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Anthony Miles
Number of games in database: 2,449
Years covered: 1967 to 2001
Highest rating achieved in database: 2669
Overall record: +1047 -455 =898 (62.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      49 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (146) 
    D00 A46 A45 D02 A40
 English (103) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A19
 Queen's Indian (101) 
    E12 E17 E15 E13 E19
 King's Indian (92) 
    E97 E94 E92 E98 E70
 Reti System (82) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Queen's Gambit Declined (75) 
    D37 D31 D30 D35 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (199) 
    B77 B42 B76 B22 B43
 Queen's Pawn Game (141) 
    A41 A46 A40 E00 D02
 Uncommon Opening (121) 
    B00 A00
 Caro-Kann (100) 
    B10 B19 B14 B18 B12
 English (90) 
    A10 A15 A14 A13 A17
 Queen's Indian (82) 
    E12 E15 E14 E13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Miles, 1980 0-1
   S Atalik vs Miles, 1993 0-1
   Miles vs Spassky, 1978 1-0
   Miles vs Browne, 1982 1-0
   E Dizdarevic vs Miles, 1985 0-1
   S Bouaziz vs Miles, 1979 0-1
   Miles vs Beliavsky, 1986 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1980 0-1
   Adams vs Miles, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Miles vs C W Pritchett, 1982 1-0

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

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
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   99_Bad Lauterberg 1977 by whiteshark
   Amsterdam IBM 1976 by suenteus po 147
   Tilburg Interpolis 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 1992 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Niksic 1983 by suenteus po 147
   Biel 1990 by suenteus po 147
   Tilburg Interpolis 1986 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1984 by suenteus po 147

   Karpov vs Miles, 1980

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

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Anthony "Tony" John Miles was born in Birmingham on April 23, 1955. He learned chess at an early age, and in 1974 he achieved his first major international success with victory at the World Junior Championship by a 1.5-point margin. Two years later he became Britain's first FIDE chess grandmaster. In the years to come, he won several top-level tournaments, including the 1982 British championship and Tilburg 1984.

On November 12, 2001, Miles, a diabetic, suffered heart failure and died at his home in Birmingham. He was 46 years old.

Eulogy by <This Week in Chess>:

Wikipedia article: Tony Miles

 page 1 of 98; games 1-25 of 2,449  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P S Farelly vs Miles 0-133 1967 BCF-ch U14C34 King's Gambit Accepted
2. I McNab vs Miles 0-122 1967 BCF-ch U14A00 Uncommon Opening
3. Miles vs Bissicks  1-026 1967 Schools CompetitionB72 Sicilian, Dragon
4. R W Hawley vs Miles  ½-½30 1969 BCF-ch U18A00 Uncommon Opening
5. Miles vs J R Dennis 1-023 1969 BCF-ch U18C55 Two Knights Defense
6. Miles vs A Butcher  0-129 1969 Staffordshire opB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
7. Miles vs Nunn 1-020 1969 British U-18 chC55 Two Knights Defense
8. R Bellin vs Miles  1-055 1970 Islington Junior AC42 Petrov Defense
9. Miles vs J Hanau  1-032 1970 Glorney CupC45 Scotch Game
10. R W L Moberly vs Miles  1-034 1970 Islington Junior AC25 Vienna
11. Miles vs Speelman 0-129 1970 IslingtonB32 Sicilian
12. Miles vs S Mariotti  0-136 1970 Islington Junior AB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
13. Miles vs R R Smith 1-026 1970 Islington Junior AB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. Miles vs Nunn 0-149 1970 Islington Junior AC21 Center Game
15. R O'Kelly vs Miles  ½-½40 1970 Islington Junior AD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. D J Findlay vs Miles 0-156 1970 Glorney CupC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
17. Miles vs M Stean 1-053 1970 Islington Junior AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. D Bray vs Miles 0-135 1970 Bearsden, GlasgowA04 Reti Opening
19. Miles vs F O'Donohoe  1-042 1970 Glorney CupC44 King's Pawn Game
20. R J M Farley vs Miles  0-151 1971 Staffordshire opB02 Alekhine's Defense
21. Miles vs D W Anderton  0-142 1971 Staffordshire opA07 King's Indian Attack
22. E Goodwin vs Miles 0-126 1971 Staffordshire opA56 Benoni Defense
23. Miles vs P Szekely  1-039 1971 Nice Jr chB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
24. Miles vs J J Carleton  1-033 1971 Staffordshire opC02 French, Advance
25. J Fellows vs Miles  0-133 1971 Staffordshire opA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 98; games 1-25 of 2,449  PGN Download
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  offramp: Sam was probably fighting someone else at the time.
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  Benzol: His opinion of the 9th World Champion can be seen here:

There is the old saying "Man who go too quickly may step in bear trap".

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  offramp: It is very true that one only has one chance to make a first impression.
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  Benzol: I understand he made some comments about a French team too but I've never seen those. Can't say that my first impression of him was very impressive.

Short vs P Morten, 2005

Oct-11-13  RedShield: Do we have details - I'll pass on the photos - of Miles's streaking in China?
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  perfidious: <Paul>: Things went rather differently in my case, as a friend and I met Nigel at the New York leg of the Grand Prix in June 1994.

Don't recall particulars of the conversation, but Nigel had his young son with him and we adults had a pleasant chat.

That was a high-powered lot that day-Korchnoi was floating about, along with semi-finalists Kasparov, Nikolic, Kramnik and Ivanchuk. There were other strong GMs there as well (and more to come when I drove to Philadelphia next day for the end phase of the World Open).

Oct-31-13  Penguincw: K Quote of the Day K

< "I thought I would be playing the world champion, not a monster with a thousand eyes who sees everything." >

-Tony Miles [on Kasparov]

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  Karpova: <Why, at the 1985 Interzonal in Tunisia, recognizing a poor chess players down on his luck he offered to give me almost £600. ‘For what?’ you sceptics are asking. For nothing. For doing, and more specifically saying, absolutely nothing.>

Source: Anthony Miles, 'Generous to a Fault', Kingpin 15, Summer 1989; online

Jan-18-14  RedShield: <Who was the offending American 'reporter' that Miles punched to the ground, as mentioned in the obituary by Short? Not Sam Sloan, I hope.>

Apparently, it was Sam Sloan. Good old Tone!

Jan-18-14  RedShield: <Miles' psychiatric problem was important if for no other reason that it seriously blighted his chess career. Why, for instance, was he originally selected and then deselected at the last moment for the Yerevan Olympiad in 1996? After removing all his clothes during a tournament in China, a few days prior to the team event - incidentally one of two occasions when Miles did that in the Orient - the selectors obviously doubted his sanity. Two doctors were required to be sent from the UK, at great expense, to bring him home safely and sedated. On the subject of breakdowns I might add that Miles was also arrested driving his car naked in Andorra and was infamously arrested in Downing Street whilst trying to inform Margaret Thatcher of an imagined murder plot hatched by Raymond Keene. This is merely the tip of the iceberg as far as his aberrant behaviour is concerned.


If one wants proof of his jealousy one need look no further than It's Only Me. I am repeatedly referred to there either as "Gump" (the immensely stupid character portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie) or as Nosher, as in Nosher L. Git. ("git", according my Chambers dictionary, means either "fool" or "bastard"). His annotations to our game from the 1998 British Championship are a good example of his highly obnoxious and offensive style. Tony was also seen at one British Championship tearing down BCF posters with my image. He even was known to refer to me in conversation as Nigel @#$%.>

Jan-18-14  RedShield: <His annotations to our game from the 1998 British Championship are a good example of his highly obnoxious and offensive style.>

This game - a rare win for Miles - is missing from our DB, but not for long. Anyone know where he annotated it?

Jan-28-14  MarkFinan: I don't know what's funnier.. Miles on his way to Downing St to inform Thatcher of a plot to kill her hatched by Ray Keene, Nigel Short looking up the word "git" in the dictionary, or Miles asking for AJ Goldsby everytime he stayed in a hotel, haha. I like this guy, lol 😄
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  john barleycorn: Tony Miles would ask "Has this guy lost his marbles?"
Jan-28-14  MarkFinan: To which I would reply, "Yesssssireee has!" LOL.

On topic and exceptionally funny

<LIFE Master AJ: <weary> It says in your profile, that you went to school with GM Anthony Miles. I got to know Tony personally.

As you know, at one time, Miles "defected" to the USA, he even played in a few U.S. Champ. tournaments.

Anyway, during his stay in the U.S., he sometimes would play in a long string of chess tournaments ... just about every weekend.

I used to have a job as a salesman. (Several different times, selling different things ... like electronics, software, etc.) One night, I had a nice hotel room. (My boss paid for it.) I had a very good week selling, my reward was the big guy sprang for the whole hotel bill, basically I got to stay and play in a tournament that weekend. I was in a suite, and really enjoying myself.

Anyway, it was a Friday night. I had played in a blitz tournament, done well. (Like tied for third.) I had won a little money, so I went out to a nice restaurant and got something to eat. There was a knock at my door. One of the main organizers wanted to know - since the hotel was pretty much full - if I would share my room with someone. At first, I said "NO WAY!!!" (I was enjoying having the big suite all to myself.) Anyway, the TD/Organizer says:

#1.) Your room-mate would be GM Tony Miles, if you would accept him. He might even give you a few free lessons - if you ask nice.

#2.) You set all the rules, like no smoking and such. They promised that he would not be any trouble. (I told them if he really annoyed me, I was going to kick him out.)

#3.) The organizer would kick in a few bucks to make it worth my while. (They did. They gave me some money before GM Miles got there, and later, they gave me some more.) All told, I think I got close to $100.00 for letting a GM stay in my room ... a pretty sweet deal for ANY chess fan!

Eventually, I said yes. It turned out that Tony was actually a nice guy. He looked at all of my games and gave me LOTS of advice. Thereafter, if I was staying at a place, (for a chess tournament - natch); Tony would actually ask for me.

It was real obvious he wasn't happy, however. (I used to think that - if I had the GM title - this would make me supremely happy ... I have learned a lot since those very naïve days.) One night, he got pretty drunk. Then he started crying and told me how much he missed his wife and kid(s).

In the end, I felt sorry for him. Although he was a wonderful chess player, it was also obvious he was a long way from being truly happy. And after just a few years in the good ole USA, he would up returning to England.>>

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  john barleycorn: which year, which city, which hotel, which tournament?
Jan-28-14  MarkFinan: You do realise that this is the reason we're the only "pair of weirdos" on his list of doom? Sarcastic people armed with difficult questions are Goldfingers worst nightmare, haha. I have so many questions I'd love to ask him! 😄
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  john barleycorn: <Mark> you know evolution has not been fair to him. while man's brain size tripled during the process his one did not.
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  john barleycorn: <Mark>wouldn't it be great to have a webpage and videos on Miles games by someone who knew Miles personally? to memorialize this original player?
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  TheFocus: Maybe even post a couple of pictures taken while they tossed back a few brew at the bar in the hotel where they were playing?

Maybe they sang karaoke together? Or played some darts?

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  Caissanist: There are always itinerant GMs out there who live out of a suitcase and are struggling financially. I would imagine that at least some of them would be happy to spend time talking chess with you or me or that fella behind the tree, in return for some meals and drinks and maybe a place to spend the night.
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  john barleycorn: <Caissanist> here in western europe the siuation got worse since the borders got more permeable in the 90's.
Jan-29-14  RedShield: That's right. Post-Fischer, from the mid 70s to the early 90s, Western GMs or even IMs could earn a decent living just from playing tournaments in Europe. Look at Ray Keene's schedule:

<-i played a lot of events abroad in 1975 orense torremolinos mannheim dortmund zurich barcelona algarve alicante teesside hastings and maybe others too !>

Then came the fall of the Iron Curtain and a flood of East European players forcing down the cost of labour. A chess magazine of the time related the joke that the Communists were the biggest capitalists of all. At tournaments, they'd try and make extra money by hawking around chess clocks, sets, etc. that they'd hauled over from home.

Feb-06-14  MarkFinan: <Maybe they sang karaoke together? Or played some darts?>

I can picture that karaoke now, haha.

'LIFE Master and servant' by the pet shop boys, loool 😃😃

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  suenteus po 147: I guess it's been visible in the notable collections for a while, but it's actually done, despite a note I had left derelict: Game Collection: Tony Miles: 'It's Only Me,' by Geoff Lawton
Sep-01-14  The Last Straw: FID is recycling ID numbers. An 1869-rated guy called Andrew F Footner has his old FIDE ID number.


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