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William Hartston
Number of games in database: 349
Years covered: 1962 to 1987
Last FIDE rating: 2430
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485

Overall record: +94 -81 =170 (51.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (44) 
    B90 B83 B57 B92 B46
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C82 C69 C72 C95 C78
 French Defense (14) 
    C18 C19 C16 C07 C17
 French Winawer (13) 
    C18 C19 C16 C17
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B90 B92 B99 B97 B98
 Bishop's Opening (8) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (58) 
    B46 B40 B83 B44 B89
 Grunfeld (21) 
    D86 D91 D76 D83 D79
 Sicilian Taimanov (20) 
    B46 B49 B45 B48 B47
 English, 1 c4 c5 (19) 
    A36 A30 A32 A37 A31
 English (14) 
    A15 A10 A14 A16
 Modern Benoni (9) 
    A56 A61
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ulf Andersson vs Hartston, 1973 0-1
   Hartston vs H Westerinen, 1973 1-0
   Hartston vs Portisch, 1974 1-0
   Hartston vs M Basman, 1974 1/2-1/2
   Hartston vs A J Whiteley, 1974 1-0
   Hartston vs J Richardson, 1983 1-0
   Hartston vs Keene, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Speelman vs Hartston, 1975 0-1
   Hartston vs G Sigurjonsson, 1975 1-0
   Hartston vs Keene, 1968 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (1975)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1973/74 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1972/73 by Chessdreamer
   Hastings 1974/75 by suenteus po 147
   BBC Master Game Series 1 by RedShield
   BBC Master Game Series 2 by RedShield

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(born Aug-12-1947, 72 years old) United Kingdom

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William Roland Hartston was born in London, England. Awarded the IM title in 1973, he was British champion in 1973 (after a play-off with Michael John Basman) and 1975. He played for England in the Olympiads at Havana 1966, Siegen 1970, Skopje 1972, Nice 1974, Haifa 1976 and Buenos Aires 1978. In tournaments he was 3rd at Hastings 1972-73 behind Bent Larsen and Wolfgang Uhlmann and 1st at Sarajevo 1976. He is also a noted author and has appeared on the BBC television chess programmes.

Wikipedia article: William Hartston

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 349  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hartston vs N J Kalton  0-1231962Correspondence gameC38 King's Gambit Accepted
2. N J Kalton vs Hartston  1-0271962Correspondence gameB06 Robatsch
3. Hartston vs A Riley  1-0421962Whitby British u15 chA16 English
4. Keene vs Hartston  ½-½301962London League LLA v SouthgateD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Hartston vs R C Moss  1-0301962U18 Counties Correspondence Championship, Buckinghamshire vC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. Hartston vs DL Roth  1-0221963BCF-ch U18B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. Keene vs Hartston 1-0271964London U-18 ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Tal vs Hartston  ½-½471964Simul, 24bB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. Hartston vs Keene  ½-½291964Training tournament LondonA02 Bird's Opening
10. Hartston vs D Parr  1-0311965BCF-chA00 Uncommon Opening
11. M Macdonald-Ross vs Hartston  0-1441965BCF-chA61 Benoni
12. Hartston vs H Glauser  1-0291965NLDC34 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Hartston vs J Littlewood  1-0461965IlfordC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
14. R Williams vs Hartston  0-1251965Bognor Regis-AA21 English
15. M Haygarth vs Hartston 0-1411965BCF-chA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
16. Hartston vs Wade  ½-½211965London June TrainingB01 Scandinavian
17. Hartston vs M Basman  0-1361965London June TrainingB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
18. Keene vs Hartston  ½-½131965London June TrainingA37 English, Symmetrical
19. O M Hindle vs Hartston  1-0271965London June TrainingB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
20. G H Chesters vs Hartston  0-1301965London June TrainingA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Uhlmann vs Hartston  1-0411965Hastings International /66E12 Queen's Indian
22. Hartston vs Spassky 0-1281965Hastings 1965/66C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
23. Vasiukov vs Hartston 1-0241966Hastings 1965/66B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. Hartston vs Gligoric 1-0251966Hastings 1965/66B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. R Jeannet vs Hartston  ½-½441966Orebro Stud olm prelim4B32 Sicilian
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 349  PGN Download
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Aug-12-08  Tessie Tura: <I have his book "Kings of Chess">

So do I. Nice book, and great pictures, too.

Dec-01-08  FrogC: I read in Leonard Barden's obituary for Bob Wade in The Guardian today that Wade was recruited by Jim Slater to train five prospective British GMs, all of whom went on to gain the title. I assume these would have been Miles, Keene, Stean, Speelman and Nunn. Why wasn't Hartston among them? We all know how close he came in the early 70s, but he was still young and could have had another go. Was he simply not in a financial position to, or was he discouraged by his near miss?
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  ray keene: <frogc> i think leonard has this story wrong-bob wade never taught me formally and was certainly never paid by slater so to do-i think this story is an "urban myth!"
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  roberts partner: The story is correct, FrogC's interpretation is wrong. The fifth player was Jonathan Mestel.
Apr-14-09  Caissanist: If this happened in the early seventies, as seems likely, then this would have been when Keene and Hartston were already in their mid twenties, and were playing the top two boards on England's olympic team. It wouldn't have made a lot of sense for them to receive "training" from their third board.
May-10-09  ToTheDeath: Bill- Better Chess really improved my understanding of the game. Thank you.
Jun-21-09  ughaibu: Roberts Partner: Can you explain what you mean, please. Keene says the story is incorrect and he's one of the protagonists.
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  ray keene: re hartstons cv here-he also played in the olympiads of haifa 1976 and buenos aires 1978-i think he made a gm norm at buenos aires-tho this can be checked-his victims include larsen gligoric portisch andersson
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  ketchuplover: impressive! happy birthday Bill :)
Aug-12-09  SimonWebbsTiger: A happy birthday to BH.

One of my fondest childhood memories was "The Mastergame" on BBC2. I had just learnt the game so it was a thrill to see GMs commentating on their games as if we were privvy to their thoughts. One memory is of Tony Miles, with long hair and a pair of even hairier boots!

I wish TV could have those sorts of shows again. The last I ever saw was of the Brussels 1986 tourney, on ITV I think. Kasparov's explanation of his win in Huebner vs Kasparov, 1986 was just mind bending. And Nigel and John on Nunn vs Short, 1986 was a lot of fun: Nunn explaining he was using a plan of Karpov's and Short complaining he had to play this line as he left the opening books in Nunn's room!!!

Aug-12-09  The Eagles: Happy Birthday! Mr.Hartston, author of my first chess book =)
Aug-12-09  Broon Bottle: Hartston, while the strongest UK player not to be a grandmaster, is also the most likeable, IMHO. A good egg.
Aug-12-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday!
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  wordfunph: "One of the best excuses I ever heard was from a man who had just lost to a female opponent. 'She completely disrupted my thought process,' he complained. 'Every time I tried to calculate something, I'd begin: 'I go here, he goes there,' and then I'd have to correct myself: No, it's I go here, she goes there.'"

- William Hartston (Teach Yourself Better Chess)

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  wordfunph: "My dear boy, you don't analyze during a game. You analyze before a game and after a game. During a game you just play."

- William Hartston (Teach Yourself Better Chess)

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  wordfunph: "In my opinion, one of the main reasons Hartston failed to make the grandmaster norm, despite his considerable talent and knowledge, is his fear for losing."

- Bernard Zuckerman

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  perfidious: Suppose Zuckerman could have offered insight as to why he also failed to make GM?

It takes a bit more than encyclopaedic knowledge of the openings to be a well-rounded player.

Jun-13-11  ToTheDeath: Hartston interview:

Aug-12-11  BIDMONFA: William Hartston


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  sfm: I bought "Cheat at Chess" 3.3 decades ago. Hilarious, even the danish translation was great.

I recall:

Chapter XII: Friendly Chess Games
The there is absolutely no such thing as a friendly chess game.

Chapter XIII: "Friendly" Chess Games
Now that we have a clear understanding of concepts....

Aug-12-11  paavoh: @invicta49: <...A true gent who is more deserving of the G.M. title than some of it's holders> Alas, GM in chess does not stand for a GentleMan.
Aug-12-11  Broon Bottle: What's Bill doing now?
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  Eggman: Hartston being "outplayed" by Derren Brown:
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  Eggman: OK, looks like the above was actually part 2. Here is part 1:
Nov-09-11  Karpova: C.N. 5884 with some quotes from Hartston's 'Better Chess' (London, 1997 and 2003) with page numbers referring to the 2003 edition:

<‘Weak players assess a position by counting the captured men; strong players consider only the men remaining on the board.’ (Page 10)>

<‘One of the best excuses I ever heard was from a man who had just lost to a female opponent. “She completely disrupted my thought processes”, he complained. “Every time I tried to calculate something, I’d begin: ‘I go here, he goes there’, and then I’d have to correct myself: ‘No, it’s I go here, she goes there’.”’ (Page 52)>

<‘If you hoard your small advantages, the winning combinations will take care of themselves.’ (Page 114)>


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