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Walter Browne
Number of games in database: 1,629
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2433 (2428 rapid, 2409 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2590

Overall record: +633 -347 =632 (58.9%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (122) 
    B43 B32 B45 B47 B42
 Queen's Indian (112) 
    E12 E15 E17 E18 E19
 King's Indian (76) 
    E97 E94 E81 E80 E60
 Ruy Lopez (67) 
    C94 C95 C69 C72 C98
 Modern Benoni (49) 
    A70 A57 A56 A61 A79
 Grunfeld (37) 
    D86 D85 D87 D91 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (279) 
    B99 B90 B92 B22 B98
 Sicilian Najdorf (156) 
    B99 B90 B92 B98 B93
 Queen's Indian (88) 
    E15 E12 E14 E19 E17
 English, 1 c4 c5 (83) 
    A30 A34 A36 A37 A32
 Nimzo Indian (73) 
    E41 E32 E42 E21 E53
 Queen's Pawn Game (59) 
    A46 A45 E00 A41 D04
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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 R Byrne, 1977 1-0
   O Sarapu vs Browne, 1972 0-1
   Van der Wiel vs Browne, 1980 0-1
   Browne vs B Zuckerman, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   72nd US Open (1971)
   Venice (1971)
   Lone Pine (1974)
   Siegen Olympiad Final-B (1970)
   United States Championship (1974)
   Reykjavik (1978)
   Hoogovens (1974)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)
   69th US Open (1968)
   Amsterdam IBM (1971)
   Hoogovens (1980)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-C (1972)
   10th Costa del Sol (1970)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   67th US Open (1966)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Banja Luka 1979 by webbing1947
   Las Palmas 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Banja Luka 1979 by suenteus po 147
   Hoogovens 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1974 by suenteus po 147
   Madrid 1973 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni

   I E Shliahtin vs Browne, 1993

   🏆 National Open
   Niemann vs Browne (Jun-20-15) 0-1
   Browne vs D Ragnarsson (Mar-12-14) 1-0
   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

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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 66; games 1-25 of 1,639  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. Browne vs W Lukowiak 1-0191964USA Amateur chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. C Steir vs Browne  0-1251964New York jr chB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
5. Browne vs A Soltis 0-1351964New York jr chC01 French, Exchange
6. A Soltis vs Browne 1-0341965Marshall CC tC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
7. Browne vs J Sherwin  0-1311965Marshall CC chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
8. C F Rehberg vs Browne  0-1331966Marshall CC chD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. F M Howard vs Browne  0-123196667th US OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Browne vs B Hochberg  1-047196667th US OpenD80 Grunfeld
11. L Jackson vs Browne 1-047196667th US OpenD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. Browne vs J Wolfe  1-022196667th US OpenA56 Benoni Defense
13. Browne vs R M Bond  1-024196667th US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
14. Browne vs Juris Ozols  ½-½72196667th US OpenC00 French Defense
15. B Sperling vs Browne  0-129196667th US OpenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Browne vs J B Kelly 1-032196667th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. P O'Gorman vs Browne  0-148196667th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
18. J Hanken vs Browne  ½-½44196667th US OpenA05 Reti Opening
19. W Goichberg vs Browne  ½-½51196667th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. S Sloan vs Browne 1-0491967American OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
21. S Matera vs Browne  0-1401967US Junior ChA61 Benoni
22. B Sperling vs Browne 0-128196768th US OpenA48 King's Indian
23. Browne vs J T Westbrock  1-048196768th US OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
24. Browne vs J F Shaw 1-022196768th US OpenC00 French Defense
25. A Karklins vs Browne 1-052196768th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
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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>.

Jan-11-19  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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  HeMateMe: what would a cat be doing in a chess tournament hall? Some starving chess player had cat food in his back pack? Let's not go there...
Jan-10-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Browne wasn't just a jerk during time pressure. I still remember him screaming insults at Anthony Saidy when they were analyzing a position between rounds. "You know nothing about endgames, Saidy!" This was when I was a kid. Browne was basically the only grandmaster I thought badly of.
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  saffuna: <He'd grimace, constantly check the clock, calculate with depth, move pieces at light speed, and then defeat his opponents. >

There was more to it from that, if the videos I've seen are to be believed.

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Amazing how the nodding stops when he realizes he's in trouble....

Feb-16-21  Caissanist: If the Daily Mail is to be believed, Larry Kaufman says that the Benny Watts character in <Queens Gambit> was based on Browne:
Feb-16-21  Granny O Doul: I'd heard that same suggestion from Maxim Dlugy a while back. He may have got it from Kaufman. Anyway, it could be true, I suppose.
Feb-16-21  savagerules: I remember a last round at a Swiss tournament Browne was in his usual time pressure in a complicated position and he had his hands over his ears (probably to stop the non- existent noise in the room), furiously rocking back and forth, looking at the board then at the clock, then at the board, then at the clock, then a flurry of moves and illegible writing and he claims time control has been reached. Then he talks loudly to the arbiter (who is probably a C player at best) who is checking the score sheet while other games are still going on and Browne has to be hushed by other players that are still playing to keep his voice no effect.
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  monopole2313: <Murky> Did he have a gray Porsche? Many years ago I was crossing the street at Lawrence Hall of Science, and I thought I saw him driving up the hill.
Mar-19-21  Spinifex2222: As a 17 year old in 1971, I had a draw against Browne in a simul at the Roselands mall in Sydney. A news report of the event, with some interesting background on the youthful Browne, can be found here: albeit it glosses over the fact that Browne did not defeat everyone! As Browne points out in the article, the conditions were very-sub-optimal. The boards were set-up at the base of several escalators, with throngs of shoppers milling about, and music and announcements blaring out continually. In our game, Browne blundered a minor piece early in the game, to his great annoyance, and I was somehow able to hang on until he offered the draw. He pointed out quite politely that the game was inevitably heading to that conclusion.
Apr-07-21  J. Adoube: Murky - is there anywhere one can go to get back issues of Blitz Chess? As I recall the annotations were (before computers) incredibly interesting.
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  perfidious: I have never seen back numbers of the magazine available, and I agree as a longtime subscriber; there was some interesting stuff in them.
Jan-10-22  Murky: <monopole2313> Nope; never saw Browne in a gray Porsche.

<J. Adoube> I've got duplicates of issues #1 and #2. You want 'em? I'll need a contact email.

When the first issue of Blitz Chess went into print in May 1988, Browne hosted a chess party at his home in Berkeley hills. DeFirmian, Dlugy, Grefe, and a number of other people were present. Someone produced a hand written letter, allegedly written by Fischer, and sections of the letter were read aloud. Some of the text sounded a bit crazed, with accusations of one sort or another being leveled. I commented that it was good to hear that Fischer was alive and well. As best I recall DeFirmian replied, "Alive, but not necessarily well."

Jan-10-22  HartmannGBamberg: Hello J. Adoube,
could you please send me the Blitz Chess duplicates #1 and #2. Many thanks in advance.
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