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Nicholas J Patterson
Number of games in database: 59
Years covered: 1962 to 1979
Last FIDE rating: 2345

Overall record: +20 -19 =20 (50.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (6) 
    B42 B31 B96 B33 B93
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E20 E43 E41
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C73 C91 C61 C98 C72
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (10) 
    B97 B56 B32 B22 B31
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(born Jun-09-1947, 74 years old) United Kingdom

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Nicholas James Patterson recieved a PhD in mathematics from Cambridge in 1973. His dissertation was On Conway’s Group .0 and Some Other Groups (Group Theory). He specialized in cryptography and large data sets and is now a biomathematician. He was a child chess prodigy.

He was Irish Champion in 1969. Patterson played top board for Ireland in the Olympiad of Siegen 1970, where he drew with Bent Larsen. He was a member of the Cambridge University team which won the UK club and county championships on numerous occasions.

Last updated: 2018-04-13 08:21:05

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 59  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N J Patterson vs Ronald Moss 1-0391962Whitby British u15 chB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Keene vs N J Patterson  0-14819635 game match, game 5D97 Grunfeld, Russian
3. N J Patterson vs Keene  ½-½2819635 game match, game 4C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. Keene vs N J Patterson  1-02719635 game match, game 3E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. N J Patterson vs Keene 1-04019635 game match, game 2C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
6. Keene vs N J Patterson  1-02719635 game match, game 1D98 Grunfeld, Russian
7. N J Patterson vs Keene 1-0381963London Junior ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
8. N J Patterson vs Keene 0-1281963MatchB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
9. Keene vs N J Patterson  1-0271963MatchD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
10. Keene vs N J Patterson 1-0261965Training gameA00 Uncommon Opening
11. J J Spencer vs N J Patterson  ½-½301967BCF-ch U21B32 Sicilian
12. N J Patterson vs V Maher  1-0371967IRL-chC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. N J Patterson vs E N Mulcahy  ½-½531967IRL-chC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
14. W Heidenfeld vs N J Patterson  1-0911967IRL-chC02 French, Advance
15. P Kendall vs N J Patterson  0-1301967BCF-ch U21A07 King's Indian Attack
16. L S Tate vs N J Patterson  0-1431967BCF-ch U21C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Keene vs N J Patterson ½-½301967College league matchE09 Catalan, Closed
18. G Botterill vs N J Patterson  ½-½381968Oxford-Cambridge mA56 Benoni Defense
19. N J Patterson vs Keene  0-1361968Cambridge University Knockout ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
20. N J Patterson vs Keene ½-½451968MatchE41 Nimzo-Indian
21. N J Patterson vs Keene 0-1331968MatchE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
22. N J Patterson vs A Jensen  0-1301968WchT U26 15th qual-DD97 Grunfeld, Russian
23. Gunnar Johansson vs N J Patterson  0-1371968WchT U26 15th qual-DA56 Benoni Defense
24. K Paulakos vs N J Patterson  0-1281968WchT U26 15th fin-BC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. N J Patterson vs H Broman  ½-½401968WchT U26 15th fin-BB42 Sicilian, Kan
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Jun-03-08  Ziggurat: This cryptologist and biomathematician was profiled in the New York Times a couple of years ago:
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DeFirmian-Patterson, London 1978, white to play and win:

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  Sally Simpson: One could pad out this bio from here:

This part drew attention on the ECF forum.

"In 1968 I played for the English students' team at Ybbs, Austria where I made a modest plus score. However, the team dynamics were just terrible and, by the end of the tournament, hardly any two members were on speaking terms."

The English team was Raymond Keene, William Hartston, Andrew Jonathan Whiteley and Daniel Wright (whose bio page needs sorting out. )

Nick Patterson was first reserve scoring. P. 8. W.4. D.3 L. 1.


This bit from the first link is also worth repeating.


The second tale involved my game with Gheorghiu. He got a winning endgame but misplayed it in time pressure and on adjournment I thought I was drawing. Gheorghiu then leaned across the board:

Gheorghiu: You should resign!

Patterson: (No reply.)

Gheorghiu: I am a strong grandmaster, I move my pawns up the board and what can you do?

Patterson: (No reply.)

On analysing during the adjournment I realised that I could force an easily drawn R+P v R ending and so it proved on resumption. I think Gheorghiu knew very well the adjournment was a draw and figured that he would try and bluff before the Irish weakie figured the position out!


The game was drawn. Patterson - Gheorghiu, 1970 Siegen Olympiad.

Final position.

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I'd submit the game but there appears to be a back-log of games I've submitted, I won't add to it.

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  MissScarlett: <MissSally>, what occasioned your post? Was it this?
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  Sally Simpson: No it was something I read on the ECF forum which lead to story about the game.

The link is good though:

"Born in 1947 to Irish parents in London, his talents made him a child maths and chess prodigy. A few years after graduating from Cambridge University, he was recruited to work for the UK's signals intelligence agency GCHQ, where he spent a decade.

After that, he worked for another 10 years at the US equivalent, the National Security Agency (NSA). After leaving the spy world, Paterson worked for the successful New York-based hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, before beginning his collaboration with Reich in 2001."

Jun-09-19  Nosnibor: I recall playing Patterson in a friendly speed game at the Hastings Chess Club in 1965.Although I won he quite rightly complained about certain players talking too loud during our game. With regard to the World Student Championship in Ybbs-an - der- Donau,Austria he achieved the second highest percentage score behind Hartston and it is certainly not a modest record at almost 69%. In appearance he had a likeness to Von Bardeleben and although studious was a friendly and likeable person.

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