

I'll add a follow-up reply over on zanchess, that is, if you don't beat me to it.

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