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John N Sugden
Number of games in database: 261
Years covered: 1960 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2027 (2032 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2235
Overall record: +54 -125 =82 (36.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch (5 games)
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   J N Sugden vs M R Wilson (Jan-06-23) 1-0
   C Byrn vs J N Sugden (Jan-05-23) 0-1
   J N Sugden vs A A Gorgun (Jan-04-23) 1/2-1/2
   T Brown vs J N Sugden (Jan-03-23) 1-0
   J N Sugden vs S Jerome (Jan-02-23) 1-0

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(born May-22-1948, 74 years old) United Kingdom

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Dr John Neil Sugden was born in England in 1948. He was a key member of the Dulwich College team, which won the UK schools championship in 1965 and 1966. He went on to become a member of the Cambridge University team, which defeated Oxford in the annual varsity match, as well as winning the UK national clubs and counties championships on many occasions. He has competed at various times in the British Championship, and his latest exploit has been to win the English Chess Federation Major Open tournament in 2008.

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 261  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
6. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
8. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0161961Match game 1, Dulwich CollegeA06 Reti Opening
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0341961Match game 21, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
11. J N Sugden vs Keene 1-0261961MatchA55 Old Indian, Main line
12. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0421961Match game 9A35 English, Symmetrical
13. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1291961MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
14. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-1381961MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0151961DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0251961Match game 6, Bognor RegisD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261961MatchD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1501961English Boys U-14E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1231961DulwichB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0211961Match game 5A09 Reti Opening
21. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241961Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
22. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0201961U-14 ChampionshipA16 English
23. J N Sugden vs Keene  ½-½201961Match game 11, Dulwich CollegeC18 French, Winawer
24. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1301961Match game 6, BeckenhamE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0351961OlympiaA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
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  monopole2313: Is John N related to Mollie Sugden? "Mrs. Slocum" has lots of fans over here!
Feb-16-06  weary willy: Gus is a genius in his own right - a direct contemporary of Ray Keene at Dulwich College and Cambridge University

I'm sure he would have a higher strength than this rating indicates

Played the hilarious role of the gay beef farmer in the British sitcom formed by combining "Open all hours" and "Are you being served" - called, "Are you open to be serviced?"

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  ray keene: congratulations to my old sparring partner dr john sugden for winning the major open tournament in liverpool from this years british championships congress!
Nov-18-09  JonDSouzaEva: Is this John Sugden the historian who is an expert on Horatio Nelson?
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  ray keene: no its dr john sugden the expert on russian literature formerly of dulwich college and st johns college cambridge and many times competitor in the british championship
Dec-06-09  JonDSouzaEva: Here's my game against Mr Sugden. Since I was playing on board 2 for Hackney 1, I must have been a reserve as I would only have been graded about 160 or so at the time.

[Event "Hackney vs Lewisham, London League"]
[Site "OWNER-PC"]
[Date "1991.03.25"]
[White "Jon D'Souza-Eva"]
[Black "John Sugden"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Board "2/12"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. b4 cxb4 4. d4 d5 5. e5 Ne7 6. a3 Nf5 7. axb4 Bxb4+ 8. c3 Be7 9. Bd3 Nc6 10. Ba3 Bd7 11. Bxe7 Ncxe7 12. g4 Nh6 13. Ng5 Ng6 14. Qd2 Nxg4 15. Rg1 Nh6 16. Nxh7 Rxh7 17. Rxg6 Nf5 18. Rg2 Qh4 19. Na3 Qh3 20. Bf1 Nh4 21. Rxg7 Rxg7 22. Bxh3 Nf3+ 23. Ke2 Nxd2 24. Kxd2 Rh7 25. Bf1 Rxh2 26. Nb5 Bxb5

Dec-06-09  vonKrolock: Mr. Eva: Very interesting game ... (ps.: Maybe You saw the discussions on the Souza/Sousa question !? here João de Souza Mendes
Sep-09-11  ProjectR: This guy won the english chess fed open in 2008,thats pretty impressive for a man of his age. And i notice he's played many games against our english GM ray keene too,thats pretty impressive..fair play to the fella
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  ray keene: Dr John Sugden has notched another great success- at the age of 63 -by winning the british championship major open yet again -he tied for 1st prize at Sheffield 2011 in the major open but i think he is the only player from the trio of tied victors who qualifies for the 2012 british championship final from the 2011 major open. congratulations!
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  Dionysius1: Just doodling on how Keene and Sugden were at Dulwich College together and both went to Cambridge, brought me to look up on Wikipedia about "blues" and "half blues" (colours awarded for representing Oxford or Cambridge in certain sports).

Really annoyingly, it seems Cambridge is still only considering whether representing at the chess Varsity match should qualify for ANY kind of a blue.

Chess is under consideration with Gaelic Football (Hurray - no pun intended (no less relevant than some of the puns we get attached to games on, and Tiddlywinks.

What?? Lumped in with tiddlywinks? Sure, louche sense of humour and all, but blimey, that's insulting to our noble SPORT.

Feel free, kibitzers, to rant long and hard.

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