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Walter Shawn Browne
Number of games in database: 1,408
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2433 (2428 rapid, 2409 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2590

Overall record: +525 -318 =548 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 17 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (100) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E18
 Sicilian (95) 
    B47 B45 B42 B43 B46
 King's Indian (71) 
    E97 E94 E81 E80 E62
 Ruy Lopez (58) 
    C94 C95 C69 C72 C78
 Modern Benoni (40) 
    A70 A57 A56 A61 A77
 Grunfeld (34) 
    D85 D86 D87 D91 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (238) 
    B99 B92 B90 B22 B98
 Sicilian Najdorf (135) 
    B99 B92 B90 B98 B93
 English, 1 c4 c5 (77) 
    A30 A34 A36 A32 A37
 Queen's Indian (77) 
    E15 E12 E14 E19 E17
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E32 E41 E42 E21 E53
 Queen's Pawn Game (52) 
    A46 A45 E00 A41 D01
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Seirawan vs Browne, 1979 0-1
   Browne vs Fischer, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Browne vs Bisguier, 1974 1-0
   Browne vs Quinteros, 1974 1-0
   Browne vs E Winslow, 1977 1-0
   Browne vs Ljubojevic, 1978 1-0
   Browne vs Robert E Byrne, 1977 1-0
   O Sarapu vs Browne, 1972 0-1
   Van der Wiel vs Browne, 1980 0-1
   Browne vs Wojtkiewicz, 2004 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1974)
   US Championship (1974)
   US Championship (1973)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Madrid (1973)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Banja Luka 1979 by webbing1947
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1974 by suenteus po 147
   Banja Luka 1979 by suenteus po 147
   Hoogovens 1972 by Tabanus
   Madrid 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1972/73 by Chessdreamer
   Las Palmas 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Buenos Aires (Konex) 1979 by Tabanus
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni

   I E Shliahtin vs Browne, 1993

   🏆 National Open
   Hans M Niemann vs Browne (Jun-20-15) 0-1
   L Ptacnikova vs Browne (Mar-11-14) 1/2-1/2
   Browne vs H Olafsson (Mar-10-14) 0-1
   G Gajewski vs Browne (Mar-09-14) 1/2-1/2
   Browne vs N Grandelius (Mar-08-14) 1-0

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(born Jan-10-1949, died Jun-24-2015, 66 years old) Australia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Walter Shawn Browne was born in Sydney, Australia to an Australian mother and an American father. Browne won the 1969 Australian Championship, was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 1970 and played first board for Australia at the Siegen 1970 and Skopje 1972 Olympiads. He also played on four bronze medal US Olympiad teams, once each on boards 1-4 ( Browne had an impressive career, most notably winning the United States Championship six times: in 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1983*, a record exceeded only by Robert James Fischer and Samuel Reshevsky. He also won numerous open tournaments, including two U.S. Opens, seven American Opens, eleven National Opens, and the 1991 Canadian Open.

Browne's international successes include first-place finishes at Venice 1971, Wijk aan Zee 1974, Winnipeg 1974 (Pan American Championship), Lone Pine 1974, Mannheim 1975, Reykjavík 1978, Wijk aan Zee 1980, Chile 1981, Indonesia 1982 (shared with Ron Henley in a 26-player round-robin tournament), the 1983 New York Open, Gjovik 1983, and Naestved 1985. A top competitor at blitz chess, in 1988 he formed the World Blitz Association.

Browne was inducted into the United States Chess Hall of Fame in 2003. Up until the time of his death, he still competed with success in top-level American tournaments. He died suddenly in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 24, 2015, having just tied for 9th-15th in the National Open.


Wikipedia article: Walter Browne

Last updated: 2019-10-08 07:53:01

 page 1 of 57; games 1-25 of 1,408  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Browne vs I Zalys 0-1571963CorrespondenceB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
2. F Wilson vs Browne ½-½511963Marshall Chess Club Weekend Tournament, New City,C21 Center Game
3. Fred M Howard vs Browne  0-123196667th US OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. Browne vs B Hochberg  1-047196667th US OpenD80 Grunfeld
5. L Jackson vs Browne 1-047196667th US OpenD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. Browne vs J Wolfe  1-022196667th US OpenA56 Benoni Defense
7. Browne vs R Bond  1-024196667th US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
8. Browne vs Juris Ozols  ½-½72196667th US OpenC00 French Defense
9. B Sperling vs Browne  0-129196667th US OpenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Browne vs J B Kelly 1-032196667th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
11. P O'Gorman vs Browne  0-148196667th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
12. J Hanken vs Browne  ½-½44196667th US OpenA05 Reti Opening
13. W Goichberg vs Browne  ½-½51196667th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. T Weinberger vs Browne  0-1411967Santa Monica Masters InvitationalB89 Sicilian
15. S Sloan vs Browne 1-0491967American OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. B Sperling vs Browne 0-128196768th US OpenA48 King's Indian
17. Browne vs J T Westbrock  1-048196768th US OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
18. Browne vs J F Shaw 1-022196768th US OpenC00 French Defense
19. A Karklins vs Browne 1-052196768th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. J Davies vs Browne 0-146196768th US OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. Browne vs W A Scott 1-025196768th US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. E Formanek vs Browne 1-037196768th US OpenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. Browne vs D B Wade 1-041196768th US OpenB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. P Brandts vs Browne 0-153196768th US OpenA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
25. Browne vs Saidy ½-½47196768th US OpenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
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Feb-05-16  TheFocus: From <Mechanics Institute Newsletter #725>: From David Klinetrobe: <With Walter’s passing, I thought I would send you an interesting game we played at the 1992 Carroll Capps. Mike Goodall, the tournament director, sent it to George Koltanowski, who published it in one of his daily chess columns in the San Francisco Chronicle.>

Grunfeld Exchange D86
Walter Browne (2632)–David Klinetobe (2157)
22nd Carroll Capps Memorial (2) 1992

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 0–0 8.Ne2 Nc6

<Simagin’s treatment. In some lines Black can play for …e5, in addition to …c5.>


<White’s third most commonly-seen move here, after 9.0–0 and 9.Be3.>


<Here we see another idea behind the Simagin — the bishop is chased off the dangerous a2-g8 diagonal, albeit at the cost of decentralizing the knight.>

10.Bd3 b6

<The immediate 10...c5 is more popular.>

11.Qd2 c5 12.d5 f5 13.0–0

<13.Rd1 Pinter–Kaufeld, Dortmund 2001.>

13...fxe4 14.Bxe4 Nc4! 15.Qd3 Nd6

<Black’s knight has found a nice home.>

16.Ng3 a5

<16...Bb7 17.Rad1 Qd7 18.Rfe1 Rae8 was another, more solid approach.>

17.Rfe1 Ra7 18.Rad1 Ba6 19.Qc2 b5?

<19...Rd7 20.h4 Nxe4 21.Qxe4 Bxc3 22.Bxe7 Rxe7 23.Qxe7 Bxe1 24.Qxe1 Qd6 25.Ne4 Qe5 26.Qe3, intending d6, is just the sort of dynamic position that was Walter’s bread and butter in the Exchange Grunfeld and Queen’s Gambit Semi-Tarrasch. Still, this position might have offered Black more chances, as the text allows White a free hand on the kingside.>

20.h4! b4 21.h5 Bxc3 22.hxg6! Bxe1 23.gxh7+ Kh8 24.Rxe1 c4

<24...Nxe4 25.Qxe4 Qd6 26.Nf5 Qg6 27.Qe5+ Kxh7 28.Qh2+ Kg8 29.Nxe7+ winning.>

25.Bg6 Rd7 26.Nh5 Nf7 27.Bxf7 Rxf7 28.Qg6 Rxh7 29.Bf6+! 1–0.

Feb-05-16  TheFocus: From the <Mechanics Institute Newsletter #722>: <Walter Browne’s chess archives continue to bear fruit. Below are the four games of the first match between Walter and Jude Acers.

Walter writes in his book The Stress of Chess (page 26) about his adventures in the summer of 1967 (Walter was 18).

In August I took an all expenses paid trip to Atlanta to compete in the U.S. Open, courtesy of the USCF for coming second in the US Junior Closed. In a so-so performance I tied for fourth.

Afterwards I visited a friend in New Orleans and then got talked into hitching a ride ninety miles up to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the rain. On the way up my friend and I first got a ride from a trucker, quite likely a KKK member, who swore almost non-stop for a good thirty minutes, lamenting mostly of his hatred toward fellow human beings in the South. A few minutes later in the rain we get a ride from a black family that was so tranquil and low-key; it was a complete and highly appreciated change!

I stayed with my friend in what seemed like a mansion, a huge three-storey house in Baton Rouge. I met the infamous master and organizer/showman Jude Acers, who is an incredible character with boundless infectious energy. Jude and I ended up playing a four game match which I won handily: 4–0.

Here, for the first time, are the games of this USCF-rated match, played at a time control of 40 moves in 2 hours.>

Note: Walter’s scoresheets for games 1, 3 and 4 match the information provided in The Stress of Chess, but the fourth score is confusing. The other games are dated August 29 and 30, but this has August 27 written on it and ends in a draw. Unlike the other three games there is nothing on the scoresheet to indicate it was game two (although the colors match perfectly). No other scores between Walter and Jude from 1967 were found in Walter’s records. It seems quite possible this other scoresheet was game two and we have presented it below as such.

King’s Indian Attack A08
Walter Browne (2323)–Jude Acers (2300)
Baton Rouge (1) Aug 30, 1967

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.Ngf3 Ne7 7.0–0 Nbc6 8.Qe2 0–0 9.Re1 b5 10.e5 Nf5 11.c3 c4 12.d4 a5 13.Nf1 h6 14.Ne3 Nxe3 15.Bxe3 Bd7 16.h4 Qe7 17.Nh2 b4 18.Ng4 bxc3 19.bxc3 Kh7 20.Qd2 h5 21.Bg5 Qa3 22.Nf6+ Bxf6 23.exf6 Rfb8 24.Rab1 Qf8 25.Bf3 Rxb1 26.Rxb1 Rb8 27.Rxb8 Nxb8 28.Bxh5 gxh5 29.Qe2 Qh8 30.Bf4 e5 31.Qxh5+ Kg8 32.Qxe5 Be6 33.Qxb8+ Kh7 34.Qe5 Kg8 35.h5 Kh7 36.Qg5 Qf8 37.f3 a4 38.g4 Kh8 39.h6 Qg8 40.Qg7+ Qxg7 41.hxg7+ Kg8 42.Kf2 Bd7 43.Bd6 Bc8 44.Kg3 Bd7 45.f4 Bb5 46.f5 Bd7 47.Kf4 Bb5 48.Ke5 Bc6 49.Bb4 1–0

Sicilian Accelerated Dragon B35
Jude Acers (2300)–Walter Browne (2323)
Baton Rouge (2), August 30, 1967

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 Qa5 8.0–0 0–0 9.Bb3 Ng4 10.Qxg4 Nxd4 11.Qd1 Nc6 12.Bd2 Qd8 13.Bg5 d6 14.Qd2 Be6 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Bh6 Rc8 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Kh1 Qb6 19.f4 Qxb2 20.Rab1 Qa3 21.Rxb7 Rf7 22.Rf3 Qa6 23.Rb1 Qc4 24.a3 ½–½

King’s Indian A08
Walter Browne (2323)–Jude Acers (2300)
Baton Rouge (3), August 31, 1967

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.Ngf3 Nc6 7.0–0 Nge7 8.Qe2 0–0 9.Re1 b5 10.h4 c4 11.exd5 exd5 12.d4 Bg4 13.c3 Re8 14.Nf1 Qd7 15.Bf4 Nf5 16.Qd2 Rxe1 17.Rxe1 Re8 18.Rxe8+ Qxe8 19.N3h2 Be2 20.Bxd5 Nd8 21.Ne3 Bd3 22.Nxf5 Bxf5 23.Qe3 Ne6 24.Nf3 Qd7 25.Be4 Nxf4 26.Qxf4 Bxe4 27.Qxe4 f5 28.Qa8+ Bf8 29.Ne5 Qe6 30.Qxa7 f4 31.Qd7 Qxd7 32.Nxd7 Bd6 33.Nf6+ Kf7 34.Ne4 Be7 35.Kg2 fxg3 36.fxg3 Ke6 37.Kf3 b4 38.Nf2 b3 39.axb3 cxb3 40.Ne4 Kd5 41.Nd2 h5 42.Nxb3 g5 43.hxg5 Bxg5 44.Ke2 Be7 45.Nd2 Bd6 46.Kf3 Bf8 47.b3 Be7 48.Ne4 h4 49.gxh4 Bxh4 50.Ke3 Be7 51.c4+ Kc6 52.d5+ Kb6 53.Kd4 Ba3 54.c5+ Kb5 55.d6 Kc6 56.Kc4 Bb2 57.b4 Be5 58.b5+ Kb7 59.Kd5 Bh2 60.c6+ Kc8 61.b6 Bf4 62.b7+ Kb8 63.Nc5 1–0

Sicilian Richer Rauzer B66
Jude Acers (2300)–Walter Browne (2323)
Baton Rouge (4), August 31, 1967

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0–0–0 h6 9.Bh4 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Qxh4 11.Qe3 d5 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Qb6 Qf4+ 14.Kb1 Rb8 15.Qxc6+ Bd7 16.Qxa6 Qxe4 17.Qa7 Qb4 18.b3 Bc5 19.Qc7 Bd6 0–1

Feb-05-16  TheFocus: From the <Mechanics Institute Newsletter #721>: National Master <John Blackstone> of Las Vegas, who grew up in Saratoga, California, sends along the following game. John played for the United States in the Student Olympiad in 1968, where he made the excellent score of 5½ from 9 as second reserve.

<Going into the last round of the 1966 U.S. Junior Closed Walter Browne and Robert Wachtel were tied for first with scores of 4–2 and David Blohm of the Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club and Alan Baisley (then from Hatboro, Pennsylvania, but soon to study at UC Berkeley) were right behind at 3½. Walter came through in a must-win game that does not appear in his book The Stress of Chess.

Final scores: 1. Browne 5 (with one forfeit loss) 2-3. Wachtel and Blohm 4½. This was the first U.S. Junior Closed; prior to this there was only a U.S. Junior Open.>

Alan Baisley–Walter Browne
US Junior Closed, New York (7) 1966

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Kh1 0-0 9.f4 d6 10.g4 Nc6 11.Nxc6 Qxc6 12.g5 Ne8 13.f5 exf5 14.Nd5 Bd8 15.Qf3 Nc7 16.c4 b5 17.b3 bxc4 18.bxc4 Rb8 19.Bd2 Be6 20.Bc3 fxe4 21.Bxe4 Qxc4 22.Nxc7 Bxc7 23.Rad1 Rbe8 24.Rd4 Qc5 25.Rd5 Bxd5 26.Bxd5 Re7 27.Bf6 Re3 28.Qg2 Kh8 29.Bxf7 Bd8 30.Bb3 Qc7 31.Bd4 Rxf1+ 32.Qxf1 Re8 33.Bd5 Qe7 34.Bc3 Qc7 35.Bd4 Bxg5 0–1 (White lost on time).

Source: <Christian Science Monitor>, July 25, 1966 (page 11)

Feb-05-16  TheFocus: From the <Mechanics Institute Newsletter #717>: <Andy Ansel> sends along the following “lost” game, one of many played between Walter Browne and John Grefe.

Sicilian Taimanov B46
Walter Browne–John Grefe
Las Vegas March 15, 1973 (round 6)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 a6 6. g3 Nge7 7. Nb3 Na5 8.Qh5 Nec6 9. Bg2 Be7 10. O-O d6 11. Nxa5 Nxa5 12. e5 d5 13. Qg4 Kf8 14. Bf4 Bd7 15. Rad1 Rc8 16. Qh5 Rxc3 17. bxc3 Bb5 18. Rfe1 Bc4 19. Rd4 Kg8 20. Bh6 g6 21.Qg4 b5 22. Bh3 Qd7 23. Rf4 Nc6 24. Qf3 Nd8 25. Rb1 Qc7 26. Re1 a5 27. a3 a4 28.Bg4 Bxa3 29. Rxc4 bxc4 30. Qf6 Bf8 31. Bxf8 Kxf8 32. Qxh8+ Ke7 33. Qf6+ Ke8 34.Ra1 1-0

Feb-05-16  TheFocus: From the <Mechanics Institute Newsletter #716>: Richard Reich of Madison, Wisconsin, passes along the following previously unpublished game, which he recorded as it was played.

Sicilian Keres Attack B81
Walter Browne (2470 USCF)–Ken Smith (2411 USCF)
New York (Empire City Open round 5), October 10, 1971

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.g4 h6 7.g5 hxg5 8.Bxg5 Nc6 9.Qd2 a6 10.0–0–0 Qc7 11.f4 Bd7 12.h4 Be7 13.Bh3 0–0–0 14.f5 Nxd4 15.Qxd4 e5 16.Qg1 Bc6 17.Bg2 Kb8 18.Be3 Rdg8 19.Bb6 Qd7 20.Qe1 Rc8 21.Bf3 Ba4 22.Bf2 Bc6 23.Rg1 Rh7 24.Qe3 b5 25.a3 Qb7 26.Rd3 Nd7 27.Nd5 Bxd5 28.Rxd5 Rc6 29.Rd3 Nb6 30.b3 Qc7 31.Qd2 Nd7 32.Kb2 Nc5 33.Bxc5 Rxc5 34.h5 Rc6 35.Rg2 Bf6 36.a4 bxa4 37.Qb4+ Ka7 38.Qxa4 Rh8 39.Rdd2 Rc8 40.Kb1 Rc5 41.Be2 Ra5 42.Qc4 Qb7 43.Qd3 Rc6 44.Rg3 Qb4 45.c4 Ra3 46.Bd1 Ra5 47.Qc3 Qxc3

<Black offered a draw: “I think I have the best of it, but I’ll offer a draw.”>

48.Rxc3 Rac5 49.Rcd3 Bg5 50.Rb2 Bf6 51.Rh3 Rb6 52.h6 gxh6 53.Rxh6 Bd8 54.Rg2 Bc7 55.Kc2 a5 56.Rh8 Bb8 57.Kc3 Rc7 58.Rf8 Rbb7 59.Bh5 a4 60.bxa4 Re7 61.Rg7 d5 62.exd5 e4 63.Rfxf7 Be5+ 64.Kc2 Rxf7 65.Rxf7 Rxf7 66.Bxf7 Kb6 67.Be8 Kc5 68.Bb5

<After some garbling of the score, we have the correct position.>

68...Bd4 69.Kd2 Kd6 70.Ke2 Ke5 71.Bd7 Bb6 72.Be6 Bc5 73.a5 Bb4 74.a6 Bc5 75.d6 Kxd6 76.Bd5 e3 77.f6 Kc7 78.Kd3 Kb6 79.Bb7 Ka7 80.Bf3 Kxa6 81.Ke4 Ka5 82.Kd5 Kb4 83.Be2 Bf8 84.Bf1 Bc5 85.Kc6 Bf8 86.Kd7 Kc3 87.Ke8 Bc5 88.f7 Kd2 89.f8Q Bxf8 90.Kxf8 Ke1 91.Bh3 Kd2 92.Bg4 1–0

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  HeMateMe: I just go a hold of his book, The Stress of Chess. Very good. He has about one hundred pages of bio material, along with 100 annotated games. Very interesting, fun stuff.

He knew Fischer pretty well. Tells of them playing baseball in Central Park, then walking down to the west village for Orange juice, THEN walking up to the upper east side of Manhattan. that's a good 13 miles of walking. Fischer liked to walk. They played a lot of Blitz.

Browne mentions the Nice Olympiad, 1974. He was playing someone (petrosian?) and had sacked a piece, with good winning chances. Then, Robert Byrne, team captain, approaches and asks for a "package draw." Browne had never heard of this before. Apparently Reshevksy wanted to draw his game, but it would only happen if Browne could be persuaded to also let his game be drawn--a package deal.

He was playing in a super GM event in Milan, with Karpov, Petrosian, Tal, Ljubo and a bunch of other big names. This was some sort of tournament that was played as an elimination event. Tal and Browne were knocked out of the advancement rounds, so they started playing blitz in the press room. Pretty soon so many spectators were leaving the main playing hall to watch the blitz that the head organizer approached Tal and Browne and asked to stop playing.

A lot of good stories. He has an 89 move draw with Fischer in the book. The computers have found a winning line for him in this game, near the end.

Nov-02-16  optimal play: Walter Browne was the 1969 Australian Chess Champion.

Browne turned 20 during that tournament which was played in Melbourne from 27th December 1968 to 15th January 1969

He finished clear 1st on 13/15 [+11/=04/-00]

The championship consisted of 24 players in a 15 round Swiss format.

Since none of his games from that tournament appear in his database, I've submitted a few of them for the record.

For example this was the game he played on his 20th birthday...

[Event "Australian Championship"]
[Site "Melbourne, Australia"]
[Date "1969.01.10"]
[Round "11.1"]
[White "Browne, Walter Shawn"]
[Black "Basta, Emanuel Adolph"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C97"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventDate "1968.12.27"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "15"]
[EventCountry "AUS"]
[SourceDate "2007.10.17"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 Na5 9. Bc2 c5 10. d4 Qc7 11. h3 Bd7 12. Nbd2 Rc8 13. dxe5 dxe5 14. Nf1 O-O 15. Ne3 Rcd8 16. Qe2 Rfe8 17. Nf5 Bf8 18. Bg5 Qb6 19. Ne3 h6 20. Nd5 Qc6 21. Bxf6 gxf6 22. Nh4 Bg7 23. Rad1 Kf8 24. Qh5 Nc4 25. Rd3 f5 26. exf5 Nxb2 27. Rf3 e4 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Rxe4 Qxd5 30. Ng6+ fxg6 31. fxg6+ Qf5 32. Rxf5+ Bxf5 33. Qxf5+ Kg8 34. Qf7+ 1-0

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Browne's record of games in the 1969 Australian Chess Championship is as follows:

round 1 (1968.12.27) Arthur Gustav Teters vs Walter Shawn Browne 0-1

round 2 (1968.12.28) Walter Shawn Browne vs Paul Dozsa 1-0

round 3 (1968.12.30) Walter Shawn Browne vs Douglas Gibson Hamilton 1-0

round 4 (1968.12.31) Olgerts Bergmanis vs Walter Shawn Browne 0-1

round 5 (1969.01.02) Willem Johannes Geus vs Walter Shawn Browne 0-1

round 6 (1969.01.03) Walter Shawn Browne vs John Spencer Purdy ½-½

round 7 (1969.01.04) Michael Woodhams vs Walter Shawn Browne ½-½

round 8 (1969.01.06) Walter Shawn Browne vs Noel Gregory Craske 1-0

round 9 (1969.01.07) Alfred Flatow vs Walter Shawn Browne ½-½

round 10 (1969.01.08) Peter Johnson vs Walter Shawn Browne 0-1

round 11 (1969.01.10) Walter Shawn Browne vs Emanuel Adolph Basta 1-0

round 12 (1969.01.11) Walter Shawn Browne vs Karlis Alexander Ozols 1-0

round 13 (1969.01.13) Walter Shawn Browne vs Lloyd Stanley Fell 1-0

round 14 (1969.01.14) Gerd Niess vs Walter Shawn Browne 0-1

round 15 (1969.01.15) Otto Weber vs Walter Shawn Browne ½-½

Browne's progress score was as follows:- 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 5.5 6.0 7.0 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5 11.5 12.5 13.0

His victory in this championship earned him the right to represent Australia at the 1969 Asian Zonal tournament.

Jan-02-17  Helios727: How did Browne develop a Brooklyn accent if he spent at least the first 20 years of his life in Australia? Did he travel back and forth between both places during those years?
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  perfidious: <Helios727: How did Browne develop a Brooklyn accent if he spent at least the first 20 years of his life in Australia?>

Contrary to what the bio above implies, he did not live solely in Australia until age 20-21; Browne spent most of his teenage years, and probably longer than that, in New York; no doubt a poster such as <optimal play> knows far more than I do about it all.

Jan-03-17  Granny O Doul: <Helios727: How did Browne develop a Brooklyn accent if he spent at least the first 20 years of his life in Australia?>

Maybe he took a correspondence course.

Jan-03-17  optimal play: <Maybe he took a correspondence course.>


In actual fact he was born in Australia but grew up in the USA, hence his accent.

I believe he had dual citizenship due to an Australian mother and American father.

And I notice those 1969 games still haven't appeared yet!

Jan-03-17  Howard: Browne was the son of a Wall Street businessman, in fact. Incidentally, he did temporarily move back to Australia in the late 1960's, but he returned to the U.S. roughly about 1972.

He also won the U.S. junior championship in 1966, despite forfeiting his first round game.

Jan-10-17  Marmot PFL: The US had the stronger chess culture but it was possible for Browne to be top board for Australia, while the US had Fischer, Reshevsky, Evans, Benko, Lombardy, Byrne, Kavalek, Mednis etc.
Jan-21-17  zanzibar: There looks to be a detailed, and informative article/interview on Browne from the 1982 Chicago tournament:

<May 10, 1982
A Publisher Extra Newspaper
Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois · Page 56>

I don't have full access, here's a few snippets put out for general reading:

He's a quote from his Dad talking about the very young Walter Jr. (looks like the fact that he was a Jr. is often overlooked):

<"He started playing when he was 8. I used to play him on Sundays while reading the paper. I'd read, make a move, read, make a move. By the time he was 12 I had to put the paper away. After that I was dead. By 14, he was the youngest Master in the country. Now sometimes I say, 'How about a friendly game with your dad?' He finishes me off in a minute or so. I've watched him play speed chess, five minutes a game, against lots of opponents at once. He'll beat one, then another, then another, reeling them in like fish.">

Walter Jr.'s competitive attitude shows up here:

<SOMETIMES BROWNE plays the opening moves, usually a time of great deliberation, very fast.

"So he thinks your plan is working."

He has, on occasion, been in a position to win a tournament by securing merely a draw in a game against a less highly rated opponent. With apparently nothing to gain and much to lose, he has refused the draw and thrashed the opponent. Why? "It's to punish him," Browne said. "We'll meet again. I want his confidence destroyed.">

On Bobby Fischer:

<"What would I do?" they thought. "What will he do'" Browne is amused that university professors talk with him in awe about his games Browne is not a college grad. There are two million chess federation members in Russia, 50,000 in America. Many of those Americans are AF, after Fischer Bobby Fischer was the Picasso of chess Browne played him to a draw in their only meeting

"I could have beaten him. I think, but I thought I'd settle for a draw and get him next time, not knowing, of course, that he'd retire".

Browne said of Fischer. "It was like being a violinist and having the greatest violinist of all time alive in your lifetime." He also said, in 1974. "Fischer is god; but I am the devil." >

Apr-22-17  docbenway: Reading The Stress of Chess now and enjoying it but it's unfortunate he didn't have the assistance of an active editor. I doubt the people he listed as "infamous" really were, and I also doubt his "endearing memory" of playing blitz in Europe really was. This in the first few pages. RIP
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  Stonehenge: Against two world champions :)

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  Richard Taylor: <The Focus> Did you play Walter Browne at one stage? Some interesting games here. Browne was younger than I by one year about. I think that Ewen Green of NZ flatted with him in Europe in the 70s. Well he was clearly very good for sure.


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  Richard Taylor: I just had a quick look at Seirawan's comment quoted in 'The Stress of Chess'...

I know there are players who get into time trouble trying to see everything. What is really scary are players like Browne who get into time pressure and then play, as Seirawan says, like "cobra"'s....

Looks like an interesting book. I am interested in the psychology of chess struggle almost more than the games (although of course they are important!).

Jan-10-19  Ironmanth: RIP, Walter.
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  fm avari viraf: RIP eternally!
Jan-10-19  Murky: I used to work for Walter Browne, putting together his magazine, 'Blitz Chess' at his home in the Berkeley hills. Over several months I got to know Walter well. His competitive streak was his stand-out trait. In time pressure at the chessboard he could pour on a mental intensity and dominance that was dramatic. He'd grimace, constantly check the clock, calculate with depth, move pieces at light speed, and then defeat his opponents. I watched him defeat both Georghiu and Lombardy in this fashion, with only seconds left on his clock. It was as if his metabolism was operating at twice the speed of a normal human being. Some players felt his intensity verged on unsportsmanlike behavior, as if his 'antics' were a deliberate attempt to frustrate his opponents. Even I was delighted once to watch Robert Byrne demolish Browne at a Los Angeles tournament many years ago. The contrast of watching Byrne's calm demeanor defeating Browne's hyperactivity was delightful. One story I heard second hand has Walter Browne at a Los Angeles tournament in time pressure when a cat saunters up to his table and starts rubbing up against his leg. Next thing people see is Walter launching the cat into airborne status across the room, as if he was shooing away a fly. Away from the chessboard (however infrequent that was) his quirks of personality were not an issue. He may have been intrinsically high strung, but at least with me was always civil, had good humor, and kept good company. I did get a demonstration once of how sharp his mind really was. As I was assembling his magazine, Blitz Chess, Browne would check the scores of games without using a chessboard. He'd spot an occasional mistake in game scores just via sight reading, and make corrections on the fly. So Goodbye Walter Browne! I remember you well.
Jan-10-19  zanzibar: One of the small pleasures of <CG> is reading first-hand accounts such as the above.

Thanks for sharing <Murky>.

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  mckmac: <Zanzibar> I'll second that.

<Murky: ...One story I heard second hand has Walter Browne at a Los Angeles tournament in time pressure when a cat saunters up to his table and starts rubbing up against his leg. Next thing people see is Walter launching the cat into airborne status across the room, as if he was shooing away a fly...> Brilliant!

Jan-11-19  Petrosianic: <"I could have beaten him. I think, but I thought I'd settle for a draw and get him next time, not knowing, of course, that he'd retire".>

It's true that he had chances to win that game, but only Browne thought that he deliberately chose not to win it.

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  keypusher: <Petrosianic> yeah, for bad excuses for not beating someone, that’s up there with Tarrasch blaming the sea air when he was 200 miles inland.
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