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Malcolm Pein
M Pein 
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Number of games in database: 331
Years covered: 1977 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2309 (2343 rapid, 2284 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2424
Overall record: +117 -108 =101 (51.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (24) 
    E97 E94 E75 E60 E81
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E47 E41 E44 E30 E52
 French Defense (11) 
    C19 C14 C11 C12 C18
 Modern Benoni (10) 
    A57 A56 A79 A65 A58
 Semi-Slav (10) 
    D43 D44 D45
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D86 D85 D87 D97 D80
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (29) 
    B09 B08 B07
 Grunfeld (16) 
    D85 D90 D87 D70 D97
 King's Indian (16) 
    E63 E84 E62 E69 E61
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C84 C85 C90 C99 C89
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C84 C85 C89 C99 C90
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A41 A45 A46 D02 D01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Pein vs Svidler, 1991 1-0
   W J Donaldson vs M Pein, 1979 0-1
   M Pein vs E Hernandez Guerrero, 1991 1-0
   M Pein vs Anand, 1988 1-0
   M Pein vs Bagirov, 1995 1-0
   L Head vs M Pein, 2018 0-1
   J J Stewart vs M Pein, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Wrexham (1995)
   Mexico City Latin American Cup Open (1991)
   Chess for Peace (1987)
   British Championship (1997)
   ARC Young Masters (1981)
   British Championship (1987)
   British Championship (1989)
   3rd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1979)
   Peer Gynt (1994)
   Isle of Man Open (1994)
   British Championship (2019)
   British Championship (1980)
   British Championship (1988)
   Bunratty Masters (2019)
   4NCL 2011/12 (2012)

GAMES ANNOTATED BY PEIN: [what is this?]
   Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006
   M Pein vs Anand, 1988
   Kramnik vs M Sebag, 2008
   Kramnik vs J Werle, 2008

   🏆 European Blitz Chess Championship
   G Pidluznij vs M Pein (Dec-16-22) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   M Pein vs G Pidluznij (Dec-16-22) 0-1, blitz
   M Pein vs S Butenandt (Aug-29-21) 1-0
   L van Foreest vs M Pein (Aug-28-21) 1-0
   B Deac vs M Pein (Aug-26-21) 1-0

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(born Aug-14-1960, 63 years old) United Kingdom

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International Master and FIDE Senior Trainer from England. He wrote the London Daily Telegraph chess column.

Wikipedia article: Malcolm Pein

Last updated: 2017-12-01 08:53:12

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 331  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A E Hanreck vs M Pein  0-13019771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD90 Grunfeld
2. M Pein vs Hodgson  0-13119771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA14 English
3. J C Henshaw vs M Pein  0-13019771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA04 Reti Opening
4. P Large vs M Pein 1-02419771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
5. M Pein vs G Lambert  ½-½3119771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
6. Spassky vs M Pein  ½-½161979Simul, 30bD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
7. Y Kraidman vs M Pein  0-13819793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
8. M Pein vs M Sharif  ½-½2719793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
9. M Fuller vs M Pein  0-15019793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB07 Pirc
10. Westerinen vs M Pein  1-04819793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
11. M Pein vs A P Law 0-17419793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
12. W J Donaldson vs M Pein 0-14119793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
13. M Pein vs D Friedgood  0-12719793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA56 Benoni Defense
14. M Pein vs C Cuartas Bedoya  ½-½5319793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE74 King's Indian, Averbakh, 6...c5
15. W Hartston vs M Pein  1-0501980British ChampionshipD90 Grunfeld
16. M Pein vs E Davis  1-0311980British ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. M J Franklin vs M Pein 1-0381980British ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M Pein vs I R Watson  1-0231980British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. B Denman vs M Pein  0-1281980British ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
20. M Pein vs M Hebden  0-1431980British ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
21. P Large vs M Pein  ½-½371980British ChampionshipB07 Pirc
22. M Pein vs D King  ½-½211980British ChampionshipD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
23. J Cooper vs M Pein 1-0951980British ChampionshipD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
24. M Pein vs D Cummings  ½-½271980British ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
25. B Cafferty vs M Pein  ½-½321980British ChampionshipB07 Pirc
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 331  PGN Download
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Dec-17-05  Averageguy: <AlexanderMorphy> Well this was played over a year ago and I wasn't particularly good back then, maybe 1200 or so. Afterwards he told me that I should have considered queenside castling and he showed me the game Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 to illustrate the dangers of castling into an attack.
Dec-20-05  AlexanderMorphy: yes i have analysed that game quite a few his son any good?
Dec-20-05  Averageguy: He was very young, I'd estimate around 6-9, he was alright for his age from what I can remember, I didn't see very much of his games.
Dec-21-05  AlexanderMorphy: i'd like to see more of his games as he seems to be adecent player with a win over svidler...draws with zsofia polgar, speelman, taimanov!
Dec-21-05  Averageguy: I submitted a brilliant win of his over King, but it doesn't seem to be here.
Feb-03-06  Averageguy: It is now.
Nov-24-10  BobCrisp: Wow, I didn't know that London's two main chess stores had effectively merged:

What was the deal? Is <Pein> still the head honcho?

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  HeMateMe: <MaxxLange: Weasels ripped my Svesh>!!

My Pein want to punish yer Ma.

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  HeMateMe: <The London Chess Centre in Euston Road is to close after 18 years due to the termination of the lease.

The new main London Shop will now be in Baker Street.>

Seems a positively Sherlockian development.

Nov-24-10  twinlark: Even organisations move Holmes.
Sep-13-12  wordfunph: Malcolm Pein authored..

+ Developments in the Grunfeld 1985-1987: 100 Theoretically Most Important Games

+ The Guide to Chess

+ The Blumenfeld Gambit

+ Grunfeld Defence: Exchange Variation

+ Trends in Spanish Marshall

+ How to Play the King's Indian Attack

Sep-17-12  wordfunph: "To my father, who, as my mother once wryly remarked, did not cook for me, wash me, dress me or take me to school but simply taught me chess, which turned out to be much more useful."

- IM Malcolm Pein (acknowledgement from his book The Guide to Chess)

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  pawn to QB4: I was at the 4NCL near Hinckley, UK recently. A friend and I watched Malcolm Pein and David Smerdon commenting on the games of the Wood Green - Guildford clash. Couple of thoughts:

Firstly, thanks very much guys: great experience, my friend commented a few weeks later that if he'd paid £20 to listen he would have gone away thinking he'd had his money's worth. Particularly their thoughts on Mickey Adams winning a rook ending: if you weren't at least an IM you couldn't listen to that without learning something. That's not a hint to start charging...

Secondly, his audience were about 20 or 30 people in the 1900-2250 sort of range. They listened fairly intently and when they asked questions it was because they genuinely hadn't understood and wanted to know the answers. It occurs to me that, in my experience, when adults in the 1200 - 1500 range ask for my thoughts they often don't listen like this. I try to explain why Bc4 might have been better than f3 and a fairly usual response is to wait for an early chance to interrupt to explain why they went for f3, and why in fact they were right to play it. Might well be Malcolm's superior abilities as a teacher, but I wondered if it might also be typical of stronger and weaker players' different approaches to learning.

Aug-14-13  BIDMONFA: Malcolm Pein

PEIN, Malcolm

Sep-09-14  wordfunph: "I like to point my knights at the opponent's king. Wishful thinking."

- IM Malcolm Pein

Sep-09-14  wordfunph: this made my day..

"All you talk about in chess is take, take, take, take, why is there never any give?"

- Mrs. Philippa Pein

Source: NIC Magazine 2013 #1

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  MissScarlett: Anyone catch Malcolm Pein on last week's <The Apprentice>, where the teams were tasked with designing and flogging their own board games? There's a repeat tonight at 12am.
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  offramp: Odd, because Bill Hartston is regularly on Gogglebox.
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  MissScarlett: True, but he doesn't own a shop that sells board games.
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  chancho: From the UK Telegraph:

<Malcolm Pein: It appears that So was not totally familiar with the rules and there is no question that he was <<writing coded analysis>> to gain an advantage.>

I wonder what proof Pein in the ass has in making such an assertion?

Apr-14-15  Pulo y Gata: <Malcolm Pein: So was not totally familiar with the rules and there is no question that he was writing coded analysis to gain an advantage.>

Poor construction is all. Pein obviously meant that So <was not> writing coded analysis. The whole article supplies the context and the tone the author was taking. Sloppy, but nothing to lose pee about.

He is not stupid as to suggest that in a game with only six moves played a GM would resort to coded analysis. Pein. Is. Not. Stupid.

Give him some slack.

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  offramp: <Pulo y Gata> you are right. Pein meant that So was NOT "writing coded analysis". I never use that pointless and difficult construction, "there is no question..." as I do not know what it means!

It is much better to be as blunt as possible, especially when players' reputations are involved!

Isn't this better?:
<It appears that So was not totally familiar with the rules. But he was definitely not writing coded analysis to gain an advantage.>

That is clearer!!

Apr-14-15  Pulo y Gata: <offramp> I don't want to say it, but you're a much better writer than Pein. I appreciate wordiness but not when it gets in the way of meaning.

And on something one is paid for? (I need to put this in to excuse my error-laden posts hereabout.)

Jul-12-15  Poisonpawns: "Mijko" on ICC
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  offramp: He is 60 years old today. Happy birthday!

Although he still runs the Chess & Bridge Shop, his main income come from sales of the Ball-Pein hammer, which he co-invented with Dirk Ball.

A true renaissance man.

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