Tony Miles - the First Native Born British Grandmaster

Tony Miles - the First Native Born British Grandmaster

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NM GreenLaser
Apr 11, 2009, 12:00 AM |
9 | Chess Players

Tony Miles (April 23, 1955-November 12, 2001) became the first over-the-board grandmaster born in the United Kingdom in 1976. His best results were in the 1970s and 1980s. He was able to win games against several former world champions. His most famous victim was Anatoly Karpov, the world champion, in 1980. Miles replied to 1.e4 with 1...a6 and won. In the following game, Miles started the game with the more aggressive 1.g3. OK, more flexible. His opponent, Ulf Andersson of Sweden, was born June 27, 1951 and became a grandmaster in 1972. Andersson reached as high as number four on the FIDE rating list. The highest Miles attained was number 18. Andersson was known to be very difficult to win against. He also became a grandmaster at correspondence chess. This game can be played over quickly, but it will be beneficial if the reader takes time to examine each of Black's moves, without immediately playing White's next move, and ask, "How does one beat Andersson here?" Tony Miles did it.

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