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Leonard William Barden
Number of games in database: 162
Years covered: 1945 to 2010

Overall record: +50 -50 =61 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (19) 
    B47 B94 B42 B85 B90
 French Defense (11) 
    C02 C19 C05 C17 C14
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C84 C75 C76 C62 C90
 Vienna Opening (8) 
    C27 C29 C26 C28
 King's Indian (7) 
    E95 E80 E89 E78 E61
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E25 E51 E21 E52 E41
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B56 B68 B59 B58 B89
 King's Indian (20) 
    E89 E60 E80 E61 E64
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (7) 
    B68 B65 B60 B62 B67
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 A46 E00 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Young vs L Barden, 1945 0-1
   L Barden vs R C Murphy, 1972 1-0
   L Barden vs W Adams, 1950 1-0
   L Barden vs M Dent, 1946 1-0
   L Barden vs J Penrose, 1959 1-0
   L Barden vs O Sterner, 1958 1-0
   Golombek vs L Barden, 1951 1/2-1/2
   W Fairhurst vs L Barden, 1951 1/2-1/2
   L Barden vs Golombek, 1951 1/2-1/2
   G Abrahams vs L Barden, 1951 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   BCF-ch (1953)
   Hastings 1957/58 (1957)
   BCF-ch (1959)
   Hastings 1960/61 (1960)
   Hastings 1961/62 (1961)
   Varna Olympiad qual-4 (1962)
   Leipzig Olympiad qual-3 (1960)
   Varna Olympiad Final-B (1962)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1951/52 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1957/58 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1960/61 by Phony Benoni

   Marjanovic vs Keene, 1980
   S Odendahl vs Keene, 1979

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(born Aug-20-1929, 92 years old) United Kingdom

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Leonard William Barden was born in Croydon, London, England. He was joint British Champion in 1954 and was 1st= in 1958 but lost the play-off. In 1952 he was 1st at Paignton ahead of Daniel Abraham Yanofsky and at Bognor 1954 he was 1st= with Alberic O'Kelly de Galway. He played in four Olympiads between 1952 and 1962 but then shifted emphasis to writing (he is chess correspondent for The Guardian newspaper), grading and junior chess. He has also authored a number of chess books.

Wikipedia article: Leonard Barden

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 163  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Young vs L Barden 0-1201945corrC58 Two Knights
2. L Barden vs M Dent 1-0241946British Boys ChC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
3. Rossolimo vs L Barden 1-0541949SouthseaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. G A Thomas vs L Barden  ½-½261949SouthseaC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
5. L Barden vs P N Wallis  0-1361949SouthseaC02 French, Advance
6. Bogoljubov vs L Barden  ½-½241950SouthseaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Golombek vs L Barden ½-½251950SouthseaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. J Aitken vs L Barden  ½-½241950SouthseaC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
9. Tartakower vs L Barden 1-0281950SouthseaE20 Nimzo-Indian
10. L Barden vs R Broadbent  0-1361950British ChampionshipC27 Vienna Game
11. L Barden vs Rossolimo 0-1381950Hastings 1950/51B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
12. O'Kelly vs L Barden 1-0281950Hastings 1950/51E01 Catalan, Closed
13. L Barden vs W Adams 1-0271950Hastings 1950/51C57 Two Knights
14. J Penrose vs L Barden  ½-½371951Hastings 1950/51B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
15. L Barden vs A Phillips  ½-½641951Hastings 1950/51E02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
16. Unzicker vs L Barden 1-0201951Hastings 1950/51D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
17. A R B Thomas vs L Barden  ½-½401951Hastings 1950/51C50 Giuoco Piano
18. L Barden vs Golombek ½-½181951Hastings 1950/51B10 Caro-Kann
19. V Castaldi vs L Barden  1-0701951Hastings 1950/51B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
20. Euwe vs L Barden  1-04119511st Autumn CongressE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
21. L Barden vs G Berriman  ½-½301951OxfordC17 French, Winawer, Advance
22. W Heidenfeld vs L Barden 1-0211951OxfordE00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. L Barden vs Yanofsky  ½-½231951OxfordD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. W Fairhurst vs L Barden  ½-½211951OxfordE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
25. R Wade vs L Barden  ½-½661951OxfordC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
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Aug-20-19  Cardinal Fang: Happy Birthday Leonard Barden, and thank you for all the work you've done for chess over the years.

In England in the 70s I remember well how Leonard Barden would appear at junior tournaments with a roll of paper, and put up handwritten posters with up-to-date ratings of junior players - not just the top ones, but all the way down through the rating levels. He was well aware that the six- or twelve-monthly rating lists got out of date very quickly, and wanted us young players to see how rapidly we were improving and be inspired by it. Great memories.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Happy Birthday!


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  Sally Simpson: **

Hi Cardinal,

Hope you don't mind but I have posted your kind word on the ECF forum where Mr.Barden appears to frequent more than here and the 90th Birthday tributes are flooding in. (Geoff)


Aug-20-19  Cardinal Fang: <Sally Simpson> You're welcome to. Thank you.
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  WTHarvey: Leonard Barden vs M O'Hara, Varna, 1962

White mates in 4.

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Solution (in reverse)
3.Qg8+ Kh8 2.Nxh6+ Kg8 1.Nf7+

Sep-18-19  mckmac: Leonard Barden's excellent chess column and problem have been a constant fixture in the NZ Listener magazine for many years now. A belated Happy Birthday Mr Barden!
Sep-20-19  JimNorCal: A nice 90th birthday tribute to Mr Barden

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  MissScarlett: C.N. 11695: <‘The daily chess column in the Evening Standard will finally reach its end on Friday, 31 January 2020. I have given the starting-date as Monday, 4 June 1956 since although I am not totally sure of the exact date I recall that it was early June and some time after Whitsun, which was in May that year. The total is thus 63 years, 7 months and 27 days without a day missed. The final puzzle is a Carlsen win from the 2019 world blitz championship.’>
Jan-27-20  Cibator: No reasons given, I see. Anyone able to enlighten us?
Jan-28-20  offramp: <Cibator: No reasons given, I see. Anyone able to enlighten us?>

I really think it is just a case of old age. However, the circulations of British newspapers have been falling for decades, and it is possible that the Evening Standard wanted to save some money. Barden's column may have been online only, but he was presumably paid in real cash.

It is strange that so few modern newspapers have a chess column. Chess is very popular across all age ranges and the space needed for a column is tiny.

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  MissScarlett: I think Len's taking a well-earned sabbatical. I could do with one of those, too!
Jan-28-20  spingo:
<If I had known the job was only temporary I'd never have taken it on.>
Jan-30-20  Granny O Doul: I didn't really process the "daily" in my original reading of the chesshistory report. I still (as of last weekend) check out Barden's weekly column that appears (appeared?) in the Financial Times. Skimming The Guardian's website just now, it is not the same column as appears there, so I have hope. To me, Barden's FT column is the best of its type out there.

So maybe it is just a question of the daily grind. On the other hand, I remember when my favorite sports columnist as a kid, Red Smith, wrote a column wherein he explained that thenceforth he's be writing just twice a week and not thrice as he had been. This proved to be his last-ever piece.

Feb-12-20  Granny O Doul: So Barden has not laid his pen to rest: .
Jan-01-21  Granny O Doul: ...but then today I go to and see Barden listed as "former chess columnist", and an invitation to click on a bridge column.
Jan-01-21  Granny O Doul: If he's decided to retire, he's earned it, and happy retirement! But if it's involuntary, boycott the Financial Times!
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  roberts partner:
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  roberts partner: The "former chess columnist" link seems to have been just a passing bug. Putting Barden in the FT's search index now brings up a selection of recent columns, as it should.
Apr-06-21  login:

A list of his and others' (not restricted to UK folks) articles can be found here

Aug-20-21  Nosnibor: Happy birthday Leonard and keep up the good work.
Aug-20-21  Granny O Doul: Yes, keep knocking them out.
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  kingscrusher: Happy Birthday!

I did a birthday tribute video here:

Cheers, K

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  gezafan: <rudysanford: Does anyone have an opinion on his book- The Ruy Lopez: Winning Chess with 1. P-K4? Has it aged well? Is it still useful? Is it more of a book for white than black?>

Well, Rudy, here's an answer after 12 years. I hope you drop in sometime and see it.

Barden's book on the Ruy Lopez is pretty good. It will give you a basic understanding of many of the ideas in the Lopez. Since it's an older book you would not look to it for cutting edge analysis, but for the club player and weekend warrior it's worth reading.

I'd say it's a good book from both the white and black perspectives.

Aug-20-21  Brenin: Happy birthday, Leonard, and thanks for all those Guardian columns. I look forward reading plenty more of them.
Aug-20-21  Nosnibor: <Roberts partner> There is a game of yours I have come across from the World Student Championship 1953 where you beat Glenn Nylen in a very moves. I find this hard to believe because when I played this player at the Karlstad Open in 1989 he was only a teenager! Could the player that I played possibly be his father or is this just a mere coincidence or an error by Chess 365 ?
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