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Murray Chandler: UK Tournaments 1975-1989 – Notes

1975

25th Paignton Congress (7-13 September 1975) - Premier - 1 R Bellin 6/7; 2 J Kinlay 5½; 3-8 TB Bennett, AJ Booth, M Chandler, GM Hayes, JB Sellens, MJ Staples 5. “Kinlay drew in the final round with 15-year-old New Zealander Murray Chandler who went on to Guernsey, Hull, Woolacombe, Southampton...” (CHESS, Dec 1975, p99)

12th Hull Congress (19-21 Sept 1975) - Open - 1-2 S Berry (London), RD Westra (Hull) 4½/5; 3-7 M Chandler [“G.W. Chandler” is erroneously given in both national magazines, suggesting the error was in the press release], N Lazonby (Grimsby), DR [Dafydd] Johnston (Hull, later Wales), GP Hildred (Hull), JW Atkinson (Hull) 4.

Kettering op (26-28 September 1975) 1st NN, scored 5½/6. M Chandler 4½/6. Miles scored 5/6 to finish 2nd=, otherwise no info available.

"Results at Kettering 2nd= with 4½/6. Lost to Tony Miles IM, W[orld] J[unior] Champion [19]74... won £17.50 and made an absolute profit (including accommodation, train fare, entry fee, etc) of 10 pence. Philip Clark got 4/6. With a ½ in the last round I lost £100 – a win would have given me [text obscured by airmail sticker] 1st= with Miles (sob, sob). My chess is improving all the time and I think I might like to stay in the UK. Am having a great time in Guernsey." (Postcard from MC to his parents in NZ, October 1975)

Guernsey International (5-11 Oct 1975): 1 GH Bennett 6½/7, 2-3 K Pytel (POL), M Fuller (AUS) 6; 4-8 R Dieks (NED), R Magrini (ITA), M Ploeger (NED), B Sandmann (BRD), D Wright 5½; 9-18 P Byway, GH James, R Gamble, DJ Rogers, PV Wade, R Maza (ESP), K Wicker, M Chandler (NZL), BH Wood, W Heidenfeld (IRL) 5, 19-31 JM Aitken (SCO), JPA Bakker (NED), M Bergstrom (SWE), M Cichy (BRD), P Clark (NZL), JP Ferrer (ESP), K Kraft (BRD), HD MacPherson, RMR O'Kelly, B Pytel (POL), A Schuering (NED), D Shuttleworth, PA Sunnucks 4½, etc. Ladies prize: PA Sunnucks, B Pytel (POL). Guernsey prize: DK Browning 4. 121 players. Crosstable on Guernsey Festival website.

5th Woolacombe, known as the Barnstaple Open (17-19 Oct 1975): 1-2 GH Bennett, ML Fuller 5/5; 3-4 R Bellin, JR Boyce 4½; 5-13 M Chandler, PW Cotter, TJ Gluckman, H Lamb, DE Rumens, P Waters, JK Whitcutt, RFT Wood, BH Wood 4, etc.

4th Southampton Open (24-26 Oct 1975, 118 players) 1 Glenn Lambert 5½/6, 2-6 D Rumens, M Chandler, M Thompson, GH Bennett, C Chandler 5, etc. Julian Hodgson 4, lost to Chandler last round. (CHESS, Dec 1975, p99)

1st Kent Junior Chess Association Championship, Tunbridge Wells (27-28 Oct 1975, 18 players) - U18: 1 MC [sic] Chandler (Charlton) 4½/5*, 2 LT Canham 4 (Data given thus in BCM, Jan 1976, p15 & CHESS, Dec 1975, p99, though they also seem to think there was play on the 25th which would be inconsistent with MC playing the Southampton Open on that day) (results - 1 v MA Seton, 1 v AC Kosten, 1 v MCL Read, 1 v JJ Ady, ½ v LT Canham) (* The Kent U16 ran over six rounds so perhaps this was also out of six)

2nd LARA Congress, Southwark College, London (31 October - 2 November 1975, 211 players) - 1 Danny Wright 5½/6; 2-8 E Meyer (USA), J Nunn, AP Law, AT Richardson, R de Coverly, D Parr (AUS), MJ Franklin 5, etc. MC took part, scoring 4 out of 6 and winning a junior prize. Tony Miles scored only 3½.

(December 1975 - returned to NZ to take part in the New Zealand Championship, starting 27 December 1975)


1976

2nd Jersey open (2-8 May 1976) - 1 DE Rumens 6½/7; 2-3 M Fuller, KJ Wicker 6; 4-12 JB Adams, MJ Freeman, V Gass (BRD), R Goldenberg (FRA), H Lamb, P Leynen (NED), W Luberti (NED), E Moskow (USA), JE Stada (NED) 5; 13-21 G Boersma (NED), M Chandler, R Evertse (NED), M Faber (BRD), TD Harding, CM Kuijpers (NED), RW O'Brien, D Sikkel (NED), BH Wood 4½, etc.

Buckley open, Flintshire, Wales, near Chester (22-23 May 1976) - 1st David Levy 5/5; 2-3 Peter G Killick, Robert K Taylor 4; 4th(=?) M Chandler 3½... (BCM, Aug 1976, p344, plus info from Robert K Taylor)

27th Ilford Open (28-31 May 1976) - 1 A Miles 5½/6, 2-5 M Chandler, Jana Hartston, D Parr, D Rumens 5; (many more names given, BCM, Aug 1976, p342)

County Championship Semi-Final 1976 (undated, probably mid-year) Greater Manchester 7, Kent 13 (board 7 TJ Stuttard 1-0 M Chandler) (BCM ref, Aug 1976, p339)

London Elo tournament, organised by Max Fuller - 11 player all-play-all. 1976 but exact dates not known – not reported in BCM, but p113 of FIDE Chess Yearbook 1976/77 (Kevin O’Connell, Batsford - table may be found online in the Di Felice book). Players: 1-2 M Chandler, PE* Littlewood 8½/10; 3 JG Nicholson 6½; 4 KJ Wicker 6; 5-6 M Fuller, MJ Franklin 5; 7 AE Hanreck 4½; 8-9 D Rumens, N Povah 3½; 10 NR Benjamin 2½, 11 RW O’Brien 1½. (* The Chandler scoresheet had "J Littlewood" but the record in Di Felice's book of crosstables, which comes from Kevin O'Connell's Batsford book FIDE Chess Yearbook 1976/77, gives "P Littlewood".) Later note (11 September 2020): it has been confirmed that it was Paul (and not his father John) Littlewood who played the game.

Biel Junior (15-21 July 1976, 7-round swiss) – 1 M Chandler 7/7; 2 E Lobron (USA) 5½... (72 players comprising 39 from Germany, 23 from Switzerland, 3 from Netherlands, 2 from USA, 2 from Greece, 1 from Austria, 1 from Yugoslavia and 1 from New Zealand)

Evening Standard London Congress, National Bank of Dubai Open (30 July - 1 August 1976) - 1 CW Pritchett 5½/6, 2-7 R Bellin, M Chandler, M Fuller, JE Littlewood, A Miles, J Speelman 5; 8-22 CW Baker, HD Macpherson, IR Watson, MJ Franklin, MJ Basman, S Berry, H Bohm (NED), GS Botterill, CS Crouch, DSC Goodman, VW Knox, B Kurajica, DE Rumens, PV Byway, PJ Sowray 4½ (many more names including PG Large, BCM, Nov 1976, p499, CHESS, Aug 1976, p344) MC drew with John Littlewood in Rd 6.

Charlton (18-20 June 1976) - 426 players, 117 in the open - 1 A Miles 5½/6, 2-5 M Basman, R Bellin, D Parr, D Rumens 5; 6-12 JN Briggs, C Crouch, R Emerson, R Lobo, I McAllan, S Reuben, K Wicker, 4½; 13-29 JC Benjamin, TB Bennett, M Chandler, ML Fuller, CD Gilliam, A Hanreck, TD Harding, J Kinlay, PG Large, T Parkes, JC Pigott, N Povah, DH Powell, E Rayner, AJ Rolfe, DGA Shallcross, DS Tucker 4; 30-44 NR Benjamin, M Brown, MP Cook, JM Hodgson, MK Jones, SC Le Blancq, E Liberman, M Macdonald-Ross, A Martin, AH Perkins, A Phillips, DC Taylor, JD Wager, AS Westwood, DP Willmets 3½ (BCM, Aug 1976, p341)

British Championship (Portsmouth, 9-20 August 1976)

Chorley Open (Saturday 28 August - 30 August 1976) - no results found - MC 5/6?, other players include J Horner, V Knox, MP Townsend, P Littlewood, P Adams, Mather(?).

HE Atkins Mem Open, Leicester (3-5 Sept 1976, 58 players) - 1-2 M Chandler, DI Patrick 5/6, 3-6 TB Bennett, G Botterill, SJ Hutchings, S Reuben 4½

Glasgow Open (25-27 Sept 1976) - 1-2 D Rumens, H Westerinen 4/5; 3-4 E Rayner, S Swanson 3; 5-7 PM Giulian, CW Pritchett, IJ Sinclair 2½; 8-11 M Chandler, DJ Findlay, RM McKay, J Montgomery 2; 12 JRL Webb ½. (full results discoverable online - Di Felice book)

2nd Guernsey International (2-8 Oct 1976, 92 players) - 1 M Fuller 6½/7; 2 M Chandler (NZL) 6; 3-4 A Derikum (BRD), AE Hanreck 5½; 5-11 DH Cummings, RJ Gamble, W Haase (BRD), HJ Plaskett, KB Richardson, AK Swift, SM Taulbut 5; 12-21 JM Aitken (SCO), G Botley, M Gielow (BRD), B Hansen (NED), NW Ivell, HD Leis (BRD), RW O'Brien, K Odink (NED), JD Wager, J Waldschlager (BRD) 4½, etc (BCM, Jan 1977, p16) Crosstable on Guernsey Festival website.

Islington Open (152 players, 17-19 Dec 1976) 1 G Botterill 5½/6, 2-10 M Chandler, M Franklin, AP Law, J Fedorowicz, J Nunn, CW Pritchett, DE Rumens, J Tisdall, S Webb 5.


1977

Lancashire Open, Blackpool (18-20 March 1977) - won by Jeff Horner with 5/5. "He beat Chandler, Rumens and Webb." 2-3 D Parr, DP Mooney 4½; 4-10 S Webb, V Knox, D Rumens, B Eley, N Davey, Sheila Jackson, Daniel King 4.

Nottingham open (25-27 March 1977) - 1-2 D Rumens, S Webb 5½/6; 3-4 M Chandler, M Franklin 5. 

2nd North London Junior - date probably early April 1977 (the 1978 equivalent was around this time)

Thames Valley Easter Congress (8-11 April 1977) - no record - Nunn-Rumens game published - MC scored 4½/6.

1st Eltham Congress (22-24 April 1977) – open (60 players) – 1 D Rumens 6/6; 2-4 M Fuller, A Martin, J Johnson 5; 5̵̵̵-6 KJ Wicker, JG Nicholson 4½.  MC score not recorded.

Borehamwood (7-8 May 1977) -

28th Ilford Open (3-6 June 1977, 66 players) - 1 MJ Franklin 5½/6; 2-5 R Bellin, M Chandler, D Rumens, J Plaskett 5.

Charlton Congress (17-19 June 1977) - Open - 1 R Emerson 5½/6; 2-5 M Chandler, D Goodman, C Pritchett, N Short 5. Not reported in BCM except in Late News. The venue was a university college in Moorgate due to the unavailability of Charlton House (my thanks to Michael Yeo for supplying this additional information).

3rd Surrey Congress, New Malden (15-17 July 1977) - Open - 1-5 M Chandler, CS Crouch, AP law, J Nunn, DE Rumens 4½/5; 6-9 R Bellin, J Kinlay, JG Nicholson, NE Povah 4.

Hereford Congress (22 July 1977) - Open -

Evening Standard Congress, National Bank of Dubai open (29-31 July 1977) - 1-2 J Speelman, S Webb 5½/6; 3-6 C Cubitt, NE Povah, S Taulbut, MJ Yeo 5; 7-24 TB Bennett, C Bergstrom, R Britton, JJ Carleton, M Chandler, CM Cooley, CS Crouch, DS Goodman, Dr U Jahr (BRD), AP Law, MA Lee, R Lobo, HD Macpherson, J Nunn, HJ Plaskett, B Simm, PJ Sowray, P van der Weide (NED) 4½. Also in the field: Kurajica, H Bohm, C Pritchett, M Fuller, D Rumens, R Bellin. Reuben reported in BCM, Nov 1977: “... [in a para describing round 4] Chandler and Plaskett masochistically got into time-trouble and the latter happened to turn out the winner.”

Thames Valley Jubilee Congress (30 September - 2 October 1977, Richmond) - Open (referred to as ‘Major’, 86 players) - 1 J Plaskett 5½/6; 2-4 SC Le Blancq, M Pagden, PA Lamford 5. (Don’t think MC played in this one, but put it here as a reminder that there were TWO Thames Valley congresses that year)


1978

14th Islington open (15-17 December 1978) - can’t find results in BCM.

Hastings Challengers 1978/79 ... 10-14 M Chandler... 6½ (many names given in BCM, March 1979, p117)


1979

1st City of London Open (23-25 Feb 1979) - 1 J Plaskett 6/6; 2 M Basman 5½; 3-6 M Chandler, L Blackstock, A Kosten, K Arkell 5. 

Aaronson Masters (12-20 April 1979) 1 P Littlewood 7½/9; 2-3 Niklasson, Rivas 7; 4-5 Britton, Janosevic 6½; 6-12 Bjork, Chandler, Ligterink, MacPherson, Plaskett, Petursson, Speelman 6 (more names, BCM, June 1979, p279)

North London Junior (20-23 April 1979, Highbury Grove) - International Open - 1 M Chandler 5½ (out of 6); 2-4 E Teichmann, G Flear, M Hebden 5; 5-8 Steven Quigley, Shaun Finlayson, Tony Peterson, Egill Thorsteins (57 players) - part of the same congress - International Pitman Quickplay Open (128 players) - 1 D King 6½; 2-6 A Byron, N Davies, M Chandler, M Hebden, M Pein 6 (other players named in SCCU Bulletin)

6th Alicante (Benidorm, 22-30 May 1979, 10 player a.p.a.) 1-4 W Hartston (ENG), J Eslon (SWE), O Rodriguez (PER), O Castro (COL) 5½/9; 5-6 M Chandler (NZ), Angel Martin (ESP) 5; 7 R Oltra (ESP) 4½; 8-9 J Bellon (ESP), J Fernandez (ESP) 3½; 10 Leontxo Garcia (ESP) 1½.

Borehamwood (May/June 1979) 1 M Chandler

World Open, Philadelphia (30 June - 4 July 1979, 10 rounds) – 1-7 Haakur Angantysson (ISL) (1st on tie-break), A Miles, F Gheorghiu, W Browne, A Bisguier, B Zuckerman, J Fedorowicz 8/10

Philadelphia International (9-18 July 1979) (73 Players; 10 Rounds) 1 Florin Gheorghiu 8/10; 2 John A Peters 7½; 3-4 P Benkö, Robert Gruchacz 7; 5-11 Haakur Angantysson, R Balinas, M Chandler, M Wilder, Larry Evans, Steve Odendahl, Walter Shipman 6½

Evening Standard Congress, National Bank of Dubai Open (27-29 July 1979, 175 players) - 1 Z Klaric (YUG) 5½/6; 2-7 G Botterill, AD Martin, J Nunn, AH Perkins, CW Pritchett, N Short 5; 8-16 B Kurajica (YUG), LA Schneider (SWE), E Formanek USA), M Chandler, U Avner (ISR), N Povah, B Rogulj (YUG), R Britton, MV Lambshire 4½. Scoring 4 were J Speelman, J Boey, D Strauss, MJ Franklin, AP Law, J-L Seret, M Hebden, J Kinlay, JM Hodgson, R Bellin, Jana Miles, G Flear (BCM, Nov 1979, p545)

British Championship (6-17 August 1979)

Lloyds Bank (22-30 August 1979) 1st M Chandler on tie-break from Haik & Westerinen 7/9 (BCM, Nov 1979, p525); 4 Jansson 6½; 5-14 G Botterill, C Crouch, D Friedgood, D King, S Knott, A Law, P Littlewood, Odendahl, Petursson, Ravikumar 6. (More names, SCCU Bulletin)

Benedictine Manchester (5-13 September 1979) - 1st M Chandler on tie-break from Botterill, both 7/9 (more names, BCM, Nov 1979, p547)

London League 1979/80 (playing for Charlton) - 0 v AJ Whiteley (Cavendish), 1 v JB Adams (Metropolitan), ½ v LM Pickett (Lewisham), ½ v AP Law (Wood Green), ½ v TB Bennett (Insurance - Eastman Cup Rd 2), 1 v P Acton (Hampstead), 1 v JM Hodgson (Streatham), ½ v M Pein (London University), ½ v AD Martin (London Central YMCA - also Eastman Cup s-final)

Civil Service CA Open (9-11 November 1979) - 1-3 J Nunn (won on S/B), M Chandler, M Silva [scores not given]

Oxford City CC Centenary (16-18 November 1979) - Open - 1 KP Neat 4½/5; 2-5 B Cafferty, N Benjamin, PJ Sowray, AJ Muir 4; 6-8 D Lewis, M Chandler, J Nunn 3½.

14th Torbay Congress (23-25 November 1979). The leading positions were given in the inside back cover of the January 1980 BCM (and also on p82 of the Feb 1980 BCM) - Open: 1-2 M Chandler, C Pritchett 4½; 3-4 M Hebden, M Franklin 4.

5th Goodyear Open (Wolverhampton, 30 November - 2 December 1979) - no results found but probable that Hebden came first with either 5/5 or 4½/5. M Chandler 4/5.

Islington Open (21-23 Dec 1979) - Open - 1 R Britton 5½/6; 2-6 J Nunn, P Large, J Hodgson, R Bellin, M Chandler [no score given - presumably 5?]


1980

Portsmouth Premier (1-3 Feb 1980) - 1 C Cuartas (COL) 5½/6; 2-4 M Hebden, AD Martin, R Bellin 5; 5-8 K Arkell, M Chandler, S Conquest, IR Watson 4½

2nd City of London Open (22-24 Feb 1980) - 1-2 M Chandler, C Pritchett 5½/6, 3-8 R Bellin, D Cummings, P Large, A Law, J Nicholson, MA Silva 5. 173 played.

Lloyds Bank Simul (Lloyds Bank HQ, London, 5 May 1980 - +15, =8, -5 (SH Babbs, BA Cowan, IN Heppell, R Budd, PR Price)

Borehamwood (May/June 1980)

1st Manor Tyres Open (Bristol, 13-15 June 1980, 5 rounds) – 1 M Basman 5/5; 2-6 B Cafferty, J Nunn, G Botterill, D Parr, M Surtees 4/4½? [gleaned from Alex Easton's history of the Manor Tyres event]

Evening Standard Congress, National Bank of Dubai Open (25-27 July 1980) - 1-7 M Chandler, P Littlewood, J Speelman, L Ftacnik, Z Pavicic, B Rogulj, A Haik 5/6 (more names, BCM, Sep 1980, p493 & SCCU Bulletin)

British Championship (4-16 August 1980)

Lloyds Bank Masters (20-28 August 1980) 1-3 Gheorghiu (1st on tie-break), M Chandler, Ligterink 7/9 (more names, BCM, Nov 1980)

3rd Benedictine International, Manchester (3-11 September 1980) - 1-2 J Nunn (1st on tie-break), G Sax 7/9; 3 L Lederman (ISR) 6½; 4-8 L Andreasson (SWE), N Davies, M Fuller, W Morris (USA), I Zilber (ISR) 6; 9-15 K Pytel, A Martin, R Hartoch, M Chandler, L Gutman, B Bednarski (POL). N de Firmian 5½

9th Chelmsford open (3-5 October 1980) 1-2 M Chandler, S Taulbut 5½/6; 3 DR Lewis 5; 4 R Richmond 4½; 5-9 R Bellin, SG Dighton, H Erdogan, J Kinlay, AP Lewis 4

Regency Masters (Ramsgate, 25 October - 2 November 1980, 9? rounds) - 1 Nigel Davies (nothing in BCM)

Brighton (10/11-18/19 December 1980) - 10 player APA, category 5 - 1-2 M Chandler, J Speelman 6½; 3-4 L Day, S Taulbut 5½; 5 F van der Vliet 5; 6-7 D Goodman, W Watson 4½; 8-9 R Gruchacz, J Tisdall 2½; 10 D Cummings 2. (Note - Big/Mega Database 2020 wrongly has J Watson but it was definitely Willie Watson)

Islington Open (19-21 December 1980) - 1-3 J Nunn, M Chandler (?), M Hebden 5½/6 (although BCM, January 1981, page 4, reads ambiguously - “...Tony Miles lost to Jim Plaskett in round 4, and Murray Chandler blundered away his queen in round 5. So the top three were John Nunn, Chandler and Mark Hebden (winner of Islington with 5½ (6) – exactly the same finishing order as in 1979!” Maybe the Chandler referred to as joint first was Cliff?

Hastings Premier 1980/81


1981

ARC Young Masters, Chichester (27 February - 1 March 1981) - Masters - 1 M Chandler 5½/6; 2 P Littlewood 5; 3-6 A Miles, S Taulbut, G West, J Hall 4½. 46 played.

9th Charlton (17-19 July 1981) 1 S Taulbut 6/6; 2 R Bellin 5½; 3 C Chandler 5; 4-8 A Kosten, D Murphy, W Watson, M Pein C Pritchett 4½ (BCM)

2nd Manor Tyres, Bristol (26-28 June 1981) - 1-2 M Chandler, A Miles 4½/5; 3-10 G Anthony, Alan P Ashby, Terry C Fox, A Kosten, A Martin, RI Nokes (NZ), J Nunn, P Wells 4.

British Championship (3-14 August 1981)

Lloyds Bank Masters (25 August - 2 September 1981) - 1-3 Keene, Seirawan, Miles 7/9; 4-7 Gheorghiu, Kraidman, Murey, Hebden 6½, 8-21 Smyslov, Chandler, ... (many more names, BCM, Nov 1981, p469)

1st North London Open (30 October - 1 November 1981) - 1 Mark Hebden 5½/6; 2-5 M Chandler, Flear, Kosten, Povah 5


1982

3rd Manor Tyres, Bristol (25-27 June 1982) - Open - 1 A Miles 5/5; 2 M Chandler 4½; 3-7 J Miles, A Martin, J Anstead, G Anthony, L Smart 4; 8-14 T Fox, A Ashby, M Brigden, A Kosten, P Wells, C McSheehy, P Rossiter [3½]... other names DG Hackett, MI Davis, D Smith. 62 played (SCCU Bulletin No.146 (1982))

10th Charlton (16-18 July 1982) - Open - 1-5 M Chandler, A Lewis, CR Chandler, A Kosten, J Pigott 5/6. 74 played.


1983

Novag 1st Commonwealth Championship (Melbourne, 15-28 January 1983) 1-2 I Rogers, G Hjorth 7½/11; 3-4 R Keene, D Johansen 7; 5-7 M Chandler, O Sarapu, S Solomon 6½, etc

ARC Young Masters, Chichester (25-27 February 1983) - Masters - 1-4 A Kosten, P Littlewood, N Short, J Nunn 5/6; 5-6 M Chandler, M Pein 4½. 68 played.

Elstree/Borehamwood (30 April - 1 May 1983) - MC played but no report yet found

Charlton Jubilee QP (14 May 1983) - 30m/game - 1 P Large 6½/7; 2-3 C Crouch, AJ Stebbings 5½; 4-8 M Chandler, J Branford, J Wager, W Watson, T Chapman 5. 42 played.

British Championship, Southport (August 1983)


1984

Novag 2nd Commonwealth Championship, (Hong Kong, 14-27 March 1984): 1-2 K Spraggett, M Chandler 8½/11, 3-4 N Murshed, J Speelman 8; 5-6 Ivanov, Aaron 7½, etc.

Phillips & Drew Kings (London, 26 April - 11 May 1984)

USSR v World (London Docklands, 24-29 June 1984)

OHRA (Amsterdam, 17-27 July 1984)

British Championship (Brighton, 30 July - 10 August 1984)

8th Lloyds Bank Masters (London, 22-30 August 1984) - 1-5 J Nunn, M Chandler, S Kudrin, A Miles, B Spassky 7/9

Chequers Greater London Championship (County Hall, 31 August - 2 September 1984) - 1 J Nunn 5½/6, 2-6 V Anand, D Barua, N De Firmian, J Gallagher, M Hebden 5.

Brighton Zonal (12-20 December 1984)


1985

Portsmouth Open (1-3 February 1985) 1 M Chandler 5½/6 "the top section of the Portsmouth Congress at Rock Garden Pavilion, Southsea, was won by Murray Chandler 5½(6) after a fortunate victory over Tony Kosten, who was thereby relegated to a share of second place, half a point behind" (BCM, April 1985, p163)

3rd Novag Commonwealth Championship (16-26 February 1985)


1986

1st Halpern & Woolf London Open (Porchester Hall, Bayswater, 7-8 June 1986) - Open - 1-2 M Chandler, A Martin 4½/5; 3-8 C Crouch, R Gerber, D King, M Pein, C Pritchett, P Rossiter 4. 93 played.

14th Charlton (18-20 July 1986) - Open - 1 A Kosten 6/6; 2-3 M Chandler, J Plaskett 5½. 97 played.


1987

Thames TV/ BIS Group British Speed Chess Championship (London, Park Lane Hotel, 18-20 August 1987) Round of 16 (18 August): Teresa Needham 0-1 M Chandler; Quarter-Final (20 August): M Chandler 0-1 J Nunn.

11th Lloyds Bank Masters (London, 22-31 August 1987): 1-2 M Wilder (1st on tie-break), M Chandler 8/9. M Chandler won the concurrent Commonwealth Championship.

British Isles Open (Swansea, 4-6 September 1987): 1-5 J Nunn, M Chandler, I Rogers, S Kudrin, M Adams 4½ (6?). MC drew with Nunn, rd 5.

Barbican Open (London, 11-13 September 1987): 1 M Chandler, J Fedorowicz 5½/6; 3-4 G Flear, D King 5...

North London Weekend (undated in 1988/89 BCF Yearbook, but late October 1987 acc. BCM (February 1988, p68)): 1 M Chandler 6/6, 2 A Martin 5, 3-5 A Mortazavi, A Miles, J Levitt 4½. Chandler beat Miles in the last round.

23rd Islington Open (London, 18-20 December 1987): 1-2 K Arkell, M Chandler 5½/6; 3-6 M Adams, DA Fatin, J Gallagher, A Mortazavi 5; 7-10 A Kosten, A Martin, N McDonald, A Salem 4½ (88 players)

Leigh Grand Prix 1987: 1 M Chandler scoring 193.3, ahead of K Arkell 186.5. Won the Lloyds Bank Masters/Commonwealth open and three London weekenders. So close to the maximum that his shared firsts at Hastings 1986/87 and British isles Open did not need to be included.


1988

Luton Simul, 24 April 1988: +15, =2 (Nick McBride, A Tredinnick), -0.

Remploy North of England/Calderdale Open (Halifax, 30 April - 2 May 1988): 1 M Chandler 5½/6; 2-5 J Plaskett, D Norwood, K Arkell, G Lane 5, etc – 82 players. (results included = vs G Lane and + vs C Ward (rd 5).

Haninge, Sweden (9-21 May 1988): 1 L Polugaevsky 8/11; 2 U Andersson 7... 6-8 (included) M Chandler 5½ (12 player a.p.a.)

British QP Championship (Leeds, 18-19 June 1988) 1-5 M Chandler, G Flear, M Hebden, JM Hodgson, J Nunn 8½/11 (Chandler results: 1 v R Trow, 1 v P Gayson, 1 v I Thomas, 1 v P Large, 0 v G Flear, 0 v M Adams, 1 v J Hawthorne, ½ v A Dunnington, 1 v C Crouch, 1 v J Plaskett, 1 v D King)

12th Lloyds Bank Masters (20-29 August 1988) 1-2 M Adams, G Lane 8/10... 7-15 ... M Chandler 7...

British Isles Open (Swansea, undated but probably early September 1988?): 1-2 M Chandler, M Suba 5/6, 3-6 P Wells, AH Williams, J Howell, C Beaumont 4½


1989

Barnsdale Young Masters, Uppingham, 24-26 February 1989: 1 M Suba 5½/6, 2-4 K Arkell, G Crawley, G Flear 5, 5-12 M Chandler... 4½... 93 played

North of England Open (a.k.a. Calderdale Open), Halifax, 29 April - 1 May 1989: 1 M Chandler 5½; 2-4 P Wells, S Giddins, K Arkell 5... 79 played

British QP Championship (Leeds, 1-2 July 1989): 1 J Nunn 9½/11; 2 P Wells 9; 3-4 M Adams, I Sokolov 8½... 13-20 (including) M Chandler 7½ (1 v C Trevelyan, 1 v G Kenworthy, 0 v P Wells, 1 v M Page, 0 v G Wall, 1 v AP Smith, 1 v P Hutchinson, ½ v P Motwani, 0 v C Ward, 1 v DJ Walker, 1 v B Lund)

13th Lloyds Bank Masters (19-28 August 1989)


1990

14th Lloyds Bank Masters (18-27 August 1990)


1991


1992

British QP (Hammersmith, 26 June 1992) 1-2 W Watson, J Nunn 5½/6; 3-4 A Mortazavi, D Norwood 5; 5-12 J Levitt, G Kenworthy, A Kinsman, M Chandler, Salem, K Arkell, plus two IMs (names not given) 4½ (SCCU Bulletin No.207 (1992))

16th Lloyds Bank Masters (22-31 August 1992) - Chandler 6½/10


1993


1994

Southend simul 1994 (no date)  +11, -0, =1 (Charles Bowring)


1999

Redbus KO (Southend, 2-5 April 1999) - Rd 1: M Chandler 10010 C McNab.


File updated
Date Notes
27 August 2020

Initial upload of 1,587 games, from 1973 to the end of 1989 (including Hastings 1989/90). These include several hundred games not seen before, mostly from domestic UK events such as weekenders and club/county matches. Murray sent me scans of scoresheets which I then input. A few scores are incomplete (moves missing, partly illegible); others are missing names of opponents, event identifiers, dates, etc. I have concentrated mainly on games Murray played in the UK, with my understanding being that Murray's New Zealand games are being worked on by Bill Forster in New Zealand (results of his work to be found at the Peter Stuart NZ Games Games Database). That said, it embraces all the games that have been hitherto available on commercial databases, and I have endeavoured to find round numbers and dates for these games where they are missing on ChessBase, as well as correcting misidentified opponents, etc. I am continuing to edit games played by Murray from 1990 onwards (another 651 games as things stand) and will add these when I've finished tidying up dates and round numbers.

Below on this page I have appended some rough notes I made whilst conducting the input process, identifying many of the domestic UK events that Murray played in during the 1970s and 1980s. I used it to help sort out which events various unattributed scoresheets related to, and it occurs to me that it might prove useful for others to refer to.

I have timed publication of this database of games to coincide with Murray's own Facebook autobiography at the point when he arrived in England in 1975, in which he uses images of his old scoresheets and press cuttings to illustrate the story of his chess career. This unique and innovative narrative is open to all to read, whether Facebook users or not, at this link: https://www.facebook.com/murray.chandler.58

29 August 2020 Number of games now 1,592. Following the initial upload, I am grateful for amendments and additions from Andy Ansel, Ian Rogers and Michael Yeo. Andy helped me with names of players from Murray's 1979 visit to the USA. Michael provided me with further data regarding his game with Murray from Charlton 1977, including the fact that the Charlton tournament, though retaining its usual name, was actually played in Moorgate, London, due to the unavailability of its usual venue. Ian has supplied some further games: (1) Johansen-MC, Portsmouth 1985; (2) Johansen-MC, Hong Kong Commonwealth Championship 1983; (3) D Johansen-MC, Borehamwood 1983; (4) D Johansen-MC, Australian Junior (U18) Championship 1975; (5) MC-I.Rogers, Aysralian Junior (U18) Championship 1975. Many thanks to all. I've also tidied up a few names and added a few more ratings where they were missing.
29 August 2020 Phil Adams informs me that, in his game against Murray from Chorley 1976, the colours and result were Chandler (white) 1-0 Adams (black). Many thanks for that, Phil, and I solemnly promise never to insert a spurious middle initial "J" into your name again.
30 August 2020 Tim Harding pointed out date errors in some of the games played in the City of London Open, February 1979. The tournament dates are correct but four of the game dates showed the year as 1977. Now fixed. Thanks for the feedback, Tim.
1 September 2020 Brian Denman has kindly gone to the trouble of contacting Murray's opponent Alan Palmer in their game from October 1975 to tighten up an unclear score. As a result we now have a slight correction to the moves at the end of the game, plus more detailed game data and date. It was played on 30 October 1975. Thanks to Brian and Alan.
2 September 2020 A couple of amendments to the tournament notes given below. Ian Thompson supplied some further info regarding the Kent Junior Championships of October 1975, and I have included some comments from Murray's postcard to his parents that he featured in his latest Facebook entry (also October 1975). Thanks to Ian and Murray.
2 September 2020 Mark Page contributed a rapidplay game he played with Murray at the British Quickplay Championship in Leeds in July 1989. Thanks, Mark.
3 September 2020 Brian Denman points out a wrong date - from the July 1979 National Bank of Dubai Open – the 5th round game against Douglas Shallcross should be dated 29.07.1979 (not 1980). Later that same year, the Brighton tournament: the start and end dates (13 December and 19 December) are correct but the rounds were played thus (round numbers in brackets): (1) 13.12.1979; (2) 14.12.1979; (3) 14.12.1979; (4) 15.12.1979; (5) 16.12.1979; (6) 16.12.1979; (7) 17.12.1979; (8) 18.12.1979; (9) 19.12.1979. My thanks to Brian.
4 September 2020 Robert K Taylor emailed me with some more info regarding the Buckley Open of May 1976. Firstly, his name is as given (not RG Taylor which was my original interpretation of a very faint scoresheet). Secondly, his game with Murray was played in the second round, so the Timmins game must have been played in round 4. Robert has also given a little further information about who scored what in the tournament which I have placed in the notes down the page. He remembers that Murray's colour sequence was BBWW and was expecting White in the fifth and final round. But David Levy expected White too! He had had BWBW previously, and won the argument as to who had White in the final round. I've also supplied a forename for Murray's third round opponent, Peter G Killick.
11 September 2020 Murray has resolved the mystery about his opponent in the 1976 Max Fuller Elo tournament. It was Paul the son (and not John the father) Littlewood whom he played. The file has been updated.
15 September 2020 Murray has reconstructed the bulk of the moves of his win against Julian Hodgson from the last round of the 1975 Southampton Open by reference to his private notes and a contemporary publication of part of the game. I have included some of his contemporary analysis in the score.
16 September 2020 One more game added: Lawrence Cooper kindly sent me his draw with Murray in the 4th round of the Barnsdale Young Masters, 25 February 1989.