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Duncan Suttles
Number of games in database: 471
Years covered: 1961 to 1984
Last FIDE rating: 2420
Highest rating achieved in database: 2475

Overall record: +179 -139 =153 (54.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian Attack (89) 
 Uncommon Opening (69) 
    A00 B00
 Vienna Opening (16) 
    C26 C29 C25 C28 C27
 English (13) 
    A13 A16 A17 A10 A15
 Sicilian (10) 
    B25 B92 B23 B46
 French Defense (8) 
    C02 C00 C03
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (95) 
 Pirc (39) 
    B09 B08
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    A41 A40 A46
 Modern Defense (28) 
 English (11) 
 Uncommon Opening (6) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Matulovic vs Suttles, 1970 1/2-1/2
   J Mora Corbera vs Suttles, 1964 1/2-1/2
   Kavalek vs Suttles, 1974 0-1
   Suttles vs H Avram, 1963 1-0
   D Rivera vs Suttles, 1965 0-1
   Evans vs Suttles, 1972 0-1
   Suttles vs Benko, 1974 1-0
   Seirawan vs Suttles, 1981 0-1
   F Atabek vs Suttles, 1977 0-1
   Hecht vs Suttles, 1969 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lugano Olympiad qual-4 (1968)
   Havana Olympiad qual-5 (1966)
   Canadian Championship (1965)
   Nice Olympiad qual-2 (1974)
   Venice (1974)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Belgrade (1969)
   Parcetic Memorial (1970)
   Zagreb (1972)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   67th US Open (1966)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-B (1972)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The t_t Players: The 1900s by fredthebear
   NIKKI PIRC by nikkiurbz
   San Antonio 1972 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   San Antonio 1972 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1973, Chicago by Phony Benoni
   hot rats by IMlday
   hot rats by FrankTheTank
   Suttles by TechN9ne

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(born Dec-21-1945, 77 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality Canada)

[what is this?]
Duncan Suttles was born in San Francisco, USA. Awarded the IM title in 1967, he was Canadian champion in 1969 (after a 1st-2nd place tie with Dr. Zvonko Vranesic, he won the play-off) and represented Canada at the World Junior Championship. He received his GMC title in 1982 and his GM title in 1973, winning the Canadian open (at Ottawa), tying for 1st at the USA open (in Chicago) and also winning a newspaper-sponsored open (1) at Montreal in the latter year mentioned. He also won the British Columbia championship in 1966.

He played on 8 Canadian Olympiad teams between 1964 and 1984 (scoring 63.5 points in 116 team games played) and was 1st= at the 1973 US Open. He retired from chess to work on stock market analysis with computer technology.

References: (1) la Presse (Quebec news agency), (2) (team & Olympiad chess archives), (3) (Canadian Chess Federation), (4) (Canadian Corresponence Chess Association), (5) Wikipedia article: Duncan Suttles , (6) Chess on the Edge (a book compilation that collects the games of this player).

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 471  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Sandor Siklos vs Suttles  1-0371961Canadian ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Suttles vs Z Vranesic  0-1581961CAN-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. Suttles vs Yanofsky  ½-½411963WinnipegB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
4. H Gross vs Suttles 0-1281963?B06 Robatsch
5. Suttles vs Z Vranesic  ½-½251963CAN-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. R Hirsch vs Suttles ½-½601963Canadian ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
7. Suttles vs H Avram 1-023196364th US OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. H E Myers vs Suttles  ½-½24196364th US OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
9. Bisguier vs Suttles 1-028196364th US OpenB06 Robatsch
10. G Chappuis vs Suttles 0-1341964Nevada OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
11. L Day vs Suttles 0-1391964Canadian OpenB06 Robatsch
12. Suttles vs O Popovych ½-½77196465th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Benko vs Suttles 1-035196465th US OpenB06 Robatsch
14. J Mora Corbera vs Suttles ½-½161964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AB06 Robatsch
15. A Filipowicz vs Suttles 0-1591964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
16. Suttles vs G Mititelu  ½-½301964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AC02 French, Advance
17. Jansa vs Suttles 1-0331964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AB06 Robatsch
18. Suttles vs E Guthi 1-0251964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AB06 Robatsch
19. A Saidy vs Suttles 1-0651964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
20. Forintos vs Suttles 0-1411964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Suttles vs H Pfleger 0-1411964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AC26 Vienna
22. Suttles vs A Matanovic  ½-½361964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Suttles vs C Aykroyd 1-0361965Vancouver ch-City CCA00 Uncommon Opening
24. I Rivise vs Suttles  1-0211965California, USAB06 Robatsch
25. Suttles vs H Gross 1-0261965San FranciscoC26 Vienna
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 471  PGN Download
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May-16-10  muwatalli: suttles is one of my favorite players, i love his style and the whole concept of unorthodox chess , which i try to incorporate into my style, here is my latest victory in the suttles style. =)

[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2010.05.16"]
[Round "?"]
[White "walkingterrapin"]
[Black "muwwatalli"]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "2053"]
[BlackElo "1871"]
[ECO "B06"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. f4 a6 5. Nf3 b5 6. Bd3 Bb7 7. Be3 Nd7 8. O-O Nh6 9. h3 O-O 10. Qe1 f6 11. Qh4 Nf7 12. Rad1 e5 13. dxe5 dxe5 14. f5 Nd6 15. fxg6 hxg6 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. exd5 f5 18. Bg5 Bf6 19. Bxf6 Qxf6 20. Qxf6 Rxf6 21. Ng5 Nb6 22. Be2 Nf7 23. Ne6 Nxd5 24. Rxd5 Rxe6 25. c4 Rd6 26. Rfd1 Rad8 27. Kf2 Rxd5 28. Rxd5 Rxd5 29. cxd5 Nd6 30. a4 Kf7 31. Ke3 Kf6 32. b3 Kg5 33. g3 f4+ 34. gxf4+ exf4+ 35. Kd4 Kh4 36. Bg4 Kg3 37. Kd3 f3 38. Kd2 Kg2 * here my opponent said bye and purposely disconnected leaving me to wait 10 minutes and eventually adjudicate as a win.

on another note i have studied only a small percentage of the games suttles played that are on i'm hoping to find a job and get the 3 volumes written on him soon, but evidently i don't seem like the type who can handle washing dishes or something according to all the times i've been passed over so far.

Dec-05-10  wordfunph: According to Pal Benko, GM Duncan Suttles has been called the Canadian Nimzovich. His wife Dobrila narrated that Duncan has no chess books at home but this does not mean that he is unprepared for his opponents.
Apr-12-11  arthurp: Jeremy Silman has a point.Why did Suttles switch from regular openings in 1965? to 1...g6 and 1.g3? The 3 vol. on Suttles does not answer the question.IM Day,somebody!
Apr-12-11  Dionysius: It seems Suttles games often finish with end games with lots of pawns still on the board. I wonder if that's because his openings don't have the more usual early pawn confrontations in the centre of the board which tend to end up with exchanges?
Dec-21-11  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Suttles!
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  WTHarvey: Here are some critical positions from his games: What's the best move?
Apr-14-12  jackpawn: Why so few reviews of the Suttles books? The few reviews found here are favorable, but I would like a little more input before making a financial leap!

Personally I enjoy starting games with 1. g3, but somehow generally uncomfortable with 1 . . . g6.

Apr-14-12  parisattack: <Jackpawn> I've been wondering that for years! I played both 1. g3 and 1. ... g6 for several years and had decent success with them both.

If you like 1. g3 be sure to get/have the books by Stephen Gerzadowicz!

Apr-17-12  jackpawn: <parisattack> Thanks for the suggestion concerning Gerzadowicz. I'll look into it.
May-04-12  PhilFeeley: So did anyone ever see Ray Keene's review of the Suttles collection for the Times and Spectator?
May-04-12  PhilFeeley: <> Perhaps you'd like to collect the games from the Suttles/Seirawan simul given by them in Vancouver in 2008. It's a nice collection from a great birthday/publication celebration:

May-04-12  PhilFeeley: P.S. One important game missing from the above collection is the one by the Davies brothers against the Suttles/Seirawan duo. I watched most of it and it was extremely interesting as the Davies brothers had black.

Perhaps someone in Vancouver (since I'm no longer there) could persuade them to upload the game. I've asked Steven Wright (editor of BC Chess and BC chess organizer) if he could get it but it's not in his collection of the games from this event. I do remember that the Davies brothers won.

May-13-12  parisattack: <PhilFeeley: So did anyone ever see Ray Keene's review of the Suttles collection for the Times and Spectator?>

I recall reading it - tho has been some time back. I do remember lots of CG'ers anxiously awaiting the Suttles books - then when they finally arrived, silence. I think they are a terrific set of books.

Dec-21-12  waustad: Happy birthday!!!
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  GrahamClayton: Suttles was the co-inventor with Bruce Harper of the chess variant "Bombalot":

Dec-21-14  parisattack: Happy Birthday to the Canadian Nimzowitsch! His Chess on the Edge books are among my very favorites.
Dec-21-14  redlance: Happy Birthday!!!!
May-17-15  TheFocus: <I quit chess because I had developed a satisfactory strategic understanding of the game and whatever improvement remained was in technique. This would require a lot of effort for minimal returns> - Duncan Suttles.
Dec-21-15  TheFocus: Happy Birthday, GM Suttles!!

I really love your games.

Jan-23-16  Mikhail12: I first discovered Duncan Suttles games from the "San Antonio '72" tournament book.I was taken with his play and have enjoyed playing over his games every since.My question is,does anyone own the 3 volume set of his games and is it worth the price.What I've seen is about $49+ per volume.
Oct-15-16  ljfyffe: Ducan Suttles wons the 1977-82 Eino Heilimo CC Memorial II.
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  Diocletian: Anybody who can beat the tough guys in this "Notable Games" list deserves a picture. Here are a bunch of them:
Oct-05-19  arthurp: I got some games from GM Suttles and they were in English descriptive.Didn't think anyone used descriptive notation anymore.Anyone surprised?
Nov-21-22  pazzed paun: I would gladly pay $20 for volume one of chess on the edge ....maybe it will turn up in my local bookshop
Dec-21-22  EvanTheTerrible: I know of Duncan Suttles that he plays a d6 g6 system as black. That's about it!
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