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Stephen W Giddins
Number of games in database: 74
Years covered: 1988 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2188
Highest rating achieved in database: 2290
Overall record: +15 -33 =26 (37.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A15 English (6 games)
C00 French Defense (5 games)
C18 French, Winawer (4 games)
A04 Reti Opening (4 games)
D02 Queen's Pawn Game (3 games)
C02 French, Advance (3 games)
E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 (2 games)
C19 French, Winawer, Advance (2 games)
B06 Robatsch (2 games)
D35 Queen's Gambit Declined (2 games)

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(born Jan-29-1961, 62 years old) United Kingdom

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Last updated: 2019-08-12 14:13:16

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Szaszvari vs S W Giddins  ½-½341988Upminster OpenA15 English
2. S W Giddins vs N McDonald  ½-½191989British ChampionshipE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
3. M Pein vs S W Giddins  1-0451989British ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
4. S W Giddins vs P Large  0-1291989British ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
5. S W Giddins vs D Coleman  1-0271989British ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. S W Giddins vs G Burgess  ½-½201989British ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
7. G Lane vs S W Giddins  1-0371989British ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
8. A J Mestel vs S W Giddins  1-0401990British ChampionshipA15 English
9. S W Giddins vs C Flear  ½-½121990British ChampionshipA80 Dutch
10. S Bibby vs S W Giddins  1-0301990British ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
11. T Mordue vs S W Giddins  1-0301990British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
12. S W Giddins vs Suba  0-1441991Hastings ChallengerE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. S Knott vs S W Giddins  1-014199115th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA16 English
14. T Ernst vs S W Giddins  0-1411994Arnold CupC18 French, Winawer
15. L Smart vs S W Giddins  0-1151994Troll MastersC18 French, Winawer
16. T Ernst vs S W Giddins  1-0311994Troll MastersC18 French, Winawer
17. A Blees vs S W Giddins  1-0381994Donner Memorial OpenC02 French, Advance
18. S W Giddins vs L Pliester  0-1471994Donner Memorial OpenA25 English
19. S W Giddins vs D Tyomkin  ½-½221995Antwerp opA59 Benko Gambit
20. S W Giddins vs H A Gretarsson  ½-½131995Troll MastersE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. T Ernst vs S W Giddins  ½-½251995Troll MastersC18 French, Winawer
22. S W Giddins vs L Christiansen  0-1671995Antwerp opE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
23. Vaganian vs S W Giddins 0-1381996Lost Boys OpenA15 English
24. S W Giddins vs Barsov  ½-½231996Lost Boys OpenE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. B Pel vs S W Giddins  1-0281997Lost Boys OpenC15 French, Winawer
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-04-07  morphyvsfischer: This author has written many useful books, such as 50 Essential Chess Lessons.
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  ketchuplover: Do you have that book? How is it?
Jan-29-09  jon01: I just got his book <101 Chess Endgame Tips>. The introduction really invites to read.
Apr-25-09  notyetagm: Does anyone know a public email address for contacting FM Steve Giddins?


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  ray keene: <notyetagm> yes i am in contact with steve giddins-i am a bit reluctant to give out his email in a public forum but if you contact me privately i will let you know-if you dont know how to contact me leave a message via the impala website
Apr-25-09  SimonWebbsTiger: Ray

could you pass on my regards to Steve. If you tell him Black Lion C.C and Denmark, he will know who I am!

We were club mates back in Gillingham, Kent but lost contact when I moved and he went to Russia. The usual stuff. Cheers

Apr-25-09  notyetagm: <ray keene: <notyetagm> yes i am in contact with steve giddins-i am a bit reluctant to give out his email in a public forum but if you contact me privately i will let you know-if you dont know how to contact me leave a message via the impala website>;

Why thank you, GM Keene. I will contact you shortly.

Jun-03-10  wordfunph: <morphyvsfischer: This author has written many useful books, such as 50 Essential Chess Lessons.>

<ketchuplover: Do you have that book? How is it?>

there were 50 well-annotated games as the title implied. At the end of each game, Steve presented the "essential lessons" in an easy-to-understand approach covering 1500-2000 players. 50 games were sorted in 5 themes:

1. Attacking the King
2. Defence
3. Piece Power
4. Pawn Structure
5. Endgame

In annotating games, Steve concentrated on verbal explanations.

i rate this Steve Giddins book 9/10!

Jul-13-11  wordfunph: i just finished reading Giddins' book How to Build Your Chess Opening Repertoire published by Gambit..

chessbook market is flooded with dry engine-analyzed games but this one is totally uncommon --- no engine analysis at all!

truly another masterpice by Steve Giddins, i rate this book 9/10!

May-07-12  SamAtoms1980: Mr. Giddins posted some problem articles on Chessbase some months ago, he and I share an interest in that aspect of chess.

He has also recently started a blog:


I go there mostly for his "Moves we would all like to play" series, but his other posts are interesting too. He obviously has some contempt for certain members of the British chess scene, you really have to read it for yourself.

Jun-19-12  Cemoblanca: <wordfunph>...& I've just started to read this 1! ;0) I think it's definatly worth it, because Steve has written many excellent books in the past & I expect no other than this! I just come around the corner to say "Thank You" Steve! :0)

By the way:


Mar-30-13  Gallicrow: I'm glad to see this venomous little toe-rag has given up writing his blog.
Apr-02-13  SamAtoms1980: Didn't notice that until just now.

I'll miss his chess-problem-related posts, those were good. His remark during the Anand-Gelfand match about classical chess being in its last throes, that doesn't look so good at the moment though...

Jun-12-13  DoctorD: The Ken Whyld Association ( reports that Giddins has lost "his interest in chess." Anyone know more?
Jun-13-13  SimonWebbsTiger: @<DoctorD>

he has dropped OTB play. Still active as a translator of Russian chess literature, and in problem chess.

Jun-13-13  DoctorD: But that makes giving up his membership in the KWA a bit odd since there is so much problem chess content going on there. Thanks, though.
Aug-02-13  Karpova: Giddins' Review <Bad Chess Writing>, published in Kingpin 33, 2000:
Sep-11-13  Gallicrow:
... but already it was impossible to say which was which.
Sep-11-13  SimonWebbsTiger: @<gallicrow>

I guess you are a friend of the Bedlam Brigade, care in the community Horton and Ernie "Good Moaning" Lazenby? No doubt you are right up CJ deMooi's alley on Gay Right T-shirts at national championships?

Sep-12-13  Gallicrow: @<Graham T>
I simply consider Giddins to be a nasty little jerk. That doesn't mean that I have to like everyone he dislikes.

The C J de Mooi incident, for example, was a disgrace. He should never have tried to combine his President of the ECF role with his Gay Rights role. He just did it to draw attention to himself, and it worked! But to then run away and spout lots of nonsense to R D Kobe? What a jerk. And how Giddins delighted in it all in his now defunct blog.

I was surprised to see you stoop to repeating Giddins' "Care in the community" comment. Why don't you have a think about that and then come back here to aplogise for allowing some of Giddins' nastiness to rub off on you.

Sep-12-13  DoctorD: I guess I missed all this nastiness by Giddins. In the problem chess world, he is quite the gentleman.
Sep-12-13  Gallicrow: Several people who know or knew Giddins have told me that he's perfectly OK in "real life".

However his review of Keene's book that <Karpova> posted a link to (written years before Giddins became a Keene brown-noser) and his appalling, hate-filled blog suggest that he is the very epitome of a Keyboard Warrior.

Having said that, I really like the books of his that I've read!

Aug-12-19  pazzed paun: Anyone know the content of Giddens new book
Avoiding mainline theory?
Jan-30-21  Gallicrow: A review of Side-Stepping Mainline Theory here:

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