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Michael Basman
M Basman 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 298
Years covered: 1960 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2289 (2172 rapid, 2269 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2350

Overall record: +135 -103 =53 (55.5%)*
   * 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 (60) 
    A00 B00
 Sicilian (32) 
    B21 B22 B50 B52 B72
 King's Gambit Accepted (11) 
    C34 C33 C36 C37 C35
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 D02 A40 D04
 French Defense (6) 
    C15 C02 C17 C13 C16
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (6) 
With the Black pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (49) 
    B00 A00
 Sicilian (16) 
    B40 B29 B28 B44 B83
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A40 D02
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A05
 Alekhine's Defense (8) 
    B02 B03 B04
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B10 B13 B15 B16
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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
   M Basman vs A Budnikov, 1993 1-0
   C Laird vs M Basman, 1982 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1966/67 (1966)
   London (1975)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Hastings 1974/75 (1975)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-1 (1968)
   Lugano Olympiad Final-B (1968)

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

   🏆 London Classic Superrapid
   M Basman vs Shabalov (Dec-17-16) 0-1, rapid
   M Basman vs A Giri (Dec-06-14) 0-1, rapid

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(born Mar-16-1946, 75 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 12; games 1-25 of 298  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. R J Harris vs M Basman  0-1321963BCF-ch U21B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
8. M Basman vs N Stockman  0-1321963BCF-ch U21B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
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. M Basman vs O M Hindle  1-0361965London June TrainingA48 King's Indian
13. Hartston vs M Basman  0-1361965London June TrainingB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. G Chesters vs M Basman  0-1371965London June TrainingC46 Three Knights
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. G Kuzmin vs M Basman 1-0671966Orebro Stud olm fAD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
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  wordfunph: In Michael Basman's book The Killer Grob, he stated... "...There was a ninety-minute tape containing my eleven games from the British Championship 1982, where I used the Grob in every round."
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  GrahamClayton: Photo of Basman relaxing while watching an outdoor game at the Broadgate Centre, London:

Jul-22-10  Bixel: Basman's awesome. He really Grobs the opponent and doesn't let go!
Jul-22-10  redlance: He beat John Nunn with the Grob,
maybe John didn't know where he went wrong!!!
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  Willem Wallekers: < FHBradley: I wonder how much better results he would have achieved, if he hadn't played these "unorthodox flank openings". There is little point in being unorthodox, if being unorthodox implies being plainly wrong, someone said.> IMHO he's waisting his talent and eloping his responsibilities.
May-26-11  SvetlanaBabe: I, on behalf of the 'Coffee-house' chessplayers of Australia, thank IM Basman for existing.
Jul-16-11  Shams: Andrew Martin video on Basman:
Oct-04-11  jackpawn: OMG! In honor of today's opening (Borg Defense) I tried it in a couple of games against Little Chess Partner. I won easily! I admit Little Chess Partner isn't the strongest opponent, but I felt very comfortable in the resulting positions. Maybe I should have been playing in Basman's style my whole life?!
Oct-04-11  Harvestman: Just to put in a positive word of thanks to IM Basman for all of his tremendous efforts in supporting junior chess in the UK, and organising the huge Megafinals mentioned above.

I have met him briefly at several of these and he does a brilliant job with the kids.

Nov-08-11  jackpawn: I've been trying the Borg against various computer programs. I'm just amazed how truly playable it is! I've been a conservative in openings my whole life and this is just doing a 180 for me. Becoming a radical in my old age!
Nov-08-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<jackpawn>

I agree with what Ray Keene said back in Mar-26-07.

The Borg is tricky but not really all that good. I feel Basman feels a little justified though.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 has been a much tested line at the highest levels in the Sicilian Najdorf (English Attack). It contains some ideas similar to the Borg!

Nov-11-11  jackpawn: Being objective I agree that the Borg simply can't be good, but what I found surprising is how well it works against various White setups.

I haven't tried it yet against humans, but I would imagine it might be good as a surprise weapon against non-Masters.

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  GrahamClayton: "What is the most likely reason that he [Basman] never became a Grandmaster? He was having too much fun." - Peter Lalic.
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  wordfunph: "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."

- IM Michael Basman

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!
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  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.
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  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)
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