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Michael A Brooks
M Brooks 

Number of games in database: 163
Years covered: 1979 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2335
Highest rating achieved in database: 2511
Overall record: +75 -39 =49 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B72 B33 B57 B32 B92
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C69 C62 C68 C67 C92
 French Defense (9) 
    C19 C18 C00 C10 C02
 Sicilian Najdorf (8) 
    B92 B93 B99 B96 B90
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (6) 
    C69 C68
 French Winawer (6) 
    C19 C18
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (21) 
    E94 E73 E67 E92 E84
 Sicilian (12) 
    B90 B92 B52 B96 B40
 Sicilian Najdorf (7) 
    B90 B92 B96 B95
 French Defense (5) 
    C15 C07 C02 C01
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C92 C66 C87
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E40 E34 E25 E42
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Brooks vs J Veal, 2001 1-0
   M Brooks vs T Braunlich, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Robson vs M Brooks, 2009 0-1
   M Brooks vs T Patton, 2003 1-0
   M Brooks vs B Dennison Jr, 2001 1-0
   E Tate vs M Brooks, 1989 0-1
   M Brooks vs T Patton, 2001 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USA Masters (1990)
   New York Open (1995)
   US Championship (2009)
   82nd US Open (1981)
   New York Open (1990)
   Lone Pine Open (1981)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2003 NAO - Oklahoma by gauer

   🏆 St Louis Winter IM
   J Banawa vs M Brooks (Feb-20-17) 1-0
   M Brooks vs S Homa (Nov-18-16) 1/2-1/2
   Niemann vs M Brooks (Jun-10-16) 1/2-1/2
   S Homa vs M Brooks (Jun-08-16) 1/2-1/2
   M Brooks vs L Bregadze (Nov-29-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-17-1961, 62 years old) United States of America

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FIDE awarded the International Master title to Michael Alan Brooks in 1989. He is a six-time Missouri State champion, and five times was the runner-up on tiebreaks, most recently in 2003. He tied for first place in the inaugural Midwest Masters Tournament in 1982, and tied for second in that event in 1989. He won the 1988 National Open on tiebreaks over GMs Mikhail Tal, Sergey Kudrin, and Leonid Shamkovich, and IMs James Rizzitano and Calvin Blocker. In 1994, he won the North American Open in Las Vegas.

He is a regular player at the Westport Chess Club in Kansas City.

Last updated: 2020-12-24 11:50:28

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 163  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Brooks vs Kudrin  1-026197980th US OpenA13 English
2. V McCambridge vs M Brooks  1-026197980th US OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. M Brooks vs E Richards 1-0121980KansasC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
4. M Brooks vs L Day 0-12819808th World OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
5. A Kuligowski vs M Brooks  0-1461981Lone Pine OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. M Brooks vs Shamkovich ½-½411981Lone Pine OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
7. M Brooks vs A Lein  0-1441981Lone Pine OpenB15 Caro-Kann
8. I Ivanov vs M Brooks  1-0391981Lone Pine OpenE92 King's Indian
9. M Brooks vs D J Strauss  1-0411981Lone Pine OpenC18 French, Winawer
10. Dzindzichashvili vs M Brooks 0-1631981Lone Pine OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. M Brooks vs Y Gruenfeld  0-1361981Lone Pine OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
12. J Arnason vs M Brooks  1-0381981Lone Pine OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. J Peters vs M Brooks  ½-½391981Lone Pine OpenB50 Sicilian
14. M Brooks vs R Anderson  1-034198182nd US OpenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
15. M Brooks vs M Khatena  ½-½50198182nd US OpenB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
16. W Batchelder vs M Brooks  0-135198182nd US OpenE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
17. M Brooks vs Browne 0-1251982United StatesB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
18. M Brooks vs E Schiller  ½-½5019821st Midwest Masters InvitationalC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
19. M Brooks vs A Bisguier  0-1241986New York OpenC67 Ruy Lopez
20. A Karklins vs M Brooks  0-1191986Midwest Masters opB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
21. Kudrin vs M Brooks  1-0351987Columbus Cardinal opB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. M Brooks vs N McDonald 1-0181987St LouisB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
23. D Gurevich vs M Brooks  ½-½64198816th World OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
24. I Ivanov vs M Brooks  1-043198816th World OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
25. E Formanek vs M Brooks 0-1291988STW Open Long BeachC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-16-07  Aleking: Three cheers for IM Brooks!

Thought I would open the kibitz comments on Mike Brooks.

Growing up in KC... He was the Man! Always enjoy looking up his games.

Aug-16-07  DanielBryant: He's still a regular at the Westport Chess Club in Kansas City.
Mar-03-08  parmetd: um 1866? pretty sure thats a typo for 1966. Unless brooks is 142 years old.

But yea I grew up in KC too :) three cheers for KC.

May-14-09  BIDMONFA: Michael A Brooks

BROOKS, Michael A.

Jan-07-10  Klunk: He should have moved to Europe 20 years ago and he would have been a GM. Wasted his best years on worthless open tournaments playing fishes.
Apr-17-10  wordfunph: IM Brooks with victories over Dzindzi, Kuligowski, Reshevsky, McDonald, Rizzitano...a GM-strength maybe.
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  GrahamClayton: Elected to the Missouri Chess Hall of Fame in 2003:

Michael Brooks has been a FIDE International Master since 1989 and has had many of his games published in Chess Life. Space does not permit listing all his accomplishments, but since 1981 he has been the Missouri state champion six times, and lost out on five other occasions due only to tie-breaks. In 1982 Mike tied for first place in the first annual Midwest Masters tournament in Chicago, and in 1989 he tied for second in this event with a score of 5-1/2 to 2-1/2, defeating IGM Eduard Gufeld and drawing with IGM Sergei Kudrin. His performance in this event was the subject of an article in the August, 1989 issue of Chess Life, featuring Michael's picture and two annotated games. He was one of 16 players in the field competing for the 1990 U.S. Championship. In 1994 Mike won the North American Open in Las Vegas, with wins against IGMs Alex Yermolinsky and Smbat Lputian. His highest achieved USCF rating was 2630. In the 2003 Missouri Open Championship Mike scored a last-round draw with IGM Pavel Blatny; this game and his others from that event are annotated in the Winter 2004 issue of the Missouri Chess Bulletin. Mike resides in the Kansas City area and is a supporting member of the Westport Chess Club.

May-29-13  Fiona Macleod: Don't judge the brooks by their beavers.
May-27-15  TheFocus: <In chess as in backgammon the game boils down to a race. In chess not only is there the race to queen a pawn but there is also the race of the attack. One more defensive move and there is no more attack or one more advance and there is no defense> - Mike Brooks.
Apr-17-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Michael Brooks.
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  FSR: From Robert Byrne's April 5, 1988 <New York Times> column:

<Six players tied for first place in the National Open Tournament at the Holiday Inn O'Hare in Chicago.

They were the grandmasters Mikhail Tal of the Soviet Union, Sergey Kudrin of Stamford, Conn., and Leonid Shamkovich of Brooklyn; the international masters James Rizzitano of Chicago and Calvin Blocker of Cleveland, and Michael Brooks, a Kansas City, Mo., master.

Each winner scored 5 1/2- 1/2 in the six-round, 380-player, Swiss-system competition and each was awarded a $1,417 slice of the prize fund.

Brooks, in virtue of his superior tiebreak points, also received the Edmondson Cup. This was his first major tournament victory.>

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