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Murray Chandler
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,355
Years covered: 1973 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2518
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +566 -275 =497 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 17 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (246) 
    B22 B90 B44 B32 B33
 Ruy Lopez (100) 
    C84 C78 C80 C92 C91
 French Defense (96) 
    C11 C18 C19 C03 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (46) 
    C84 C92 C91 C86 C89
 Caro-Kann (44) 
    B17 B18 B12 B10 B15
 Sicilian Najdorf (37) 
    B90 B92 B94 B93 B99
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (184) 
    B33 B45 B90 B22 B52
 Queen's Indian (50) 
    E12 E15 E14 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (49) 
    A46 E00 A45 D05 A41
 Nimzo Indian (43) 
    E32 E52 E49 E46 E25
 Caro-Kann (39) 
    B18 B12 B13 B10 B17
 Tarrasch Defense (35) 
    D34 D32 D33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Chandler vs I Rogers, 1984 1-0
   Chandler vs A Fernandes, 2001 1-0
   Chandler vs O I Barkan, 1975 1-0
   A Kosten vs Chandler, 1991 0-1
   Chandler vs A J Mestel, 1981 1-0
   Chandler vs I Rogers, 1983 1/2-1/2
   D Coleman vs Chandler, 1977 0-1
   Chandler vs B Feustel, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Chandler vs Gulko, 1991 1-0
   Chandler vs Huebner, 1987 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Winstone Chess Challenge Match (1983)
   New Zealand Championship (2008)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   GLC Chess Challenge (1986)
   Plaza (1988)
   New Zealand Championship (1977)
   Linares (1988)
   1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Hastings 1981/82 (1981)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Queenstown Classic (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1984 Phillips & Drew GLC Kings Tt by Benzol
   GLC Chess Challenge 1986 by Tabanus
   1999 Bermuda Mermaid Beach club by gauer
   Linares 1988 by Tabanus
   Linares 1988 by suenteus po 147
   2005-6 Australian championship by gauer
   85th New Zealand Ch by Benzol
   Plaza International Chess Tt 1988 by Benzol

   Chandler vs Gregory Wilson (2013) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-04-1960, 60 years old) New Zealand

[what is this?]
Murray Graham Chandler was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He was awarded the IM title in 1977 and the GM title in 1982. He was joint New Zealand Champion in 1975-76 (shared with Lev Isaakovich Aptekar and Ortvin Sarapu) and joint Commonwealth Champion in 1984. His best tournament results were 2nds at London 1984, London 1986 and Amsterdam 1987 and he has played both for New Zealand (1976-1980) and England (1982-86) in the Olympiads. He edited Tournament Chess for a time from 1981 onwards and as well as writing he became the managing director of Gambit Publications.

He was the organizer and winner of a large tournament, the Queenstown Classic in New Zealand in January 2006 and this tournament also incorporated the 113th New Zealand Championship making Chandler the New Zealand Champion for the second time. He won his third New Zealand title at the 115th New Zealand Championship (2008) which was held in Auckland where he currently resides.

Wikipedia article: Murray Chandler

 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,355  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Van Der Werff vs Chandler  0-1291973Wellington Schoolpupils ChB01 Scandinavian
2. Chandler vs S Quah  ½-½181974Asian Teams TtB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. N Seki vs Chandler  0-1241974Asian Teams TtB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Chandler vs P Kelly 1-0671974Queens Birthday TtC02 French, Advance
5. J Stirling vs Chandler  0-1301975Australian Junior ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. E M Green vs Chandler 1-0411975New Zealand ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
7. Chandler vs O Sarapu  0-1381975New Zealand ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
8. M Goldschmidt vs Chandler 0-1201975Australian Junior ChD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Hoi vs Chandler 0-1381975Wch U20D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Chandler vs J Sunye Neto ½-½431975Wch U20B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. P Thipsay vs Chandler ½-½441975Wch U20B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Chandler vs O I Barkan 1-0251975Wch U20C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
13. Chandler vs L Cornford  1-042197583rd NZ ChB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Chandler vs H E Myers  ½-½471976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. P Darakorn vs Chandler  0-1921976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B44 Sicilian
16. D E Rumens vs Chandler 0-1591976H. E. Atkins Memorial TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
17. Chandler vs J Gutierrez  ½-½461976Haifa Olympiad (Men)C03 French, Tarrasch
18. Chandler vs G Botterill 1-0241976National Bank of Dubai OpenB07 Pirc
19. B Kernan vs Chandler  0-1271976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B40 Sicilian
20. R Bellin vs Chandler  0-1451976Ilford OpenB44 Sicilian
21. Z Franco Ocampos vs Chandler  1-0611976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. Chandler vs J Ost-Hansen  ½-½411976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. R Wansink vs Chandler  ½-½521976Wansink-Chandler MatchA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Chandler vs G Botterill  1-0371976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
25. P M Kuroda vs Chandler  ½-½771976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,355  PGN Download
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  Penguincw: Happy 52nd Chandler! I bet he is one of the few players with an undefeated + score against Kasparov.
Aug-24-12  waustad: I notice that he isn't playing in the Olympiad this year but his wife is. Is he along as a coach?
Nov-18-12  waustad: In her press conference at the WWCC knockout tournament Zhao Xue said she's playing in Christchurch soon.
Apr-03-13  waustad: Enjoy your last day as a 52 year old. I jus bought another copy of Chess for Children along with a tournament set for a 6 year old. Hopefully he'll take it up.
Apr-04-14  waustad: Happy b'day yet again.
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  offramp: Yes! Happy birthday to him. I will always be grateful to him for having given to the world the fantastic game Karpov vs Chandler, 1983, which Chandler lost. But at one point he could have had the most fantastic win.

As I say on that page, and I don't think this is an exaggeration, <Poor Murray did indeed miss the chance of one of the most spectacular wins ever against a world champion>.

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  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday Son (I see they are still getting our games mixed up - see above - that minor brilliancy was one of mine).

A lad at a bookstall a few years back wanted me to sign 'How to Beat Your Dad." thinking I was really Murray's dad. No amount of proof would convince him otherwise. I eventually signed it adding 'I'm not Murray's Dad.'

Yes the missed Queen sac v Karpov - one of the 'great unplayed melodies of the chess board.' (good title for a chess book that one.)

May-16-14  waustad: He has purchased a church that is meant to be a chess center as well as venue for weddings and such. Nigel Short played a simul there to comemmorate it's reopening.
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  Benzol: <waustad> You can find most of the games played in that simul at this page
Jan-04-15  waustad: Chessbase has an article about the 122nd New Zealand Open Championships 2015 by Chandler, who is the tournament promoter. So far it is only in German,, but I would suspect that it will be on the English page soon. Richard Taylor is one of the players. Chessbomb is showing the top 4 boards live and has had some other games added later on.
Jan-04-15  waustad: Here is the link in English:
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  Richard Taylor: < offramp: Yes! Happy birthday to him. I will always be grateful to him for having given to the world the fantastic game Karpov vs Chandler, 1983, which Chandler lost. But at one point he could have had the most fantastic win. As I say on that page, and I don't think this is an exaggeration, <Poor Murray did indeed miss the chance of one of the most spectacular wins ever against a world champion> >

Yes, he used to have a big column in our local Listener, and he mentioned that. He missed it as the 'rush of blood to the head' lead him to miss or not play the right move, which I think he might have seen, I think it was a psychological thing.

He's there everyday. His big thing are his 'church' (the Chess Centre) and his Gambit Book business etc.

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  Richard Taylor: <waustad: Here is the link in English:

Thanks for that. Goodhue often turns up (or used to) (especially to club games) late. He played an opening that Bischoff thought might be a new deep theory but when pressed admitted, after the game (he doesn't play main lines and improvises to get out of 'book', but one of his "innovations", we pointed out to him, was the Rossolimo which he thought he had invented!) he had just made it up. I looked at his game and he was o.k. but overlooked a good exchange sac by Bischoff which was strong if not winning.

He's good on counter attack. Good that some lower ranked players get to play the GMs or have the chance to.

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  Benzol: Grandmaster vs Master

Game Collection: Winstone Chess Challenge Match

Apr-03-15  waustad: Happy birthday. It's a few minutes to it here, but you're in the midst. You are now a double nickel!
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  perfidious: <Richard....Good that some lower ranked players get to play the GMs or have the chance to.>

That was always a treat during my active career.

Jun-09-15  waustad: I see that there is an award winning film about chess from New Zealand:

I suppose this is as good as anywhere for an NZ chess news post.

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  Stonehenge: <waustad>

See Genesis Potini.

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  wordfunph: "White, I'm not Adorjan."

- GM Murray Chandler (when asked for his favourite color)

Source: NIC Magazine 2015 #3

Apr-04-16  waustad: Happy birthday!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Murray Chandler.
Apr-04-18  newzild: Happy birthday, Muzza!
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  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday.
Apr-05-20  JimNorCal: Sally/Geoff any family connection with the amiable Kiwi?
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Jim,

He is my Dad.

see Murray Chandler (kibitz #87)


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