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Browne, Walter Shawn

Walter Shawn Browne, born in Sydney, Australia on Jan 10, 1949, is a six-time U.S. chess champion (1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, and 1983).  He became a Grandmaster in 1970 while representing Australia (he was born in Australia and raised in New York).  In 1988, he founded the World Blitz Chess Association (WBCA).  He was inducted in the US Hall of Fame in 2003.  In 1966 he won the US Junior Championship.  He has won the National Open 11 times and the American Open 8 times (from 1971 to 1997).  He won the first World Open, held in New York, in 1973.  In 1964 he won the New York State Junior Championship with a perfect 5-0 score.  In 1966 he won the first U.S. Junior Championship.  In 1969 he won the Australian championship.  In a Canadian tournament in 1971, one of Browne’s opponents tried to fluster him in a time-pressure scramble by banging an extra Queen down on the side of the board.  The opponent’s pawn was about to make it to the 8th rank and get promoted to a Queen.  Browne picked up the extra Queen and hurled it across the tournament room.  Browne learned the game at age 8.  He made master at age 14.  He dropped out of high school (Erasmus High) to play chess and poker.  His wife, Racquel, is a clinical psychologist from Argentina.  In 2005, he won the US Senior Open in Las Vegas. In June 2007 he was scheduled to play in the U.S. Championship in Las Vegas.  He entered a poker tournament at the same time and took 2nd place in the poker event, winning close to $132,000.  He didn't play in the chess tournament.

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