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Dennis Waterman
Number of games in database: 31
Years covered: 1971 to 1976
Last FIDE rating: 2240
Highest rating achieved in database: 2290
Overall record: +10 -12 =9 (46.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-18-1948, died Jul-11-2022, 74 years old) United States of America

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 31  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Suttles vs D Waterman  0-1581971Seattle Winter opA07 King's Indian Attack
2. D Waterman vs Gligoric  0-1371971Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
3. Lombardy vs D Waterman  1-037197172nd US OpenB07 Pirc
4. M Saltzberg vs D Waterman  0-143197172nd US OpenA26 English
5. E Formanek vs D Waterman  ½-½19197172nd US OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
6. L Vitanyi vs D Waterman  0-17419719th Canadian OpenA25 English
7. M Costa vs D Waterman  0-1381972Lone PineB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
8. D Waterman vs Tarjan  ½-½311972Lone PineB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. D Waterman vs L Binet Tapaszto 0-1681972Lone PineE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
10. P Koploy vs D Waterman  0-1471972Lone PineA25 English
11. D Waterman vs Evans  ½-½261972Lone PineB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
12. P Brandts vs D Waterman  1-0571972Lone PineA58 Benko Gambit
13. Bisguier vs D Waterman  ½-½471972Lone PineB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
14. D Waterman vs Browne  0-1531973Lone PineB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. D Waterman vs R Samo 1-0171974Mechanics Institute MarathonC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. D Waterman vs Browne  ½-½241974Paul Masson opB42 Sicilian, Kan
17. D Waterman vs J Berry  1-0461974Lone PineC71 Ruy Lopez
18. L Gilden vs D Waterman  1-0531974Lone PineB32 Sicilian
19. Browne vs D Waterman 0-1331974SunnyvaleB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
20. Quinteros vs D Waterman  1-0561975Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Shamkovich vs D Waterman 1-0471975Lone PineB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
22. D Waterman vs C Barnes  ½-½561975Lone PineB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. D Waterman vs Dake 0-1601975Lone PineC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
24. D Berry vs D Waterman 1-0231975Lone PineD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. D Waterman vs A Karklins  0-1401975Lone PineA15 English
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  Benzol: Surely not the British Actor.

Jun-07-09  whiskeyrebel: No, he's quite a poker player though. He's in a PS2 poker video game I own. He was born in Southern Oregon like me. I remember his chess days from way back when I was still an almost promising junior.
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  Benzol: <whiskeyrebel> Thanks for the info. Been meaning to ask, have you run into or seen Puchen Wang ? He's been studying Engineering in Texas University on a scholarship but has played some tournament chess as well so you may have seen him somewhere along your travels.
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  perfidious: <whiskeyrebel> I played poker with Dennis in Tunica, Mississippi in 2003; he plays well indeed, but had bad luck that day.
Jun-13-09  whiskeyrebel: perfidious, may I ask, did he seem to ooze any sort of special aura at the table or use his spiritualism in any special way?
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  perfidious: <whiskeyrebel> Not so far as I could tell; his two kings couldn't overcome two aces held by the player immediately to my left.
Dec-15-10  BobCrisp: <John Donaldson (Berkeley, CA, USA) and Charles Sullivan (Davis, CA, USA) inform us that the player with Peter Falk who was left unidentified by Chess Life & Review is Dennis Waterman.>

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  perfidious: <BobCrisp> When we met, thirty years on, I will tell you this: there was no hair left, either facial or atop his head!

It's a bit surprising to me that Dennis went unidentified, as he was already a strong master at the time of the photo.

Jul-04-11  wordfunph: from Chessbase..

<..the player with Peter Falk who was left unidentified by Chess Life & Review is Dennis Waterman, now a well-known poker player.>

Jun-13-14  cro777: Dennis "Swami" Waterman (born 1948 in Myrtle Point, Oregon) became a chess master by the age of 16, but opted to pursue a career in professional poker.

Waterman gave actor Peter Falk (tv series Colombo) chess lessons in the early 1970s and played in the Lone Pine tournaments of that era.

His current USCF rating is 2251. Currently, he is playing at the National Open Championship in Las Vegas (June 13-15, 2014). His opponent in Round 1 is Wesley So.

Waterman has authored books and articles covering science fiction, chess, spiritual teachings, meditation and poker. As a result of his spirituality books he has been nicknamed "Swami" by the people in poker.

Jun-13-14  cro777: Regrettably, Wesley So withdrew. Waterman won due to forfait.

"I withdrew from the National Open to focus on finalizing the federation transfer process." (Wesley So)

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  perfidious: Interesting to see Dennis' USCF rating lower than his FIDE of 2290, though I do not believe he has played since 1980 or so.

When we met over the poker table at Tunica in 2003, he noted that he had visited the previous year's US championship, getting to renew acquaintances with Larry Christiansen, amongst others. Our conversations, over two days we were both in Tunica, hardly touched upon poker--more about chess and other matters unrelated to our being in the Delta.

Tough player and a decent guy.

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  perfidious: An amusing tale involving one of Dennis' OTB encounters with Walter Browne:

<After playing 33.Re1 Browne’s face showed complete confidence and he was waiting for Black to resign when the 6’4” Waterman leapt on his chair, screamed “Woo hoo! Woo hoo!” as he lifted the queen way up into the sky, and then descended with it as the “woo hoo” continued to fill the room.>

Browne--not precisely known as the model of decorum--must have about shyte himself.

Oct-02-15  Retireborn: <perfidious> Wonderful story! Can't imagine any Brit player standing on his chair and going woo hoo :)
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  perfidious: <Retireborn> The person whom I met long after that went was far different in behaviour, so much so that it is hard to imagine him acting as he did in Silman's story.
Oct-02-15  Dr. Overlord: This guy was good at pulling new tricks at the chessboard.
Oct-03-15  Caissanist: Absolutely terrific story, maybe the funniest backstory I've ever read for a chess game (<perfidious> only included part of it, the whole thing at the link he gave is well worth reading). I assembled and submitted the PGN for that game so that its glory can be preserved here.
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  Stonehenge: Dennis Waterman (1948-2022):

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  perfidious: RIP to one of the good guys I have known in my years on the poker circuit.

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