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John Saunders


BRITBASE - British Chess Game Archive

Player/Publication Collections

This page features collections of games by player and by publication. I would like to feature more of these, reflecting various standards of players over different decades. Anyone rated/graded, say, 2000/175 at their peak, with games going back a few decades comes into consideration. Any offers? JS.

Posted Player
03/05/16 London Central YMCA (Centymca) Games, 1973-76
These games have been input from the bulletin The Centymca Story by Jimmy Adams, published in 1976, which I have supplemented with a few more relevant games sourced from elsewhere. Games input without notes for the most part. For further details of what the file contains, click on the link. Updated 9/10/2015 - 174 games. Updated 03/05/16, with a game which Korchnoi lost to Peter Montgomery at a simul in Luton in 1976. Many thanks to Mark McCready.
17/04/16 Mir Sultan Khan 182 games, plus part-games and stubs, by the legendary Indian/Pakistani player Mir Sultan Khan (c1905-66), who played most of his chess whilst residing in the UK between 1929 and 1933. As of the date of posting (26/02/16), it is probably the most comprehensive collection of Sultan Khan's games currently online, though there are gaps that still need to be filled. Updated 06/02/16, complete 1931 Whitaker game (cable match) now available, thanks to Andy Ansel. Updated 26/02/16, with one 1929 simul game v E Irving, thanks to Roger Watson. Updated 25/03/16 to include the missing game from the 1932 Flohr match in London (game 5), from the Gillam booklet. Updated 27/03/16, added county match game played against Vera Menchik, 14 Nov 1931, many thanks to Brian Denman. Updated 17/04/16, complete game score of 1932 British Championship game v Fairhurst (rd 11) added - thanks to Alan McGowan.
17/04/16 Bernard Cafferty 1,898 games played by FIDE Master Bernard Cafferty (born 1934). Most of the games I input myself, from scoresheets and scorebooks kindly lent by Bernard himself. It is not complete - we have still to locate some material - but I have input everything that we have found so far and there may not be too much to follow. If anyone else comes across Bernard's games in publications and bulletins which are not included here, I would be grateful if they could forward them to me. My thanks to Ray Cannon for submitting some additional games. 

I only have a handful of the games Bernard played in the 1971 Albena tournament as Bernard has not yet been able to find his original scoresheets. Can anyone help with that? This has been quite a time-consuming project for me - I hope you enjoy it. N.B. the PGN file is 1.4mbs in size. Updated 16/01/2016 - games from 2015/16 Tradewise Hastings Masters added. Updated 17/04/16 to remove the spurious middle initial 'W' that I had erroneously inserted into Ken Whyld's name. He had no middle name. Apologies for this error.
25/03/16 Comins Mansfield 29 games played by Comins Mansfield (1896-1984). Of course, vastly better known as a problemist, and the world's first GM of that branch of chess, Comins Mansfield was also a fine OTB player. Gerard Killoran has gathered together these games, including a notable win over Sir George Thomas. I've included links to biographies of Mansfield at Wikipedia and also Bob Jones' splendid piece on him at Chess Devon. Many thanks to Gerard for collecting the games. Originally posted 05/09/15. Updated 25/03/16 to include a 1938 game versus WA Fairhurst. My thanks again to Gerard Killoran.
29/10/15 University Chess Annual 1950-54
These 92 games are from University Chess Annual, of which four issues appeared between 1950 and 1953/4. PDFs of these booklets may also be accessed here.
30/08/15 Barry Sandercock 7 games, including simul wins against Jonathan Penrose and Sir Stuart Milner-Barry. As at 2015, Barry Sandercock (born 1930) is one of the most active club players in England and an old colleague of mine from when I played county chess for Buckinghamshire in the 1960s. But Barry goes back much further than that - he recalls making his county debut in 1946! I persuaded him to show us a few of his games over the years. These are mainly from simuls, with one notable one-to-one win against John Littlewood. JEL was very old at the time - but, then, so was Barry! Many thanks to Barry for sending me the games. JS.
08/07/15 Ian Wells 274 games played by Ian Duncan Wells, one of England's most promising players of the 1980s before he met with a tragic accident in Brazil in January 1982. I am greatly indebted to Sean Parker, who has collected and input more than 100 of Wells' games from scans of the player's original scoresheets. I have added a good number myself, including games from Wells' last tournament in Brazil. Note that very few of these games currently appear on commercial or online databases (no more than 66 on Mega Database as at July 2015). I have done my best to resolve a number of mix-ups between the player's games and those of his near namesake and contemporary GM Peter Wells. EDIT 12/7/2015: now 274 games altogether - three games Ivell-Wells added, many thanks to Nick Ivell.
07/06/09 Peter C Griffiths 1,008 games. Peter C Griffiths (born 1946) is a strong amateur player (of about 2250-2300 strength) who was active from the early 1960s to 1989 when he gave up competitive chess. This database was prepared by Matthew Tapp from scores made available by Peter Griffiths. Matthew has done a splendid job and I am indebted to him for making this file available for publication on Britbase. Note that Mega Database 2009 purports to have 106 games played by Peter Griffiths but in fact the ones they have dated 1991 and after were actually played by Paul V Griffiths (born 1976) and not Peter C Griffiths. (Update 2015: just to prove that those good people at ChessBase do take notice of what I write here, they've since separated the Peters from the Pauls and have the Griffiths games correctly attributed.)