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Stephen W Giddins
Number of games in database: 30
Years covered: 1988 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2188
Highest rating achieved in database: 2290
Overall record: +4 -13 =13 (35.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-29-1961, 60 years old) United Kingdom

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

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Szaszvari vs S W Giddins  ½-½341988Upminster OpenA15 English
2. S W Giddins vs Suba  0-1441991Hastings ChallengerE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. S W Giddins vs L Christiansen  0-1671995Antwerp opE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
4. Vaganian vs S W Giddins 0-1381996Lost Boys OpenA15 English
5. S W Giddins vs Barsov  ½-½231996Lost Boys OpenE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
6. R E Maullin vs S W Giddins  1-0291999Herts Congress-26C45 Scotch Game
7. S W Giddins vs C Majer  1-0291999Herts Congress-26A15 English
8. I Ibragimov vs S W Giddins  ½-½2920004th OIBM in Bad WiesseeE41 Nimzo-Indian
9. S W Giddins vs G Proksch  1-0152001Bad Woerishofen op 17thA35 English, Symmetrical
10. K Arakhamia-Grant vs S W Giddins  1-0312001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenC19 French, Winawer, Advance
11. M Dutreeuw vs S W Giddins  ½-½212001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
12. S W Giddins vs G J van der Hoeven  ½-½132001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenB06 Robatsch
13. S W Giddins vs Z Krnic  ½-½212001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenA17 English
14. S Strating vs S W Giddins  0-1332001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
15. S W Giddins vs P Peelen  ½-½152001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Y Afek vs S W Giddins  ½-½402001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenC02 French, Advance
17. A Blees vs S W Giddins  ½-½152001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. S W Giddins vs Ree  0-1352001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenA04 Reti Opening
19. S W Giddins vs Carlsen ½-½122002Gausdal Troll MastersA13 English
20. S W Giddins vs S Sulskis 0-1422003Gibraltar MastersA37 English, Symmetrical
21. S W Giddins vs U Zak  0-1302003Gibraltar MastersD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. S W Giddins vs A Ledger  0-1332003Gibraltar MastersA34 English, Symmetrical
23. S W Giddins vs A H Wohl  ½-½232003Gibraltar MastersB03 Alekhine's Defense
24. S W Giddins vs Bellon Lopez  0-1252003Gibraltar MastersA10 English
25. S W Giddins vs Z Izoria  0-1332003Essent OpenE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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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.

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  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!

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  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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