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Richard G Eales
Number of games in database: 23
Years covered: 1967 to 1973
Last FIDE rating: 2360
Overall record: +5 -7 =11 (45.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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FIDE Master Richard Geoffrey Eales is the brother-in-law of Raymond Keene. A noted chess historian, he wrote Chess: The History of a Game (1985, reprinted 2002, 240 pages), Cambridge Chess from the 1870s to the 1970s: A History of Britain's Most Successful Chess Club (1978, reprinted in 2003, 90 pages) and co-authored Alekhine's Defence (1973, 144 pages) together with many times champion of Wales Arthur Howard Williams. He shared second prize in the 1970 British Championship together with six other players ( behind Robert Wade, and represented Cambridge University in victorious matches against Oxford, as well as being part of the team which won the UK National Championship for clubs and counties on numerous occasions in the 1960s and 1970s. He has represented the British Chess Federation in student olympiads and international competition.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R G Eales vs J Littlewood  1-0231967Chester vs LiverpoolB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
2. Keene vs R G Eales 1-0431968Cambs Univ leagueA80 Dutch
3. R G Eales vs Ljubojevic  0-1411969European Junior ChA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
4. R G Eales vs Keene 0-1301969Cambridge Univ college matchB07 Pirc
5. A Davie vs R G Eales  0-1331970BCF-chB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. R G Eales vs M Fuller  1-0381970BCF-chA56 Benoni Defense
7. A H Williams vs R G Eales  ½-½151970BCF-chB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. R G Eales vs G Botterill  ½-½621970BCF-chE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Keene vs R G Eales ½-½261970BCF-chA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
10. R G Eales vs J Littlewood  1-0471970BCF-chD80 Grunfeld
11. Wade vs R G Eales  ½-½181970BCF-chC28 Vienna Game
12. Hartston vs R G Eales  1-0551970BCF-chA35 English, Symmetrical
13. R G Eales vs D B Pritchard  ½-½441970BCF-chA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
14. R G Eales vs P N Wallis  1-0411970BCF-chE17 Queen's Indian
15. V W Knox vs R G Eales  ½-½201970BCF-chB02 Alekhine's Defense
16. Keene vs R G Eales  1-0281970College match, CambridgeA16 English
17. B Cafferty vs R G Eales  ½-½351971Cambridge BD80 Grunfeld
18. R G Eales vs A H Williams  ½-½221971Cambridge BB89 Sicilian
19. R Bellin vs R G Eales  ½-½261971Cambridge BB02 Alekhine's Defense
20. Keene vs R G Eales 1-0271971?D80 Grunfeld
21. R G Eales vs Balashov  ½-½171972W-ch Student Team Final-AB58 Sicilian
22. Suba vs R G Eales  1-0381972W-ch Student Team Final-AA28 English
23. R G Eales vs Keene  ½-½61973BCF-chC01 French, Exchange
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Mar-09-05  PaulKeres: Is this the Richard Eales that wrote the chess book about the History of Chess, and is a History lecturer at Kent University?
Mar-09-05  PaulKeres: The book he wrote, I believe, is...
<Chess: the history of a game, Hardinge Simpole, 2002 (replaces earlier edition, Batsford, 1985).>
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  ray keene: yes-he has now retired-his other main book is the history of cambrdige chess
Mar-09-05  PaulKeres: Thanks Ray for clearing that up.
I'm actually a PhD student at the University of Kent at the moment, but in Maths and not history. So he has retired as a history lecturer? He actually goes to the same chess club as me, and I have had the honour to play (and get soundly beaten by) him a few times. However, he never comes to the chess club as such, but only to graded games. However I did notice, he has not been playing in even the graded games so much recently.
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  ray keene: richard eales is in my opinion the worlds leading chess historian based both on his professional academic qualifications and the research for his history of chess which remains the gold standard for ches history- unrivalled as a global sweep through the intellectual and social history of the game-richard came 2nd= i believe in the 1970 british championship, he has a fide master master title, has represented england in international matches, can count alexander beiavsky as a victim and will i hope soon contribute further material to this site.
Jun-05-11  Gallicrow: Eales's brother-in-law used to be a pretty good player as well.
Oct-09-14  Karpova: Richard Eales is married to Officer of the Companionate of the White Swan Raymond Keene 's sister Jacqueline.
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  MissScarlett: Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau;
Mock on, mock on; 'tis all in vain!
You throw the sand against the wind,
And the wind blows it back again.
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  MissScarlett: First, Hartston (Gogglebox), then Pein (The Apprentice), now Eales, billed as a mediaeval historian, turns up on <Walking Through History> riffing on King John and the Magna Carta.
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