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Colin Crouch
C Crouch 
Number of games in database: 184
Years covered: 1974 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2325
Highest rating achieved in database: 2434

Overall record: +54 -70 =59 (45.6%)*
   * 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:
 King's Indian (13) 
    E75 E97 E90 E70 E95
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    D02 A40 A46 A50
 Sicilian (8) 
    B22 B42 B31
 Queen's Indian (6) 
    E12 E17 E13
 French Defense (6) 
    C02 C01 C09 C15 C10
 Dutch Defense (6) 
    A96 A91 A97 A81
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (11) 
    B03 B05 B02
 English (10) 
    A15 A11 A18 A13 A12
 Sicilian (9) 
    B33 B83 B82 B23 B22
 Queen's Indian (6) 
    E12 E19 E17
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E44 E43 E33 E32 E21
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    B00 A00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Krush vs C Crouch, 2001 0-1
   Chandler vs C Crouch, 1995 0-1
   C Crouch vs R Palliser, 2001 1/2-1/2
   D Foord vs C Crouch, 2006 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1977)
   ECI 2nd (1975)
   IBCA European Individual Championship (2007)
   British Championship (2001)
   Ron Banwell Masters (2001)
   2nd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1978)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)

   🏆 London Chess Classic Open
   C Crouch vs A Compton (Dec-15-13) 1/2-1/2
   E Ilfeld vs C Crouch (Dec-14-13) 1-0
   C Crouch vs J Friedland (Dec-13-13) 1-0
   C Bates vs C Crouch (Dec-12-13) 1-0
   C Crouch vs Z Harari (Dec-11-13) 1-0

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(born Oct-14-1956, died Apr-16-2015, 58 years old) United Kingdom

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Colin Stamford Crouch was born in Bushey, England. He was an International Master, and the author of a number of chess books.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 184  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K J O'Connell vs C Crouch  ½-½421974Athenaeum JubileeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. T Harding vs C Crouch  ½-½191974Athenaeum JubileeA06 Reti Opening
3. C Schubert vs C Crouch  0-1831975ECI 2ndC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
4. C Crouch vs J Krijgelmans  0-1341975ECI 2ndA34 English, Symmetrical
5. C Crouch vs M Janssens  1-0111975ECI 2ndA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
6. B Barth Sahl vs C Crouch  ½-½1001975ECI 2ndD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. D Giacomazzi vs C Crouch  1-0401975ECI 2ndD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
8. C Crouch vs T Upton  1-0391975ECI 2ndC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
9. J Baart vs C Crouch  ½-½401975ECI 2ndA12 English with b3
10. C Crouch vs Van der Wiel  ½-½281975ECI 2ndB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. P Erismann vs C Crouch  1-0221975ECI 2ndC60 Ruy Lopez
12. A J Mestel vs C Crouch  1-0351976Robert Silk TournamentB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
13. C Crouch vs D Parr  0-1381976Ilford OpenA10 English
14. D King vs C Crouch  0-12119771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
15. C Crouch vs D E Rumens  ½-½4019771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
16. Michael J Bulford vs C Crouch  0-12819771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA52 Budapest Gambit
17. M Yeo vs C Crouch  ½-½4219771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB33 Sicilian
18. C Crouch vs P Large  ½-½5319771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. C Crouch vs T B Bennett  ½-½2019771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
20. A E Hanreck vs C Crouch  ½-½4719771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB33 Sicilian
21. C Crouch vs S Webb  0-14419771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. C Crouch vs K J Wicker  1-03119771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA43 Old Benoni
23. C Crouch vs Kindermann 0-12919782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC40 King's Knight Opening
24. J C Hawksworth vs C Crouch  1-02519782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. E Michaelides vs C Crouch  0-12619782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Apr-18-15  Howard: Colin Crouch is gone ?!

I certainly liked his book on defense in chess, which featured games by Lasker and Petrosian.

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  Retireborn: Sad news. His book on the 1895 Hastings tournament is one of my favourites.
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  cro777: I am greatly saddened to hear this news. He was a highly regarded chess writer. I also greatly enjoyed reading his notes on current top-level chess

This was his last note (April 11th): "Sadly, the news at St Louis dominates all discussion in the US Championships. The forfeit of Wesley So's game against Varuzhan Akobian is deeply controversial, and no doubt will have long term implications..."

Rest in peace International Master Dr Colin Crouch.

Apr-19-15  alechyne: This is terribly sad news. Wonderful character. Whenever I played matches at Harrow, he would always be there, helping children with their chess for free – and none of that 'Look at me, I'm an IM'. One of the great, humane figures in British chess.
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  plang: Sad news

Really good writer - I have several of his books

Apr-20-15  maelith: A great lost to the chess world.He is an excellent author and seems a nice guy.
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  ketchuplover: Thanks for your chessic contributions
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Apr-27-15  SimplicityRichard: I cannot but make comment on the passing of the great Colin Crouch who left the wordly plane on 18th April 2015 (a few days ago).

IM Colin Crouch was the humblest strongest Chess player I ever had the pleasure of playing against. Needless to add that I lost the few rapid games we played each other, and on the night decided to give up playing 1.b4 (Sokolsky's Opening/The Orang'utan).

Colin was so unassuming that one might have been fooled into thinking he was just a regular club player. He was a perfect gentleman and will be thoroughly missed by the chess community here in London, England. Rest in peace perfect gentleman.

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  Domdaniel: Sad news. I followed Colin's games in the BCM and Chess magazine from the 1970s to the 90s -- we were much the same age. I never played him, though I saw him at various events over the years. Colin was remarkable in that he remained an active player into his fifties, even after suffering a stroke. His thoughts and ideas on the nature of chess thinking will survive him -- as will many excellent games.
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  perfidious: <Dom.....(Crouch) was remarkable in that he remained an active player into his fifties, even after suffering a stroke. His thoughts and ideas on the nature of chess thinking will survive him -- as will many excellent games.>

Have never read any of his works, but judging from the comments here, Crouch left his mark. Sounds like someone who would have been a pleasure to meet. Closest we ever got, though, was several common opponents in this DB.

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  Domdaniel: <perf> Hi there ... I've just been looking at one of your games, vs James Rizzitano ... it's in his book, 'Understanding Your Chess', which is really very good. He gives a lot of useful advice on how to analyse one's own games and construct a repertoire. Obvious enough, but I don't recall seeing this area explored so well before. Did you play JR many times?
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  Domdaniel: <Closest we ever got, though, was several common opponents in this DB.>

Same here. The chess universe is really quite small, when you get down to it.

Apr-28-15  Nosnibor: I played Colin a few times and my first game against him was in the 5th H.E Atkins Memorial Open on 5th September 1976 shortly before his 20th birthday.White: J.K.Robinson Black: C.S.Crouch. Kings Gambit Irregular Variant.1e4,e5.2f4,Qh4+,3g3,Qe7.4d3,exf45Bxf4,d5- .6Nd2,Nf6.7Bg2,dxe5.8dxe5,Bg4.9Bf3,Bxf3.10Qxf3,N-
raw agreed.Even at this age Colin was dictating the course of the game with experimental lines.R.I.P.Master Crouch.
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  Domdaniel: <Nosnibor> Thanks for that, JKR. I see we have at least one opponent (Tim Harding) in common.
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  Chessical: Obituary:
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  wordfunph: RIP, IM Crouch.

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  offramp: I drew a picture of GM Crouch.
Jun-04-15  Xeroxx: impressive drawing.
Jun-20-15  Tomlinsky: <What was your most embarrassing moment at the chessboard?

I played Tom Wiley in a county match many years ago and built up a nice position. Then he castled and I couldn’t understand why i hadn’t considered this, and my initiative disappeared and I eventually lost. It was only on the coach journey back that I suddenly realized that he had castled through check!>

Kingpin 26 (Spring 1996)

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  perfidious: <Dom....Did you play (Jim Rizzitano) many times?>

Sorry for the belated response; am only reading this now.

Believe we met thirteen times in all, the score being 10-2 for Jim with one draw. The game I submitted to CG was actually our last meeting: he moved to Chicago for a bit, then I played rather less in major open events in New England after 1987 before returning to Vermont in 1989.

As to the opponents Crouch and I had in common, the ones who jump off the page are: Rind, Michaelides, Shamkovich, Burnett and Ilya Gurevich. Tough lot: scored +2 -5 =2 against them.

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  Richard Taylor: I knew or thought I knew he had died. I had a book about chess strategy by him from the library, it was a large book and interesting. I think I heard he died from Kingscrusher q.v. whose enthusiastic YouTubes on chess are very good.

Sad he died so young.

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  ketchuplover: The first memorial tourney in his honor is finishing up this weekend. Berkes has apparently won.
May-30-17  zanzibar: <ketchupplover>'s link is not a sales page for footwear.

Perhaps this link will be more lasting:

* * * * *

<offramp> your link above is sadly stale. Perhaps you should start your own Wordpress blog?

(Or you can forward me, and I'll post it - maybe even give you a dedicated page.)

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