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Leonard Barden
L Barden 
Number of games in database: 180
Years covered: 1945 to 2010

Overall record: +59 -54 =66 (51.4%)*
   * 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 (20) 
    B47 B94 B42 B71 B32
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C84 C75 C62 C90 C64
 French Defense (11) 
    C02 C19 C05 C18 C17
 Vienna Opening (8) 
    C27 C29 C26 C28
 King's Indian (7) 
    E95 E80 E89 E78 E61
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C84 C89 C99 C97 C90
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (23) 
    E89 E80 E66 E60 E88
 Sicilian (22) 
    B56 B68 B59 B58 B72
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (7) 
    B68 B65 B67 B62 B60
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 E00 E10 A46
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C64 C65 C89
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A57 A60 A56
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Young vs L Barden, 1945 0-1
   L Barden vs W Adams, 1950 1-0
   L Barden vs R C Murphy, 1972 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
   L Barden vs Golombek, 1951 1/2-1/2
   G Abrahams vs L Barden, 1951 1/2-1/2
   Fazekas vs L Barden, 1958 0-1
   W Fairhurst vs L Barden, 1951 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bayswater Open (1971)
   British Championship (1957)
   British Championship (1953)
   Hastings 1957/58 (1957)
   British Championship (1959)
   Hastings 1960/61 (1960)
   Hastings 1961/62 (1961)
   British Championship (1950)
   British Championship (1955)
   Varna Olympiad qual-4 (1962)
   Varna Olympiad Final-B (1962)
   Leipzig Olympiad qual-3 (1960)

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, 93 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 8; games 1-25 of 194  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. L Barden vs J M Aitken  1-0501949British ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
7. W Fairhurst vs L Barden  1-0321949British ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Bogoljubov vs L Barden  ½-½241950SouthseaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Golombek vs L Barden ½-½251950SouthseaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. J M Aitken vs L Barden  ½-½241950SouthseaC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
11. Tartakower vs L Barden 1-0281950SouthseaE20 Nimzo-Indian
12. L Barden vs E Klein  1-0431950British ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
13. E A Isles vs L Barden  1-0341950British ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
14. L Barden vs C H Alexander  1-0401950British ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. L Barden vs Milner-Barry  0-1801950British ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
16. S Fazekas vs L Barden  0-1381950British ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
17. L Barden vs R Broadbent  0-1361950British ChampionshipC27 Vienna Game
18. L Barden vs Rossolimo 0-1381950Hastings 1950/51B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
19. O'Kelly vs L Barden 1-0281950Hastings 1950/51E01 Catalan, Closed
20. L Barden vs W Adams 1-0271950Hastings 1950/51C57 Two Knights
21. J Penrose vs L Barden  ½-½371951Hastings 1950/51B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
22. L Barden vs A Phillips  ½-½641951Hastings 1950/51E02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
23. Unzicker vs L Barden 1-0201951Hastings 1950/51D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
24. A R Thomas vs L Barden  ½-½401951Hastings 1950/51C50 Giuoco Piano
25. L Barden vs Golombek ½-½181951Hastings 1950/51B10 Caro-Kann
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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 ?
Mar-05-22  Albertan: Chess:India makes Olympiad bid while Sergey Karjakin shunned after invasion:

Mar-11-22  Albertan: Bobby Fischer v Boris Spassky 1972. remembered at Reykjavik Open:

Mar-15-22  Albertan: Oxford defeats Cambridge again in chess’s longest running annual match:

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  roberts partner: <Nosibor> Sorry, didn't see this earlier. Obviously it's a database error. I only recall two of my games from Brussels 1953, a loss with White in the French to T Store of Norway which cost England first place, and a Ruy win against Akiba Rubinstein's son. Conditions were poor, our team had to sleep two in a bed in a room which was next to a lift shaft.
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  roberts partner: Sorry, <Nosnibor>!
Apr-01-22  Albertan: Carlsen’s rivals prepare for Candidates as No. 1 wins after hiccup:

Apr-01-22  Sally Simpson: Hi Nosnibor,

Leonard's opponents in that event are here: (you will have it but other interested parties might not) (page 12 onwards)

Leonard did play a Nylen (no initial) in Round 5 v Finland, Leonard won. Only the interesting diagram is given before Leonard sacced the exchange on move 18. (game 91)

The magazine mentions the critical game Leonard says he lost v Norway and Store. England moved Leonard to board two to give him White and avoid Norway's best player Store.

But Norway moved Store down to board two!
The report adds Leonard tried too hard win the game.

Norway won 2½ - 1½ the other English loss by McKelvie.

Russia were due to play (and probably win it) but their team (Taimanov, Geller, Moisiev and Suetin ) could not get travel visas in time.

Two of that team played in the Zurich 1953 candidates. Moisiev(?) This is most likely Oleg Moiseev was also there as Kotov's second.

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  nizmo11: the Finnish player was likely
Bo Nyren. Olimpbase does not have details for Brussels, but Nyrén played in the in the 1st International Student Chess Tournament in Liverpool, and also in the 1st World U20 ch (1951) From there: Larsen vs B Nyren, 1951
Apr-02-22  Sally Simpson: Hi Nimzo,

I would give that as a very good guess, the similarity is there and easy to see how the names could be mixed up.

Also his name is the only one closest to Nylen on this list of good Finnish players. The year given (1956) is the year Bo Nyren was awarded the Finnish Master title.

Here is a 1952 picture of him. (sitting behind the black pieces.) looks a wee bit like a young Jonathan Rowson.

Apr-02-22  Olavi: Yes, it is Bo Nyrén, I can assure you.
Apr-02-22  Sally Simpson: Another minor chess mystery cleared up. Thank you Olavi and Nimzo.
Apr-14-22  Albertan: Half a century after Fischer,chess’s icons are now Carlsen and Stockfish:

Apr-15-22  Albertan: Teenagers top in Reykjavik while English hopes fade at the finish:

Apr-25-22  Albertan: Magnus Carlsen “unlikely” to defend crown,but questions remain:

Apr-29-22  Albertan: Poland’s Duda wins in Oslo while tired Carlsen fades at finish:

May-08-22  Albertan: England Children Sweep Gold Medals And World Titles In Rhodes:

May-21-22  Albertan: Chess:Carlsen goes head to head with Ding Liren as World top two meet:

May-27-22  Albertan: Ramesh Babu Praggnanandhaa reaches final at 2 am on day of his exams:

Jun-05-22  Albertan: Carlsen recovers in Stavanger while seven-year-old eyes Expert record:

Aug-20-22  Nosnibor: Happy 93rd Birthday Leonard.
Aug-20-22  Granny O Doul: Yes, keep knocking them out!
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