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Michael Basman
M Basman 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 346
Years covered: 1960 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2289 (2172 rapid, 2269 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2350

Overall record: +158 -117 =64 (56.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (67) 
    A00 B00
 Sicilian (34) 
    B50 B21 B20 B22 B52
 King's Gambit Accepted (11) 
    C34 C33 C36 C37 C35
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A46 D02 A40 D04
 French Defense (7) 
    C17 C15 C13 C16 C02
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (6) 
With the Black pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (56) 
    B00 A00
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A40 D02
 Sicilian (16) 
    B40 B29 B83 B27 B43
 Reti System (11) 
    A04 A05
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B10 B16 B13 B15 B12
 English (10) 
    A10 A12 A13 A19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F Babar vs M Basman, 1993 0-1
   S Bibby vs M Basman, 1990 0-1
   C Morrison vs M Basman, 1981 0-1
   Mecking vs M Basman, 1967 0-1
   Andersson vs M Basman, 1975 0-1
   M Basman vs A Whiteley, 1973 1-0
   M Basman vs Nunn, 1978 1-0
   M Basman vs Tal, 1974 1/2-1/2
   C Laird vs M Basman, 1982 0-1
   M Basman vs A Budnikov, 1993 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1966/67 (1966)
   BCF-ch (1968)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   London (1975)
   BCF-ch (1986)
   BCF-ch (1984)
   1st Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1977)
   Hastings 1974/75 (1975)
   BCF-ch (1998)
   BCF-ch (1967)
   2nd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1978)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-1 (1968)
   BCF-ch (1985)
   Lugano Olympiad Final-B (1968)
   BCF-ch (1982)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Basmanian Daredevil by fredthebear
   Interesting Spike/Grob wins by smalldreams
   Interesting Spike/Grob wins by Nephrons1
   G-Men Wear Black Like Fredthebear by fredthebear
   JP G4 by Firelight
   1 G4!! by Cshatranj
   Basman Hastings 1966/67 by skware
   Hastings 1966/67 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Haarlem Masters
   M Bosboom vs M Basman (Oct-24-18) 1-0
   M Basman vs R Maciol (Dec-09-17) 1-0, rapid
   M Basman vs Shabalov (Dec-17-16) 0-1, rapid
   M Basman vs Giri (Dec-06-14) 0-1, rapid

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(born Mar-16-1946, 76 years old) United Kingdom

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Michael John Basman was born in St Pancras, London, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1980 and having dual nationality won the Erevan Championship whilst living there in the early 1970s. He was also a pioneer in the production of audio tapes for chess.

He is noted for his use of unorthodox flank openings, such as 1.g4, 1.h3, 1.e4 g5, etc. He expanded on the work of Henri Grob with his book on the topic of 1.g4, The Killer Grob.

He created the UK Chess Challenge, a tournament for juniors of all standards and ages progressing over four stages.(1)

1) https://www.delanceyukschoolschessc...
2) Wikipedia article: Michael Basman

Last updated: 2017-05-04 19:14:10

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 392  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Basman vs T Brugger  1-0221960From Junior Chess Games (Bott / Morrison)D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Szabo vs M Basman 1-0321961BBC Simul (Barden)A19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
3. M Basman vs V W Knox 1-0431962BCF-ch U18 qual-2B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. M Basman vs M H Miller  1-0411962BCF-ch U18 FinalB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. C Waites vs M Basman 1-0261962BCF-ch U18 FinalD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Keene vs M Basman 1-0351963Bognor rapid transit tourneyD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
7. M Basman vs N Stockman  0-1321963BCF-ch U21B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
8. R J Harris vs M Basman  0-1321963BCF-ch U21B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
9. Keene vs M Basman 1-0241963speed chessA33 English, Symmetrical
10. A R B Thomas vs M Basman 1-0171964Hastings Challengers -65B22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. Keene vs M Basman 0-1361965National Club ChampionshipA12 English with b3
12. Hartston vs M Basman  0-1361965London June TrainingB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. G Chesters vs M Basman  0-1371965London June TrainingC46 Three Knights
14. M Basman vs O M Hindle  1-0361965London June TrainingA48 King's Indian
15. R G Wade vs M Basman  0-1351965London June TrainingB58 Sicilian
16. M Basman vs Keene 0-1451965London June TrainingA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. M Basman vs F Burgener ½-½401966Orebro Stud olm prelim4B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. M Basman vs I Gat  0-1401966Orebro Stud olm prelim4B22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. M Basman vs M Cebalo  ½-½471966Orebro Stud olm fAB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. J Sloth vs M Basman 1-0381966Orebro Stud olm fAA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Spiridonov vs M Basman  1-0531966Orebro Stud olm fAA12 English with b3
22. M Basman vs Jansa  ½-½401966Orebro Stud olm fAA48 King's Indian
23. T Porrasmaa vs M Basman  0-1411966Orebro Stud olm fAD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. M Basman vs D Neukirch  0-1311966Orebro Stud olm fAA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Kuzmin vs M Basman 1-0671966Orebro Stud olm fAD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
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Mar-16-13  SugarDom: Best quote ever!!

Galing ng research mo tsongki.

Mar-17-13  Abdel Irada: It's highway grobbery, I tell you!
Apr-17-13  Tired Tim: Little known chess facts no 852: "Basman's family knew the singer Cleo Laine, who worked as a babysitter for the young Michael." (impeccable)source - Wikipedia.

Possibly in the same league as "John Dankworth played second board for Hampstead, and Ray Keene was a session museum for The Clash"

Jun-10-13  arthurp: Michael how could you do this! I never saw so many incorrect opening moves played by you in 2009.1.D4?? 1.E4??,1.d4 d5??. Please get back to Basmanian chess! Play in more tournaments!
Feb-28-14  offramp: In heaven Basman never stops punching Nimzowitsch in the stomach and shouting, Your stupid ideas destroyed my career!!
Mar-25-15  TheFocus: <Chess will always be in the doldrums as a spectator sport while a draw is given equal mathematical value as a decisive result> - Michael Basman.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <If we are to elevate the game of chess to a popular sport, grandmasters must become gladiators, otherwise the game will languish on the periphery, a voice crying in the wilderness, condemned to live and die on a cold arctic shore> - Michael Basman.
Mar-16-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Michael Basman.
Aug-29-16  offramp: Mike, who is now 70, has run into trouble.

This begins:
<The world's biggest chess championship faces being wound up after its organiser was bankrupted over a £300,000 tax bill.

The prestigious Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge, which involves more than 1,200 schools and has run for 20 years, is locked in a long-running dispute with the HMRC over VAT levied on its entry fees.

Mike Basman, the competition's founder, was handed an order of bankruptcy at the High Court in London last week, throwing the future of the competition, which staged its "terafinal" last weekend, into doubt.

The 70-year-old, from Surrey, said: "There's no way I can pay this. I'm a chess teacher and my work is to run a tournament, not to collect tax.>

It does not seem to be Basman's fault. I think the English tax people are being a bit faceless and hard-hearted.

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  MissScarlett: It seems to be very much Basman's fault. 'I'm doing it for the kids' doesn't constitute a legal defence.
Sep-15-16  sfm: "The rest of us were lucky that Basman played those weird openings. When he played something sound he was really dangerous! - Keene (as per my memory)
Feb-13-17  offramp: <sfm: "The rest of us were lucky that Basman played those weird openings. When he played something sound he was really dangerous! - Keene (as per my memory)>

That is funny! It makes me think of
Sam Sloan and his constant adoption of the Grob as White and the disastrous Damiano Defence as Black. He is a strong player but handicaps himself from the first move.

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: From across the Atlantic it seems very strange. VAT is not new. Entry fees are not new. Aren't there established methods for collecting one from the other (or demonstrating that you are exempt)?
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  MissScarlett: <
Let me tell you how it will be,
There's one for you, nineteen for me,
'Cause I'm the Basman, yeah, I'm the Basman.

Should five per cent appear too small,
Be thankful I don't take it all,
'Cause I'm the Basman, yeah I'm the Basman...>

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  MissScarlett: <
Court County Court at Kingston-upon-Thames
Type Bankruptcy
Number 0000100
Case Year 2016
Order Date 08 August 2016
Status Currently Bankrupt : Automatic Discharge will be 08 August 2017 See FootNote Case Description MICHAEL JOHN BASMAN SELF-EMPLOYED CHESS TEACHER OF 7 BILLOCKBY CLOSE, CHESSINGTON, SURREY, KT9 2ED>


Oct-27-17  posoo: now dis - DIS - is da true best playor of all time. he wod win ALL TORNAUES if da PSS were adopted.

LOOK at da imagination! da petience! DA AGRESS. INCREDABLE.

HUNDRED PERCENT berst player in da mold of DA OLD POSOO.

Nov-21-17  Octavia: Could anyone upload this game: Sowray-Basman, Exeter 1980 ? It's in Basman's St George book.

<Scarlett> did you loose a lot & badly to Basman?

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <<Scarlett> did you loose a lot & badly to Basman?>

It's Basman who lost the lot. But, as ever, it's nothing personal - Chernev highlighted the <bright side of chess>; my themes are darker.

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  redlance: Happy Birthday!!!
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  woldsmandriffield: Social media giants pay paltry amounts in tax & contribute to a mental health epidemic among young people, treatment for which is paid for by ordinary taxpayers.

Michael Basman ran a non-profit chess tournament to improve children’s thinking skills. HMRC went after him & showed no mercy.

Mar-17-19  JimNorCal: "Government is another word for things we do together..."
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <You can only apply for bankruptcy online. It costs £680.>

Premium Chessgames Member
  woldsmandriffield: Perhaps Michael Basman should have changed his name to Lorraine.
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: £300,000 for a one-year sabbatical sounds quite reasonable remuneration to me. Unless he got booted from his home, in which case he might end bumming a kip on Leonard William Barden 's sofa.
Mar-24-20  Caissanist: In 2017 the Delancey event was purchased out of bankruptcy by Sarah N Longson and Alexander Longson, who now run it: .
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