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Alex Dunne
Number of games in database: 66
Years covered: 1964 to 2005
Last FIDE rating: 2218
Highest rating achieved in database: 2256
Overall record: +25 -32 =9 (44.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-03-1942, 80 years old) United States of America

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Radojcic vs A Dunne  1-034196465th US OpenB01 Scandinavian
2. A Dunne vs O Popovych  ½-½42196465th US OpenE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
3. W J Adam vs A Dunne  0-1741976WellsboroE81 King's Indian, Samisch
4. A Dunne vs K Plesset 0-1211976New York State ChampionshipC00 French Defense
5. Henley vs A Dunne 1-0161977World OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
6. A Dunne vs J Hoffman  1-0311978?B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. W J Adam vs A Dunne  0-1441978RochesterB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. A Dunne vs J Berry  1-0241978NAICCC IIIB33 Sicilian
9. W J Adam vs A Dunne  1-0391978SyracuseB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. S Knaus vs A Dunne  0-1321979?C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. W J Adam vs A Dunne  ½-½151979Rochester000 Chess variants
12. W J Adam vs A Dunne  ½-½151979RochesterC26 Vienna
13. A Dunne vs T Taylor  1-0331980RochesterC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
14. W J Adam vs A Dunne  0-1281980RochesterA07 King's Indian Attack
15. J L McAleer vs A Dunne  1-0201983corrA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
16. I Rogers vs A Dunne  1-0311986It Philadelphia (USA)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. A Dunne vs P Deatherage  0-1321989Horowitz memC34 King's Gambit Accepted
18. A Dunne vs Sherzer  0-128198917th World OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. D Gurevich vs A Dunne  1-028199018th World OpenA90 Dutch
20. A Dunne vs K Shirazi  1-059199018th World OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. B Justice vs A Dunne 1-0271990Postal-TourneyB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. A Domenden vs A Dunne  1-0291991ch-APTB IB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. A I Woldmo vs A Dunne  1-0411991ch-APTB IB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
24. S Capp vs A Dunne 1-0341991Syracuse Super OpenC56 Two Knights
25. A Dunne vs S Getz  0-129199220th World OpenB20 Sicilian
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Jul-22-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: I am surprised there is no kibitzing on this page. Alex Dunne is the author of "How to Become a Candidate Master", an instructional book that uses illustrative games between CMs and First Category players. I expected that this book would be better known.
Jul-22-04  Zembla: <Jesuitic Calvinist> Isn't that the book with a seperate answer guide you had to buy? That's kind of annoying.
Jul-22-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Yes. I think the book was originally written as a "make you think" exercise with questions and often no answers. The "answer book" was done later, in response to reader requests. The book probably works pretty well as originally intended, but if you wanted all the answers, then yes it would be a bit annoying to have to buy another book with the answers.
Jul-28-04  dac1990: I am currently being instructed by this guy in chess camp.
Jul-29-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: dac, how are you finding the teaching?
Jul-29-04  dac1990: Since that really does not give a specific question given its grammatical context, I will answer both ways:

1. (How his teaching is) He's a brilliant teacher. He's patient, and knows his stuff.

2. (How I physically locate the teaching) The Rochester Chess Center is running advanced chess camp (Go Rochester!) which happens to have Alex Dunne. Since I fufill the age requirement, I get nice lessons which cost quite a bit. Plus an extra five rated games a week.

Jun-21-07  Karpova: Dunne's boners

<‘Capablanca’s Boner’ is the gleeful caption to a diagram on page 26 of Great Chess Books of the Twentieth Century in English by Alex Dunne (Jefferson, 2005). It concerns this well-known position discussed by the Cuban in Chess Fundamentals:>

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<However, Mr Dunne shows himself oblivious of the complexities set out on pages 319-320 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves. In the same section of his book (page 25) he also goes awry on the elementary matter of the proportion of Capablanca’s losses given in Chess Fundamentals, and on page 27 he misspells (i.e. miscopies from pages 332-333 of A Chess Omnibus) the name of the person spuriously indicated as the author of the first pirated Coles edition of Chess Fundamentals. This sequence of ‘Dunne’s Boners’ comes from the single Chess Fundamentals section in Great Chess Books, and the rest is no better. The most forbearing observation about Mr Dunne’s work is that The Literature of Chess by John Graham, a similar volume published by the same company (McFarland) in 1984, was even worse, but that is faint praise indeed.> Scroll down to 3830)

For more insight into the complexity of this problem: scroll down to 4786

Jan-05-09  YoungEd: This week, has a 9-minute video interview with FM Dunne. It's not too surprising or revelatory, but it's still kind of interesting.
May-12-09  blacksburg:
Dec-09-10  wordfunph: On Feb. 16, 2003, FIDE Master Alex Dunne's wife and 2-year-old grandson perished in the fire, unable to escape the flames. His chess library and computers were also destroyed by the fire.
Jan-03-11  duchamp64: Happy Birthday Alex!
Jan-03-11  Dredge Rivers: Stick a fork in him, he's Dunne!
Apr-27-13  DoctorD: I have been making various posts regarding "shortest games" and I do believe that FM Dunne, in his Chess Life column, once noted that the shortest postal game on record was 1. d4 g6 and now Black indicated "if any" 2. .. Bg7. White of course replied 2. Bh6 Bg7 3. Bxg7 and Black resigned. Can anyone substantiate my possibly faulty memory with an exact citation?
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  whiteshark: <DoctorD> I've found this game in UltraCorr database. Perhaps it's a lead/clue. (Campbell reports)

[Event "ICCF US10P10"]
[Date "1990.??.??"]
[White "Campbell, J Franklin (USA)"]
[Black "Ehrlich, Alan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A40"]
[WhiteElo "2095"]
[BlackElo "2070"]
[EventDate "1990.??.??"]
[Source "Chess Mail Ltd."]

1. d4 g6 [♗lack gave "if 2. any then 2. ... ♗g7"] 2. Bh6 Bg7 3. Bxg7 1-0

I've read this story in some German corr books, too, as anecdotal warning.

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  perfidious: <DoctorD> Don't recall anything by Dunne on that, but an old friend of mine caught someone after this gem of a conditional move in the early 1980s.
Sep-22-13  DoctorD: The July 20, 1956 issue of Chess Life reports per crosstable that Alex Dunne finished last in the U.S. Junior Championship, the same one won by Bobby Fischer. I don't know if I have ever heard/seen that before, and he certainly had a successful chess career after that.
Jan-03-16  TheFocus: Happy Birthday, Alex Dunne.

I always enjoyed your column in Chess Life.

Apr-06-19  wordfunph: "Chess is still a fight: It is the better player who usually wins, not the better library."

- Alex Dunne (Chess Life 1982 January)

Apr-06-19  Granny O Doul: The funny thing about that "trap" with 2. Bh6 and 3. Bxg7 is that it works in postal games and online bullet games but scores extremely low in games at in-between time controls.
Jul-17-20  pazzed paun: His new book should be available soon
Jul-17-20  Howard: What book will that be ?
Jul-17-20  pazzed paun: How to become a candidate master
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