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Harry Golombek
Golombek 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 733
Years covered: 1931 to 1976

Overall record: +195 -254 =283 (46.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 English (65) 
    A16 A10 A13 A17 A15
 King's Indian (58) 
    E60 E95 E81 E86 E72
 Queen's Pawn Game (35) 
    E00 E10 A40 D02 A46
 English, 1 c4 e5 (32) 
    A22 A28 A25 A21 A23
 Catalan (24) 
    E02 E06 E01 E09 E04
 Grunfeld (23) 
    D95 D80 D71 D78 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (118) 
    B18 B10 B13 B12 B11
 Nimzo Indian (72) 
    E38 E41 E56 E21 E24
 Sicilian (33) 
    B74 B80 B76 B84 B73
 Queen's Indian (31) 
    E14 E19 E16 E12 E17
 English (29) 
    A15 A16 A12 A17
 Sicilian Dragon (13) 
    B74 B76 B73 B72 B70
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Geller vs Golombek, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Golombek vs Brown, 1949 1-0
   J Turn vs Golombek, 1937 0-1
   G Abrahams vs Golombek, 1948 0-1
   Golombek vs I A Horowitz, 1935 1-0
   Golombek vs F Planas Garcia, 1952 1-0
   Golombek vs Rossolimo, 1950 1-0
   Foltys vs Golombek, 1950 1/2-1/2
   Golombek vs Bisguier, 1950 1-0
   Barcza vs Golombek, 1952 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (1955)
   British Championship (1935)
   Hastings 1952/53 (1952)
   Southsea (1950)
   British Championship (1959)
   British Championship (1967)
   London A (1946)
   Venice (1949)
   Bad Pyrmont Zonal (1951)
   Prague (1946)
   British Championship (1953)
   Munich Zonal (1954)
   Reti Memorial (1949)
   Budapest (1952)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Prague 1946 by crawfb5
   34th British Chess Federation championship 1947 by jessicafischerqueen
   London A 1946 by Tabanus
   Game of Chess (Golombek) by Qindarka
   Hastings 1959/60 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1952/53 by Phony Benoni
   Margate 1938 by sneaky pete
   Hastings 1950/51 by suenteus po 147


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HARRY GOLOMBEK
(born Mar-01-1911, died Jan-07-1995, 83 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
Harry Golombek was born in London. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and an Emeritus GM title in 1985, he was British Champion in 1947 (after a play-off), 1949 and 1955. He also played on nine English Olympiad teams from 1935 to 1962.

During World War II he worked at Bletchley Park deciphering the German enigma codes but he is best remembered for his work as an author with biographical works on Jose Raul Capablanca and Richard Reti to his credit. He was chess editor for the London Times 1945-89 and was also the first British player to qualify for an interzonal. Awarded an OBE in 1966 he passed away in early 1995.

Wikipedia article: Harry Golombek


 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 733  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Menchik vs Golombek  1-0351931BCF-ch 24th Major OpenE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
2. Rellstab vs Golombek  1-0271932Hastings Premier Reserves 1931-32E44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
3. E Sapira vs Golombek  1-0521932Hastings 1932/33 Premier ReserveE16 Queen's Indian
4. E M Jackson vs Golombek  ½-½401932British ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
5. Yates vs Golombek  1-0521932British ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
6. Golombek vs H Saunders  1-0351932British ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
7. G A Thomas vs Golombek  0-1531932British ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. Golombek vs Sultan Khan  ½-½311932British ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Golombek vs H Hunnam  0-1241932British ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
10. W Fairhurst vs Golombek  1-0381932British ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
11. Golombek vs T H Tylor  1-0281932British ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. C H Alexander vs Golombek  ½-½301932British ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. F N Jameson vs Golombek  0-1371933British ChampionshipE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. Golombek vs C H Alexander  0-1301933British ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
15. Golombek vs G A Thomas  ½-½391933British ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. T H Tylor vs Golombek  1-0371933British ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. Golombek vs G Abrahams  ½-½481934British ChampionshipA28 English
18. T H Tylor vs Golombek  1-0481934British ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. Golombek vs R Cross  ½-½541934British ChampionshipA13 English
20. C Damant vs Golombek  0-1331934British ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. Golombek vs G A Thomas  ½-½371934British ChampionshipA28 English
22. Charles William Fallows vs Golombek  0-1431934British ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. Golombek vs W Fairhurst  1-0381934British ChampionshipC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
24. W Winter vs Golombek  1-0421934British ChampionshipE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
25. Golombek vs C H Alexander  ½-½351934British ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
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Jul-15-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: Code breaker at Bletchley park

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14164529

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...

Mar-01-12  LoveThatJoker: Harry Golombek, POTD. Good job!

LTJ

Mar-01-12  brankat: R.I.P. GM Golombek.
Mar-01-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. POTD.
Apr-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Here is a Golombek victory that I have uploaded to the database:

[Event "1935 BCF-ch"]
[Site "Great Yarmouth"]
[Date "1935.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Harry Golombek"]
[Black "Gerald Abrahams"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. c4 c5 2. ♘c3 b6 3. ♘f3 ♗b7 4. e4 g6 5. d4 ♗g7 6. d5 d6 7. ♗d3 ♘d7 8. O-O ♘gf6 9. h3 h6 10. ♕e2 g5


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11. e5 dxe5 12. ♘xe5 ♘xe5 13. ♕xe5 O-O 14. ♕e2 e6 15. dxe6 ♖e8 16. exf7+ ♔xf7 17. ♕c2 ♔g8 18. ♗e3 g4 19. ♖ad1 ♕c7 20. ♗f5 gxh3 21. ♗xh3 ♘e4 22. ♖d7 ♕b8 23. ♘xe4 ♗xe4 24. ♕d2 ♗c6 25. ♗f4 ♖e2 26. ♖xg7+ ♔xg7 27. ♕c3+ 1-0

Source: CHESS, Vol 1, No 1, 14 September 1935

Mar-01-15  offramp: < GrahamClayton: Here is a Golombek victory that I have uploaded to the database: [Event "1935 BCF-ch"]
[Site "Great Yarmouth"]
[Date "1935.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Harry Golombek"]
[Black "Gerald Abrahams"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. c4 c5 2. ♘c3 b6 3. ♘f3 ♗b7 4. e4 g6 5. d4 ♗g7 6. d5 d6 7. ♗d3 ♘d7 8. O-O ♘gf6 9. h3 h6 10. ♕e2 g5 11. e5 dxe5 12. ♘xe5 ♘xe5 13. ♕xe5 O-O 14. ♕e2 e6 15. dxe6 ♖e8 16. exf7+ ♔xf7 17. ♕c2 ♔g8 18. ♗e3 g4 19. ♖ad1 ♕c7 20. ♗f5 gxh3 21. ♗xh3 ♘e4 22. ♖d7 ♕b8 23. ♘xe4 ♗xe4 24. ♕d2 ♗c6 25. ♗f4 ♖e2 26. ♖xg7+ ♔xg7 27. ♕c3+ 1-0

Source: CHESS, Vol 1, No 1, 14 September 1935>

It looks great to use the {}s to make pictures instead of letters, but it can be a bit of a pain if someone wants to c+p that game into a pgn-reading program. It can't be read. It will come out like this: [Event "1935 BCF-ch"]
[Site "Great Yarmouth"]
[Date "1935.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Harry Golombek"]
[Black "Gerald Abrahams"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "11"]
[EventDate "1935.??.??"]

1. c4 c5 ?c3 b6 ?f3 ?b7 2. e4 g6 3. d4 ?g7 d5 d6 ?d3 ?d7 O-O ?gf6 4. h3 h6 ?e2 g5 5. e5 dxe5 ?xe5 ?xe5 ?xe5 O-O ?e2 e6 dxe6 ?e8 exf7+ ?xf7 ?c2 ?g8 ?e3 6. g4 ?ad1 ?c7 ?f5 gxh3 ?xh3 ?e4 ?d7 ?b8 ?xe4 ?xe4 ?d2 ?c6 ?f4 ?e2 ?xg7+ ?xg7 ?c3+ 1-0
So the game would have to be entered again "manually".

Mar-01-15  Ron: This first post on this page was by me. I wrote

May-01-0 Ron: Harry Golombek served the cause of freedom: during the Second World War, he was one of those code breakers working on the German ENIGMA codes.

The second post is a factually incorrect and asshoeish post by WMD:

Feb-15-04 WMD: The only thing Golombek ever served at Bletchley Park was tea and biscuits.

Mar-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: I didn't know that Golombek worked on cracking the enigma codes until I read his profile. I've only skimmed over his books in bookstores in the past, but I'm thinking about buying 1 of his books in the near future.
Mar-01-15  offramp: If you think his books will help your play you are being a bit too optimistic.
Mar-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: :D Nice pun...well then I won't buy 1 of his books. Thanks for the forewarning.
Mar-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  gezafan: Golombek wrote a pretty good book called "The Game of Chess." It's a general overview of chess.

It would be good for novice players or average non-tournament players who want to improve their game. It could help a player to develop as a well rounded player.

I recommend it.

Mar-02-15  offramp: <gezafan: Golombek wrote a pretty good book called "The Game of Chess." It's a general overview of chess. It would be good for novice players or average non-tournament players who want to improve their game. It could help a player to develop as a well rounded player.

I recommend it.>

I also made my first steps with that book. It is in descriptive notation and ends with a game by the potential world champion Bobby Fischer. I remember it was very good at explaining the basic mates. How much good would it be to a talented 12-year-old nowadays, I wonder? Have any better didactic books been written about chess since 1970?

Apr-19-15  kamagong24: the code breaker!
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Books on the openings abound; nor are works on the end game wanting; but those on the middle game can be counted on the fingers of one hand> - Harry Golombek.
Jan-07-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Harry Golombek.
Mar-01-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Harry Golombek.
May-08-16  wrap99: Reading bio of Turing by Hodges in which it is mentioned that Golombek could give Turing queen odds or more remarkably to me, turn the board around in the position in which the great mathematician had resigned in and beat him from that side. I have to say, I would bet that I could beat a world champion pretty consistently if I were allowed to resign in any position I wanted and my opponent would then have to beat me with my pieces against his. Never heard of this before. Just how weak of a player does that make Turing?
May-09-16  zanzibar: Returning to <offramp>'s question about didatic books...

I'm not sure I'm qualified to comment about anything involving those $5 words anymore, but I've seen several Russian players comment on Averbakh and Beilin's <Journey to the Chess Kingdom> and I've wondered if it truly measured up - partly because it took so long to be translated:

https://www.chess.com/blog/Natalia_...

http://chess-evolution.com/index.ph...

And here's a sample pdf:

http://chess-evolution.com/download...

So didactical qualifiers can diligently debate empirical epistemologies.

Hope I don't get my bell rung for shilling, or buncombe.

May-09-16  zanzibar: Here's the book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Puteshestvie-...

(In Russian, 1972 ed, only $280)

http://www.amazon.com/Journey-kingd...

(2006 Russian?, unavailable)

Jul-13-17  Sally Simpson: On Sunday January 26th 1964 Harry teamed up with Tal in a BBC radio game. Their opponents were Penrose and Gligoric.

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedule...

Gligoric and Penrose opened with 1.e4.

"I asked Tal what reply we should make."

"You choose", he said "You've written chess books. I haven't"

'The Chess Player's Bedside Book' by Edwards and Keene.

Jun-03-20  Sally Simpson: ***

There are two commerative benches to Harry. One at Hastings alongside one to Ritson Morry.

And one at St Giles Churchyard, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, UK. This one mentions he was a code breakers and chess writer.

https://www.waymarking.com/gallery/...

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Jun-03-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: If any tramp sleeps on one of these benches, he's spiritually required to cover himself with a copy of the Times (non-digital version).

I confess, I've never actually seen someone asleep under a newspaper, but I'm assured it's a thing.

Jun-03-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Was there not an urban myth going about that tramps froze to death during a newspaper strike because they had no newspapers to sleep under.

--- BTW ---

Brother decided not to drive me to Linares so I had internet tournament in my garden. Could not be bothered doing cut outs, used pictures from CHESS.

Here is Wes So v Ding Liren.

https://www.redhotpawn.com/imgu/blo...

Grandaughter, who lives 20 miles away, ran Chess Stall.

https://www.redhotpawn.com/imgu/blo...

whole thing here: https://www.redhotpawn.com/chess-bl...

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Jun-04-20  spingo: <MissScarlett: ...I confess, I've never actually seen someone asleep under a newspaper, but I'm assured it's a thing.>

I believe the method is to stuff, or line, one's clothes with the dreaded material. Lying under it is impractical, owing to newsprint's renowned slitheriness, as well as distracting: interesting stories can make sleep elusive.

One must remember to remove the impromptu insulation next morning otherwise one's movements may appear somewhat robotic.

Nov-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: C.N. 11823 : <Golombek‚Äôs English-language Wikipedia entry currently gives Lambeth as his place of birth and death. In the Oxford National Dictionary of Biography (an entry written two decades ago by Professor William D. Rubinstein) a precise address in the London Borough of Lambeth was supplied for his birth: 200 Railton Road, Brixton.>

Railton Road was frontline during the Brixton Riots. If memory serves, 200 is the end nearer to Herne Hill.

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