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Paul E Littlewood
P Littlewood 
. Source : British Chess, Pergamon Press, 1983. 

Number of games in database: 302
Years covered: 1973 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2347
Highest rating achieved in database: 2410
Overall record: +123 -93 =86 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (14) 
    E94 E97 E62 E98 E93
 Queen's Indian (12) 
    E14 E12 E17 E15
 Sicilian (12) 
    B31 B99 B47 B27 B44
 Modern Benoni (10) 
    A67 A70 A58 A59 A57
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E44 E53 E20 E29 E45
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D91 D94 D85 D84 D82
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C84 C91 C96 C68 C89
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C84 C91 C96 C89 C90
 Sicilian (19) 
    B52 B22 B23 B33 B31
 King's Indian (15) 
    E94 E63 E82 E62 E97
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E53 E52 E33 E45 E39
 English, 1 c4 e5 (8) 
    A28 A22 A29 A20 A21
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Littlewood vs S Kindermann, 1978 1-0
   A Galliano vs P Littlewood, 2010 0-1
   Miles vs P Littlewood, 1984 0-1
   P Littlewood vs B P Andrews, 1990 1-0
   M Hebden vs P Littlewood, 1983 1/2-1/2
   K Regan vs P Littlewood, 1982 0-1
   P Littlewood vs Ftacnik, 1980 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Aaronson Masters (1979)
   2nd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1978)
   British Championship (1981)
   ARC Young Masters (1981)
   3rd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1979)
   British Championship (1982)
   Commonwealth Championship (1985)
   British Championship (1979)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   British Championship (2005)
   Aaronson Masters (1978)
   British Championship (2010)
   British Championship (2009)
   British Championship (1983)
   British Championship (2002)

   🏆 4NCL Div 1a 2018/19
   P Littlewood vs M P Townsend (Nov-11-18) 1/2-1/2
   P Littlewood vs Szymon Pozimski (Nov-10-18) 1-0
   P Littlewood vs R Starley (Jan-14-18) 1-0
   D Ciuksyte vs P Littlewood (Jan-13-18) 1-0
   P Littlewood vs R Phillips (Nov-12-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-18-1956, 67 years old) United Kingdom

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Paul Edwin Littlewood was born in Skegness, England. Awarded the IM title in 1979, he won the British Championship in 1981. He also won the 2nd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1978). Littlewood is the son of John Littlewood, and the nephew of Norman Littlewood.

Last updated: 2021-10-25 07:12:35

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 302  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Basman vs P Littlewood  1-0501973London InvitationC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
2. P Littlewood vs P J Waters  0-1381973London InvitationC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
3. D Johnston vs P Littlewood  0-1291973London InvitationA07 King's Indian Attack
4. P Littlewood vs V W Knox  ½-½411973London InvitationA04 Reti Opening
5. J Kinlay vs P Littlewood  0-1221973London InvitationB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
6. P Littlewood vs M Basman  0-1361973GRE Islington OpenA10 English
7. B Feustel vs P Littlewood  1-0201974London, ENGA05 Reti Opening
8. A L Hosking vs P Littlewood  0-1271975Varsity Cambridge-OxfordB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. P Littlewood vs A L Hosking  ½-½261976Varsity Oxford-CambridgeC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
10. J C Pigott vs P Littlewood  1-0591976British ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
11. P Littlewood vs H D MacPherson  0-1461976British ChampionshipC00 French Defense
12. P J Lee vs P Littlewood  0-1521976British ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
13. P H Clarke vs P Littlewood  1-0421976British ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
14. P Littlewood vs G H Bennett  0-1491976British ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
15. P Littlewood vs C Pickard  1-0301976British ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
16. P J Romilly vs P Littlewood  ½-½451976British ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
17. P Littlewood vs F Parr  1-0661976British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
18. C Lennox vs P Littlewood  ½-½441976British ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. P Littlewood vs Chandler  0-1451976British ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
20. B Cafferty vs P Littlewood  ½-½181976British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. P Littlewood vs M Fuller 1-0181976LondonB06 Robatsch
22. P Littlewood vs A Ornstein  ½-½361978KringsjaC67 Ruy Lopez
23. P Littlewood vs Runar Mathisen  1-0301978KringsjaB27 Sicilian
24. P Littlewood vs L Pettersson  ½-½141978KringsjaC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
25. E Gereben vs P Littlewood  ½-½151978KringsjaB33 Sicilian
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 302  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-24-04  weary willy: just beware that several of these games are actually by Paul's father John E Littlewood - and vice versa in John's list
Apr-24-04  ArchBishop: There was a great mathematician by the name of John E. Littlewood (Hardy littlewood). Not this guys dad.
Jul-05-04  weary willy: I believe John E Littlewood was a languages teacher at a secondary school - certainly he is not the mathematician
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  ray keene: there are three strong littlewoods all british internationals john littlewood
norman littlewood deceased johns brother
paul littlewood johns son

of the three altho all came slose to winning the british championship only paul actually achieved the feat.

i wd like to recommend the game norman littlewood v lengyel hastings 1962 63 i believe was the date maybe 1964 as a wonderful attacking game. also it may be in the database norman littlewood v haygarth brit ch whitby 1964 where norman cd have won easily and won the british championship but lost by insane blunders instead.

Aug-23-05  jamesmaskell: Theres a Skegness in Scotland as well as England? Didnt know that!
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  Benzol: Thankyou <james>.
Jan-18-06  BIDMONFA: Paul E Littlewood


Jan-18-09  WhiteRook48: this guy definitely has a weird name. Is he Little Wood? I never knew Wood was little. Okay, I'm just OVERDOING it with the puns.
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  Penguincw: Happy B-Day!
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  GrahamClayton: Has anyone read his book "Chess Tactics"? It looks well thought out, with explanations, examples and then quizzes.
Sep-09-17  PeterGrant: John Littlewood (not the mathematician) was actually Paul's brother.
Sep-09-17  PeterGrant: Correct my post, Norman Littlewood was John's brother not Paul.
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  John Saunders: Suggestion: add reference to Paul Littlewood winning the 1978 Lloyds Bank Masters to his mini-biography (
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  fredthebear: <GrahamClayton: Has anyone read his book "Chess Tactics"? It looks well thought out, with explanations, examples and then quizzes.>

Yes, "Chess Tactics" is a terrific "little" book that I much prefer over longer books. It has 307 puzzles; most solutions are 3 moves. The Table of Contents includes: Introduction, Pins, Skewers, Double Attack, Discovered Attack, Back Rank Combinations, Overloading, Deflection, Decoying, Removal of Defence, Interception, Space Clearance, Zwischenzug, Pawn Promotion, Draw, Miscellaneous Problems, Solutions, Bibliography. It's material is of intermediate difficulty, probably not a first book of tactics for a beginner. First published by The Crowood Press Ltd 1984. Reprinted by Batsford in 2004. I'm not aware of any editing differences. Kindle currently sells "Chess Tactics" for $7.99.

IMHO, "Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors" by Lou Hays is less satisfying to read, slightly more difficult than Paul Littlewood's gem. Hays offers 535 diagrams, a good follow-up. This is the most challenging "Juniors" book that I'm aware of, although I suspect GM Joel Benjamin's new "World Champion Chess for Juniors" is plenty to consider.

BTW, "Chess Tactics" by Alexander Kotov is NOT about tactics. Kotov's book from the same era is about situational combinations, mostly finishing combinations. Typically, there's one diagram per column w/a brief explanation of the game situation. (At times, an entire game is given.) Most game fragment solutions are 5-8 moves long in story form, instead of listed in the back of the book. It's a pleasant read but not easy, perhaps intermediate and advanced level (one should have a strong grasp of tactics already). Kotov's "Chess Tactics" book was translated and edited by John Littlewood; printed in Great Britain but published in 1983 by American Chess Promotions. I'm not aware of modern reprints - it's often available used for a reasonable price.

By comparison, Fred Reinfeld's "Complete Book of Chess Stratagems" (Dover publishers) is also mistitled. It's a testy puzzle book of grandmaster combinations without written explanation, a challenging follow-up to Kotov's book. Reinfeld's book features English Descriptive notation, the others use algebraic notation. It takes a strong analyst to smash through Reinfeld's book without tips.

Anyone who can accurately handle the older books just mentioned certainly has master ability to calculate. Of course, there are many modern chess puzzle books that are just as useful.

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  keypusher: He beat me in a couple of simuls at the Wood Green Chess club around 1991. The first game was a tough battle, but the second was pretty much a crush.
Aug-31-22  Granny O Doul: It does not seem to be in wide use but I had a friend who used "skegness" to mean any sort of crud. "Eew, skegness!"

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