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John Moles
Number of games in database: 82
Years covered: 1966 to 1973
Last FIDE rating: 2270
Overall record: +34 -27 =21 (54.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-22-1949, died Oct-04-2015, 66 years old) United Kingdom

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John L Moles was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was Irish champion in 1966 and 1971 and authored a major work on the French Defence.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 82  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Moles vs K O'Riordan  1-0251966IRL-chB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
2. J Moles vs Timman  0-1431966Groningen Ech-jr preB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. J Moles vs W Heidenfeld 1-0271966IRL-chC11 French
4. B Denman vs J Moles  ½-½141966Glorney CupC18 French, Winawer
5. M O'Leary vs J Moles  0-1441966IRL-chA04 Reti Opening
6. J Moles vs Timman  1-0411966Paris tt jrC53 Giuoco Piano
7. Timman vs J Moles  1-0291966Groningen Ech-jr preE20 Nimzo-Indian
8. J Moles vs B Jacobsen  1-0401967EU-ch U18 sf 6768C45 Scotch Game
9. J Moles vs L S Tate 1-0181967EU-ch U18 sf 6768B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
10. H Bouwmeester vs J Moles ½-½261967EU-ch casualC05 French, Tarrasch
11. H Schaufelberger vs J Moles  ½-½321967EU-ch U18 sf 6768D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. G Ligterink vs J Moles  ½-½271967EU-ch U18 sf 6768E36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. J Moles vs D Zara  0-1401967EU-ch U18 sf 6768C16 French, Winawer
14. K H Maeder vs J Moles 0-1341967EU-ch U18 sf 6768C52 Evans Gambit
15. P E Hostalet Ferrer vs J Moles  1-0391967EU-ch U18 sf 6768A17 English
16. Gligoric vs J Moles 1-0231967EU-ch U20 clock sim1C19 French, Winawer, Advance
17. G Ligterink vs J Moles  ½-½461967EU-ch U18 f-A 6768E36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. J Moles vs D Zara 0-1201967EU-ch U18 f-A 6768C10 French
19. J Lewi vs J Moles  1-0661967EU-ch U18 f-A 6768A28 English
20. J Moles vs P E Hostalet Ferrer  1-0301967EU-ch U18 f-A 6768B27 Sicilian
21. R Waugh vs J Moles ½-½361968Glorney CupC18 French, Winawer
22. J Moles vs Wade  0-1391968GroningenB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
23. H Bohm vs J Moles  1-0391968PlymouthC28 Vienna Game
24. Karpov vs J Moles 1-04119686th Niemeyer final AC77 Ruy Lopez
25. J Moles vs Timman  0-1271968EU-ch U18 f-AA02 Bird's Opening
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  whiteshark: . . .

* Full name: John L. Moles.

* Chess honours:
o Irish Champion: 1966, 1971.
o Ulster Champion 1965, 1967.
o Olympiad team: 1970, 1972.

* Occupation: professor of classics

* Publications:

- o Moles, John "The French Defence Main Line Winawer" B.T. Batsford, London 1975

- o Moles, John; Wicker, Kevin "French Winawer: Modern and Auxiliary Lines" B.T. Batsford, London 1979

Picture at the age of 16:


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  Domdaniel: John Moles died suddenly last week, aged 66. The Irish Chess Union website has an obituary.
Oct-26-15  thomastonk: The "Modern and Auxiliary Lines" was my first chess book in a foreign language, and also my first book in descriptive notation. But what a wonderful book!

R.I.P. John Moles

I've entered the 4 October 2015 as the date of his death, because this date is mentioned in the short obituary on the website of the Irish Chess Union as the date of a collapse. Maybe it has to be corrected.

<Domdaniel>s' "last week" is probably not correct, since the date of this obituary is 13 October.

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  Domdaniel: <Thomastonk> I think your date is correct.

I never played Moles, though I recall playing in a few team matches and tournaments in the 1970s in which he was involved. His book on the French, Main Line Winawer, was also a classic.

A friend of mine - compiling a history of the Mulcahy Memorial tournament, of which Moles was an early winner - interviewed him recently, and found him a perfect gentleman.

Perhaps now somebody will organize a Moles Memorial?

Oct-26-15  thomastonk: <Domdaniel: I think your date is correct.> Yes, it is correct as we can see here: https://durhamabbeyhouse.wordpress.... (a nice obituary anyway).

<Domdaniel: French, Main Line Winawer, was also a classic.> Yes, I have a copy of this one too. I played the main line of the Winawer constantly in the 1980s, after a granduncle had analysed a single game with me, of course the sharp line after 7.♕g4. These are all very nice memories for me, closely connected to these two books.

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  HeMateMe: This guy will never get hired by England's MI5, that's my feeling.
Oct-26-15  parisattack: <thomastonk: The "Modern and Auxiliary Lines" was my first chess book in a foreign language, and also my first book in descriptive notation. But what a wonderful book! R.I.P. John Moles>

A wonderful book! Lots and lots of ideas some I think still worth exploring.

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  Domdaniel: <thomastonk> Thank you for the link to the <Durham Abbey> obituary of John Moles. I was aware of his academic life, but I really only knew him through chess (matches and tournaments in the 1970s, and his work on the French Defence). As far as I know, he was the only Irish player to meet Karpov in a tournament game. It's interesting to read about his Classical career. RIP.
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