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Walter Shawn Browne
Number of games in database: 1,411
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2433 (2428 rapid, 2409 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2590

Overall record: +526 -320 =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) 
    B45 B47 B43 B42 B90
 King's Indian (71) 
    E97 E94 E81 E80 E62
 Ruy Lopez (58) 
    C94 C95 C69 C78 C72
 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 E17 E19
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E32 E41 E42 E21 E53
 Queen's Pawn Game (53) 
    A46 A45 E00 D01 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
   O Sarapu vs Browne, 1972 0-1
   Browne vs Robert E Byrne, 1977 1-0
   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)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978)
   Madrid (1973)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)

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

   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 1,411  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. Soltis vs Browne  1-0341965New YorkC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
4. Fred M Howard vs Browne  0-123196667th US OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Browne vs B Hochberg  1-047196667th US OpenD80 Grunfeld
6. L Jackson vs Browne 1-047196667th US OpenD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. Browne vs J Wolfe  1-022196667th US OpenA56 Benoni Defense
8. Browne vs R Bond  1-024196667th US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
9. Browne vs Juris Ozols  ½-½72196667th US OpenC00 French Defense
10. B Sperling vs Browne  0-129196667th US OpenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Browne vs J B Kelly 1-032196667th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. P O'Gorman vs Browne  0-148196667th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
13. J Hanken vs Browne  ½-½44196667th US OpenA05 Reti Opening
14. W Goichberg vs Browne  ½-½51196667th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. T Weinberger vs Browne  0-1411967Santa Monica Masters InvitationalB89 Sicilian
16. S Sloan vs Browne 1-0491967American OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. B Sperling vs Browne 0-128196768th US OpenA48 King's Indian
18. Browne vs J T Westbrock  1-048196768th US OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
19. Browne vs J F Shaw 1-022196768th US OpenC00 French Defense
20. A Karklins vs Browne 1-052196768th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
21. J Davies vs Browne 0-146196768th US OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. Browne vs W A Scott 1-025196768th US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. E Formanek vs Browne 1-037196768th US OpenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. Browne vs D B Wade 1-041196768th US OpenB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. P Brandts vs Browne 0-153196768th US OpenA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
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  Joshka: uhhh...lots of "luck" in card chess you are only lucky if your opponent blunders;-)
Jan-10-07  weary willy: "The fidgiest player on earth" - Tony Miles
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  tpstar: Friendly note to the Biographer:

1) Please change "Among his international successes, are" to "His international successes include first place" etc.

2) Please edit "competes with success" into "successfully competes" as it presently reads like he is competing against success. Since you just used "successes" anyway, maybe "is still competitive in top-level tournaments" works even better.

Thank you. =)

Jan-10-07  euripides: 'still competitive' would be ambiguous, particularly in Browne's case.
Jan-10-07  malthrope: Hey old buddy...


And, many more! ;-)

Your old chess friend, - Mal

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  WannaBe: That's a dang nice picture. :-) I like it!
Jan-17-07  Resignation Trap: I'm concentrating on GM Browne this month, I've already located some of his games from 1964.
May-04-07  Marmot PFL: Hard to reconcile that photo of browne with the gray hair and glasses with my memories of the young Browne of the '70s. At that time I think his aspiration was to be the new Fischer, at least in the West, and that accounts for his often disturbing behavior. Very strong in US chess but didn't seem to do so well internationally as Seirawan or Christiansen for example.
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  chancho: I've heard of Browne throwing himself to the floor to do push-ups during a game of chess. The guy is intense.
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  zapzowie: Watching him play in time pressure is quite a show. I wish they would put his brilliant 1972 US Open win against Bent Larsen in this game collection.
Aug-07-07  nescio: <zapzowie> I don't quite understand what you wish. It's this game you mean, don't you: Browne vs Larsen, 1972
Aug-07-07  Strongest Force: I hear many chessplayers are playing more poker these days. They say it's possible to make an easy 80-100k a year. Some IM from Texas...i think his name was Ken Smith, was a world champ at poker and might have been the one to get Browne interested. I remember they were in NYC alot and both liked to play g/5 for lots of money. There was a fancy highrise building on e. 57th st. where all the high-rollers in chess, poker and bridge liked to throw some heavy money around.
Aug-07-07  savagerules:

Heres a photo of Walter at the poker table in June 2007 in Vegas where he came in second place in a tourney and won $131,790.00, I think he was also playing in a chess tournament at the same time.

Aug-08-07  stanleys: <Walter is a six-time Chess grand Master>

Anyone could translate this?

Aug-08-07  Petrosianic: It means "6-time US Champion". The writer didn't know anything about chess.
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  Benzol: Another player biography that was greatly edited from what was originally written. IIRC the first sentence is still the original input but everything after isn't from my keyboard at all.


Feb-11-08  percyblakeney: On the subject of the accelerating number of GM's, Kasparov refers to Browne's mentioning that when he got the GM title, in 1970, only two players were given it the same year: "And they weren't sure about the other guy" (Karpov).
Feb-11-08  Riverbeast: <I hear many chessplayers are playing more poker these days.>

Oh yes, you hear right...Most of them figure, if I can win at chess, I can win at THIS game, and make a lot more money!

Someone who knows Browne told me a story...I don't know if it's true...Browne apparently used to offer to buy any of his opponents dinner right before the game....He figured the digestion during the game would inhibit their concentration.

Just in case the story's true, if you're ever paired with Browne, and you think you're going to lose anyway (and you're hungry), ask him to blow you to a steak dinner of a nice fat hamburger. He can probably afford it.

Feb-23-08  jovack: he reminded me of Stan Lee for a second there
Aug-01-08  madlydeeply: I thought Walter Brown was a WC Candidate as well? Its not in the biography. Didn't he play a candidates match? That's one level below WC, the way I order things in my little brain... I can't believe that he plays poker... well except the money is good and all... but even though those poker pros think highly of their "intellects"... poker is a highfalutin' game of Rock/Scissors/Paper compared to Chess.
Aug-01-08  Petrosianic: No, he never did. He never did very well in the Interzonal.
Aug-21-08  Caissanist: <Someone who knows Browne told me a story...I don't know if it's true...Browne apparently used to offer to buy any of his opponents dinner right before the game....He figured the digestion during the game would inhibit their concentration. >

I remember Browne saying this in an interview in Chess Life & Review, I think it was in 1977.

Aug-21-08  AnalyzeThis: He reminds me of Paul Newman's character, Eddie Felson, in "The Color of Money".
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  GrahamClayton: <Ken McGillivray>In 1969 on a visit to the land of his birth he won the Australian national title; the only time he has ever played in this event.

Browne returned to Australia so that he could win the Australian title and qualify for the Asian zonal tournament.

Source: Anthony Wright "Australian International Chess: 1946 - 1972". Melbourne, 2001

Jan-03-09  Interbond: Here is a blitz game Walter lost yto a norwegian matwere player Řyvind Weberg.(See Fischer's forum for a simul game he played against Fischer in 1970 and got a draw)

I'am not sure what year the gae was played ,but Browne had just then become US jr champion.

Walter Browne-Řyvind Weberg blitz Manhattan Chess Club

1,e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 Nf6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Ng4 14.h3 Qh4 15.Qf3 Nxf2 16.Bd2 Bxh3 17.gxh3 Nxh3+ 18.Kf1 g5 19.Re4 Bf4 20.Bxf4 gxf4 21.Nd2 Kh8 22.Re5 Rg8 23.Rh5 Rg1+ 24.Ke2 Re8+ 25.Kd3 Re3+ 26.Kc2 Qd8 27.Rxh7+ Kxh7 28.Qh5+ Kg7 29.Rxg1+ Nxg1 30.Qg4+ Kh6 31.Qxg1 f5 32.Qf2 Qg5 33.Nf1 Rh3 34.Bd5 Qh4 35.Qxh4+ Txh4 and Browne run out of time 0-1

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