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John Eric Littlewood
Number of games in database: 308
Years covered: 1952 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2137
Highest rating achieved in database: 2380

Overall record: +113 -114 =75 (49.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B22 B72 B75 B80 B28
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C77 C91 C78 C65 C71
 French Defense (16) 
    C02 C05 C19 C15 C09
 King's Indian Attack (12) 
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C91 C86 C90 C95 C96
 Bird's Opening (7) 
    A02 A03
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (18) 
    E67 E69 E84 E87 E91
 Sicilian (14) 
    B22 B42 B72 B71 B92
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C78 C64 C72 C84 C87
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D80 D87 D81 D92 D94
 Philidor's Defense (12) 
 English (7) 
    A16 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bisguier vs J E Littlewood, 1962 0-1
   M Jago vs J E Littlewood, 1964 0-1
   J E Littlewood vs G Abrahams, 1962 1-0
   J E Littlewood vs A H Perkins, 1975 1/2-1/2
   R G Wade vs J E Littlewood, 1971 0-1
   M J Haygarth vs J E Littlewood, 1975 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (1962)
   Hastings 1962/63 (1962)
   BCF-ch (1963)
   Hastings 1961/62 (1961)
   British Championship (1959)
   British Championship (1979)
   British Championship (1969)
   British Championship (1975)
   British Championship (1978)
   British Championship (1966)
   British Championship (1970)
   British Championship (1977)
   British Championship (1983)
   British Championship (1981)
   European Union Individual Championship (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1960/61 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1962/63 by suenteus po 147

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(born May-25-1931, died Sep-16-2009, 78 years old) United Kingdom

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John Eric Littlewood was a FIDE Master. He was National Senior Champion in 2006. Father of Paul E Littlewood and brother of Norman Littlewood.

Wikipedia article: John Littlewood (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-08-25 14:13:00

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 327  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J E Littlewood vs E J Rutanen  0-1281952Liverpool ttC05 French, Tarrasch
2. C Dinsen vs J E Littlewood 0-1391952Liverpool ttC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
3. J E Littlewood vs C G Hilton 1-0421959British ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. D B Pritchard vs J E Littlewood  ½-½501959British ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
5. J E Littlewood vs J M Aitken  0-1761959British ChampionshipC71 Ruy Lopez
6. R G Wade vs J E Littlewood  0-1591959British ChampionshipA15 English
7. J E Littlewood vs Fazekas  ½-½651959British ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
8. Milner-Barry vs J E Littlewood 0-1401959British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. J E Littlewood vs Golombek  0-1391959British ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
10. A M Hallmark vs J E Littlewood  ½-½711959British ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. J E Littlewood vs R B Edwards  1-0231959British ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
12. J E Littlewood vs D Mardle  1-0401959British ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. M J Haygarth vs J E Littlewood  ½-½331959British ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
14. L Barden vs J E Littlewood  ½-½601960Hastings 1960/61A57 Benko Gambit
15. J E Littlewood vs B Cafferty  1-0351960Hastings 1960/61B20 Sicilian
16. Szabo vs J E Littlewood  ½-½471960Hastings 1960/61A05 Reti Opening
17. J E Littlewood vs Sliwa  0-1561960Hastings 1960/61C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
18. A Y Green vs J E Littlewood  0-1391961Hastings 1960/61E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
19. K W Lloyd vs J E Littlewood  ½-½411961Hastings 1960/61A05 Reti Opening
20. J E Littlewood vs Gligoric  0-1441961Hastings 1960/61C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. P H Clarke vs J E Littlewood  ½-½211961Hastings 1960/61E61 King's Indian
22. J E Littlewood vs Bondarevsky ½-½481961Hastings 1960/61C71 Ruy Lopez
23. J E Littlewood vs Gligoric 1-0481961Hastings 1961/62C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. J E Littlewood vs Botvinnik 0-1281961Hastings 1961/62B75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. M Aaron vs J E Littlewood  1-0421961Hastings 1961/62D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-17-05  DanielBryant: Anybody have any info on this guy?
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  keypusher: (1) His son Paul clobbered me in a simul in England in 1990 or so.

(2) Fischer quotes him in 60MG.

(3) Er, that's it.

Jun-01-05  Stefan Lukke: As far as i know John plays for Liverpool Chess Club

Quoted in one of Kasparov's "My Great Predecessors" books.

He is a really great guy to talk to.

Jun-01-05  offramp: If he was mentioned in 60MG and in one of the MGP books that is a weird record for a non-Grandmaster.

Here is my favourite game of his, Miles vs P Littlewood, 1984.

Jun-01-05  WMD: Litlewood, it seems, was first into print with the winning 30.Nh4! in the game Fischer vs Leonid Stein, 1967, and Fischer gives him the credit in MSMG. OMGP-IV follows suit.
Jun-29-05  Stefan Lukke: <offramp> You have the wrong Littlewood. It is John not Paul.

P.S. Sorry i'm late i've been away.

Jan-25-06  BlueMooner: I met & spoke with John Littlewood this evening. He stills plays & is in good health. He was playing the 1 Board for Skelmersdale vs Atherton (I was Board 5 & won...but that's incidental) He beat our Number One handsomely playing the Caro-Kann as black (e4 - c6) and we lost the overall match 3-.

Absolute gem of a guy he was amiable and happily talked chess with us mortals unlike some 'stars' of the game I have met.

He mentioned that he is soon due to play in Dresden in a forthcoming European Seniors Tournament he mentioned representing England.

I only looked him up om here tonight after meeting this evening and I can definitely say he is a top fella; to the extent that he asked me to phone him for any future advice! Hope this helps.


Jul-23-06  biglo: According to a book by Martin Beheim, Littlewood was a Lincolnshire school teacher nicknamed "Little Tal" among British players.
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  ray keene: <blue mooner> i played john, norman and paul littlewood ( john and norman were brothers-paul =son of john) i think a total of 7 times--all great guys tho norman is sadly dead. do you happen to have the moves of littewoods caro kann win or at least the opening moves-i never knew he played the caro kann and i am curious!
Jul-23-06  biglo: Ray I was just about to post links to Paul E Littlewood and Norman Littlewood :-)
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  ray keene: <Bisguier vs J Littlewood> if you want to see a truly rousing and typical win by john this is the one!

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  ray keene: and if anyone wants to see a genius game by norman littlewood who was amazingly talented but erratic see norman littlewod v lengyel hastings 1964 i think it was-fabulous game!!
Dec-07-06  Monoceros: My first thought when I stumbled across "J. Littlewood" was that it maybe was the mathematician J. E. Littlewood. But he died in 1977 and his middle name, I have just found out, is "Edensor".
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  whiteshark: Happy Birthday !
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  ray keene: apparently john sadly died this morning-i am now working on a suitable tribute for the times
Sep-18-09  Beancounter: I met John Littlewood and knew him through the Merseyside leagues. He was actually a lecturer in further education in Liverpool. He never became a full time pro but managed to achieve the rank of FM. Brilliant attacking player. I played him once in a correspondence game. He crushed me of course. I'm sorry to hear he's gone.
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  pawn to QB4: Me too. As a youngster I heard him lecture in friends and I came out inspired: it was the first time a master had taken us through a game and shown us the depth of thought that's going on during a top class game. For years afterwards he took the time to judge the best game competition at my club - I shudder to think of the sort of stuff we sent him to wade through. I had the great privilege of playing him twice: first time, he took it lightly and I won, don't ask me how. In the return, I lasted 16 moves...don't ask.
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  whiteshark: Malcolm Pein on the sad news of the death of John Littlewood:
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  Phony Benoni: Probably his most famous game is this loss: J Littlewood vs Botvinnik, 1962

Littlewood unleashed one of his brilliant attacks, and seemingly had the win in his grasp. But Botvinnik saved himself by a tiny finesse, later admitting he was only 50% sure at the time that he would survive.

Mar-05-11  Lennonfan: Just been through some of this mans games,excellent tactical nous,apparently a gentleman also,and very sad to hear he's passed on..i hadn't even heard of him till today,but may he rest in peace....
Nov-02-14  domradave: He wrote a great book, HOW TO PLAY THE MIDDLE GAME IN CHESS. I am reading it right now and finding the games in it on I think the book is part of a series, which includes a book on how to play the opening, and a book on how to play the endgame, written by other authors. Littlewood, just for this book alone, should be remembered.
Jun-19-15  wordfunph: rest in peace, FM John Littlewood..

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  fredthebear: "How to Play the Middle Game in Chess" by John Littlewood.

The Reprint:
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Batsford; 2nd edition (June 30, 2003) Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780713486179
ISBN-13: 978-0713486179
ASIN: 0713486171

The Original(?):
Series: Collins chess books
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Collins (1974)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 000410577X
ISBN-13: 978-0004105772

The game fragments from the book can be replayed from opening move to game's end on this internet site.

Littlewood also translated a number of books into English, most notably some of the writings of Alexander Kotov and Ludek Pachman. Be aware that multiple authors of the past (various subjects) used the same name John Littlewood.

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