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Thomas Clarke
Number of games in database: 75
Years covered: 1982 to 2004
Last FIDE rating: 2137
Highest rating achieved in database: 2170
Overall record: +22 -39 =14 (38.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-17-1959, died Apr-03-2007, 47 years old) United Kingdom

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Tom Clarke was a strong amateur from Northern Ireland. He represented Ireland in the 1988 and 1992 Olympiads and also in the 1989 European Team Championship.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 75  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Thipsay vs T Clarke  0-1391982BCF-chC18 French, Winawer
2. T Clarke vs R Bellin  ½-½441982BCF-chB58 Sicilian
3. N Murshed vs T Clarke  ½-½431982BCF-chA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. T Clarke vs T N Parameswaran  ½-½511982BCF-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
5. N Povah vs T Clarke  1-0261982BCF-chA86 Dutch
6. T Clarke vs Watson  0-1411982BCF-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. W F Buchanan vs T Clarke  0-1511982BCF-chC07 French, Tarrasch
8. T Clarke vs J C Hawksworth  0-1581982BCF-chC26 Vienna
9. D King vs T Clarke  ½-½371982BCF-chC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
10. T Clarke vs David G Hackett  0-1501982BCF-chC02 French, Advance
11. G Lane vs T Clarke  ½-½581982BCF-chA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
12. T Clarke vs R Hawkes  ½-½211984BCF-chB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. R Bellin vs T Clarke  ½-½331984BCF-chA80 Dutch
14. T Clarke vs M Basman  0-1291984BCF-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
15. N Davies vs T Clarke  ½-½571984BCF-chA81 Dutch
16. T Clarke vs C R Dawson  0-1271984BCF-chC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
17. T Clarke vs Kosten  0-1271984BCF-chC02 French, Advance
18. M Levene vs T Clarke  0-1251984BCF-chA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Y Hasan vs T Clarke  0-1271984BCF-chA07 King's Indian Attack
20. T Clarke vs T N Parameswaran  1-0351984BCF-chB83 Sicilian
21. G W Lawton vs T Clarke  1-0541984BCF-chC05 French, Tarrasch
22. T Clarke vs G Botterill  ½-½471984BCF-chB06 Robatsch
23. J Cooper vs T Clarke  1-0221988BCF-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. T Clarke vs P Rossiter  0-1201988BCF-chB40 Sicilian
25. G Burgess vs T Clarke  1-0151988BCF-chD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  biglo: From his ICC finger notes as at 28 Nov 2005
Tom Clarke, Belfast, Northern Ireland born 1959
Ratings:FIDE 2130 UCU (Ulster Chess Union) 2196 ICU (Irish Chess Union) 2150 Current chess titles: Ulster Champion 2005, Ulster Open Champion 2005 Chess Club: Clifton House, Belfast
Previous titles: Equal 1st British Under 21 Champion,1978, Ayr, Scotland. Equal 1st, Irish Champion 1996, Dublin (3rd on tie-break, 1st R'O'Donovan, 2nd C Daly) Ulster Champion 1982 & 2003
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  Domdaniel: Tom Clarke, one of the nicest guys I've met in the chess world, died shockingly young in April 2007. He was a regular entrant in both the British and Irish Championships, and a tournament prizewinner many times.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, when we often played in the same tournaments, I always thought of Tom as being older and wiser than me. Only now do I learn he was actually younger and wiser.

A classic attacking game -- not yet in the database, but we'll try to do something about that -- is Cummins vs Clarke, Irish Ch, Dublin 1995.


Apr-11-07  Eyal: [Event "IRL-ch"]
[Site "Dublin"]
[Date "1995.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Cummins,Hugh"]
[Black "Clarke,Thomas"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "C02"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be2 Qb6 7.a3 a5 8.0-0 Nh6 9.b3 cxd4 10.cxd4 Nf5 11.Bb2 a4 12.b4 Be7 13.Bd3 Ncxd4 14.Nxd4 Nxd4 15.Qg4 Nb3 16.Qxg7 0-0-0 17.Ra2 Rhg8 18.Qxf7 Bg5 19.Qf3 Rdf8 20.Qe2 Bf4 21.Bc3 Nd4 22.Bxd4 Qxd4 23.Nc3 Bxh2+ 24.Kxh2 Qh4+ 25.Kg1 Rxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Rg8+ 27.Kf3 Qh3+ 28.Kf4 Rf8+ 29.Kg5 Be8 30.Bxh7 Qxh7 31.Kg4 Qg6+ 0-1

Apr-11-07  GBKnight: This is a tremendous shock - I too knew Tom, through his regular participation at the 'British', through some of the other Irish contingent. Is there any obituary posted anywhere? RIP Tom
Apr-11-07  mack: I always find that the best way to celebrate the passing of a chess player you didn't personally know is to flick through some of his or her best games. I certainly dig T Clarke vs E Paehtz, 2003, which makes the whole Royal Game seem like a piece of piss.
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  Domdaniel: <GBKnight> The Irish Chess Union website has a short obituary and some more of Tom's games.
Apr-18-07  CaptainEvans: Tom's passing is a great sadness - I met him last year playing for the Aberdare Wasps. He was more than happy to mix with us average club players after his game and pass on chess info.
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  whiteshark: RIP, Tom the Tromp

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